The last few days, much to my bemusement, