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I think I know the answer already but do Pets4Homes use puppy farms?

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AllergicToNutters Thu 22-Mar-12 22:27:59

My friend has pointed me in the direction of pups available on Pets4Homes several times now. I have told her that I am sure they are farmed pups but she is convinced they aren't (she got a Bichon Frise through them). Her pup has had no health issues and seems gorgeous and well socialised which is why she is convinced I am being overcautious and a bit 'precious' about the origins of any dog I will bring into our family. Out of curiosity I rang a 'breeder' this evening who is selling a litter of yellow lab retrievers for £195 each!!!!!!!! I asked a few pointed questions and he was clearly a twat and only in it for the money. Well, that's the impression I got anyway. But I don;t have any real facts. Another friend has bought a labradoodle from them about a year ago and she seems fine too. Anyone got any real information on them?

RoverQuestion Mon 26-Nov-12 10:01:16

Thanks again Scuttlebutter, have had a quick look at Scruples and will go back and look properly.

Re the garden, it's certainly not fort knox by any means - although it is fenced all the way round, a determined dog could probably dig a hole under the fence quite easily, or even scale it in places if its legs were bouncy enough. It was fine for our previous dog (a Westie), but she didn't really have the wit or the will to make bids for freedom grin

We haven't even got as far as a home check stage yet with any of the rescues though.

I suppose it's quite hard to find the kind of dog we want really - small, not overly prone to escaping, polite, placid...

Our Westie was gorgeous and ticked most of the boxes except for being very barky and going nuts when someone came to the door, I would consider another one though, depending on its personality.

Spicy Pear - thanks yes that does make sense, and I'd much rather get a dog from a rescue than someone who is just trying to privately sell or get rid of a dog they don't want any more (you see quite a few of those ads around too sad ).

Scuttlebutter Mon 26-Nov-12 11:12:56

Don't worry Rover, it will take a little time for the perfect dog to make its way to you. I'd definitely go back to Scruples for a second look - what you've described sounds OK.

One thing to bear in mind though, considering the time of year is that many (not all) rescues suspend rehoming over the run up to and the Christmas/New Year period. Many reasons for this - but obviously rescues wish to avoid any suggestion of dogs being given as Christmas presents. Also, it is often a bad time to introduce a new dog to the family - lots of fragile decorations, grin, masses of visitors, lots of chocolate lying around, etc. You 'll be fine at the moment but it's something to bear in mind as we go through December. smile

RoverQuestion Mon 26-Nov-12 12:01:09

Thanks Scuttlebutter, that's encouraging smile

Re Christmas, yes I'd forgotten but now you mention it, that's what one of the rescues said a couple of weeks ago, that they don't rehome till January now.

Kimj1986 Thu 06-Dec-12 16:56:42

I have bought a puppy from a breeder on pets4homes that has been breeding for over 20 years and Alot of people I know and know of have had puppy's from her over the years and thay have all lived to be of the average age for the breeds it's no different getting a pet of line than when people used to get pets from adds out the paper people just need to know wot to look for when buying a pet

WTFwasthat Sun 09-Dec-12 22:30:09

i looked at p4h many times when looking for a pup for us. i ended up getting a rescue puppy but anyway. i did call a few ads and you can instantly tell if you know what questons to ask!

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LoathsomeDrab Sun 11-Jan-15 02:08:07

My feelings toward hip scoring are, that no matter how well a parent dog does on her test her puppies can still have their hips knocked out of shape by new owners making a puppy run after balls and with older dogs before it is a year old. And as to eye testing, my dogs can see far further than I can. When the cows and the horses got out some of our dogs could see them and herded them home even before we could see where they were using binoculars. I think some health tests are money makers, and unnecessary, and more and more seem to come on the market each year, DNA is the latest I believe. Mind you that is a good one, ensuring there is only the breed you are buying is inside that puppy.

Fucking hell. And there is everything said about the types of breeder you're most likely to find on P4H confirmed shock

ravenAK Sun 11-Jan-15 02:28:59

...which is exactly why we're looking into adopting an older dog.

That post is really quite shocking. sad

Adarajames Sun 11-Jan-15 02:36:42

Resurrecting a very old thread to promote their very awful puppy business - evil!!

Snugglepiggy Sun 11-Jan-15 06:54:55

What a lot of people don't realise- my own daft DD amongst them despite us working with dogs for years- is that if you do your research,choose an established breed- not one of the new 'designer' dogs - and go to a Kennel Club registered breeder.The parents will have been health screened and you will actually pay no more,and probably even less.Our Springers cost £500 each and we have come across labradoodles,cavachons,cockatoos ( if. I see another - lovely as they may be- I might scream)especially when people have paid up to £ 800 pounds.Thats what's feeding the puppy farm industry even more.Or if you want a mongrel go to a rescue.I do think part of the problem is that rescues are shooting themselves in the foot and doing many lovely cross breeds a disservice.But with our increasing PC,risk averse litigious outlook on life they won't rehome if people work or have children in some cases.Both our previous 'rescues' turned up on the doorstep and despite trying to trace there owners we needed up keeping,for 15 and 14 years respectively.With our jobs and small children no doubt nowadays a rescue may well have deemed us unsuitable - I don't think our dogs would have voted so. They were loved,adored,walked for miles and gave us back more than we gave them.For me it would be rescue mongrel or kennel club breeder if. I wanted a specific breed every time.

Snugglepiggy Sun 11-Jan-15 06:57:17

Meant cockapoos obviously!

Buttholelane Sun 11-Jan-15 21:20:36

Some excellent breeders advertise on pets4homes, you just have to be careful and know what to look out for.
As it is an advertising site, ANYONE can advertise puppies, good or bad.

mrslaughan Sun 11-Jan-15 21:44:28

Rover - have you looked at hounds first sight hound rescue I think......another mumsnetter took in a pregnant lurched...anyway it ended up with them. They would be worth a look.

LadyTurmoil Mon 12-Jan-15 09:22:20

As Scuttle said, try smaller rescues, which are often more flexible re. age of children etc. All the bigger, national charities seem to set a higher age limit for childen, not taking personal/family circumstances into account.

If you're in the South of UK, look at Pro Dogs Direct or try some here

MehsMum Mon 12-Jan-15 09:55:46

I'd just like to point out that 'Kennel Club breeder' is no guarantee of quality. Plenty of people show and breed dogs with health issues.

Very few health tests are compulsory for KC breeders. Let's not forget that the KC is implicated in breeding practices that have resulted in very extreme types of dogs: dogs which cannot whelp naturally (many bulldogs, for example), which often cannot breathe properly (pugs, for example) or which are prone to inherited disorders as a direct result of inbreeding to fix a particular 'type'.

Nothing trumps doing your own research. I have crossbred dogs (yes, mongrels if you like) and while I would consider a pedigree, I would look very closely at the levels of inbreeding and the health of the lines in question.

ender Mon 12-Jan-15 10:21:05

Scuttlebutter's suggestion to google phone numbers is good. When I was thinking about getting first dog didn't have a clue about what to look out for. I arranged to see a litter of lab pups advertised on an internet site.
Carried on browsing other sites and noticed there were also cockapoo puppies with same mobile number.
I arrived at address (small terraced house in town centre). 5 lab pups in hallway with their skinny mum, no toys or blankets. I wasn't asked into the house.
Woman there with a little girl, we were all squashed together and it was weird. I mentioned the ad for the cockapoo pups with her phone number and asked to see them as well.
Atmosphere suddenly became very strained as a man came into the room with unpleasant expression on his face saying it wasn't convenient, he must've been listening, I felt scared and left.

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BordercolliesRbonkers Wed 14-Jan-15 14:56:37

Re my previous post (had to re register to reply) I am not a puppy farmer. If I were do you think I'd public ally post a comment? I was trying to make a point that after breeding border collies successfully for 42 years I did not see the sense in some health checks, especially when my experience tells me if a dog was unsuitable for breeding. Usually my puppies are reserved long before they are born or even before a mating takes place. Or take this week for example 7 puppies born on the 9th and six of them reserved before the 13th. Let me tell you why. Every puppy is fully vaccinated micro chipped and insured before leaving here. I give a free 15 kilo sack of CSJ K9 puppy food with every puppy OR a Scandinavian Interactive dog puzzle OR a puppy travel crate and the new owner decides which gift is practical for them. On top of this is a pack of puppy training mats a professionally produced photograph of the puopy with its mother and siblings a dam scented comfortbrug, a breeders contract with various promises and information sheet. Each puppy has 2 vet health checks and is wormed and treated for fleas. Frequent bonding visits are encouraged too and new owners can take their puppy out into the meadows to play. Let me ask you who branded me an irresponsible breeder how many KC reg breeders do all of this? I do my utmost to ensure my puppies are well bred and have everything they need for their start in life as per age old experience. The majority of dogs bred by me live 15 to 20 years. And far from resurrecting and old post to share a view this I was unaware of as it showed up on a search engine and I thought it looked interesting. One other thing I do not need to promote my business and I do not sell puppies to just anyone. Families with young children are told to wait until the children are at least 3 years old for border collies are herders and will nip ankles and this can frighten a child for life. Enough said. I just got upset to be branded irresponsible and a backyard breeder. Nothing can be further from the truth where I am concerned.

LoathsomeDrab Wed 14-Jan-15 16:12:03

I did not see the sense in some health checks, especially when my experience tells me if a dog was unsuitable for breeding.

I'm very impressed that your experience allows you to determine the genetic health of your dogs without appropriate testing.

I've got a rescue (a BC x incidentally) who came from a breeder who didn't feel the need to health test. She started losing her sight at around 6 months and was completely blind by 18 months. She needed major surgery and had a long and often uncomfortable recovery just to restore some sight. It's highly likely she'll have further problems with her eyes as she ages. Health testing could have prevented that but, hey, it's a money making scam right?

TeamSteady Wed 14-Jan-15 18:36:45

Tbh, i would far far rather that a breeder had made sure that their dogs were healthy via the recommended health test than give me a free puppy crate and some photoshmm

My girls breeder of course did the health tests, socialised the puppies, had them vet checked and microchipped and has kept in touch with me over the past 3.5 years, has been there through any problems or to offer advice and enjoyed hearing updates. She is happy to help mentor us when we have a litter with our girl. To me that is everything a breeder should be.

EasyToEatTiger Wed 14-Jan-15 20:46:13

Puppy farms use Pets4Homes. Here is a program about it. I have seen some well dodgy ads on the website and spoken to some well dodgy people. Always a bit odd to get a dog then not to want it after less than a week.....

BordercolliesRbonkers Wed 14-Jan-15 21:57:59

Health testing might have revealed a potential of blindness but the only outcome change would have been you would not have bought her. It would not have changed her outcome. On other hand there are some well known dog food brands that cause epilepsy that in turn causes blindness. Let's say I eye test a puppy and it is clear then it is fed one of these brands (that my contract warns against by name) and it goes blind following a fit, whose fault is it then? Eyes from puppyhood have a certain look to them that would stop me buying them if it rouses my suspicion. Recently and only because people are making such a big thing about it I have started to have litters eye tested but when they all test clear my theory remains true but now I just have a certificate that proves it and reassures people. However for all the dogs out there that are blind have you noticed that sight is a bonus to them? Dogs sense of smell is so acute they can adapt without the use of sight and what little reliance they may place on people brings out compassion and such love in us that in a round about way the experience was not to be missed. Your blind dog and you were all the better for that experience and likely you wouldn,'t part with her for the world. I do get the points you raise but if we are to health test for so many things it does not speak highly of a breeders capability to use their expertise not to have bred with the parent dogs in the first instance.

BordercolliesRbonkers Wed 14-Jan-15 22:08:30

Yes I agree with this. It is worth remembering though that you get what you pay for. A cheap puppy is an expensive vet bill. You must ensure you look beyond the fluff and appeal of a puppy and examine it well, as you would when buying any secondhand item. Puppies are not brand new. They are secondhand. They are only as good as they have been reared. One must see the parents and if possible the grandparents (I have the grandparents). And it must be that those puppies are comfortable in the presence of the bitch said to be their mum. If in doubt walk away. Doing that actually will give you an answer. If you are sworn at or branded a time waster likely you are leaving behind a puppy farmer for they are callous people.

BordercolliesRbonkers Wed 14-Jan-15 22:19:13

It is not cost thatbdeters me from health testing it is the stress a puppy undergoes to have all the tests done. I have a promise on my contract that if any dog I have bred suffers a genetic defect within the first 3 years of its life I will without question (so long as the microchip numbers match) refund in full the price that was paid for that puppy, or offer a free puppy from a different litter with different parents and have the parents of the affected puppy neutrtrd forthwith. In 42 years of breeding that has only been called in 4 times. 1 blind dog that was bred by a reputable breeder and a judge at Crufts the dog had PRA and 3 dogs that had epilepsy one of whom had been fed ham and the brand of food I advise against.

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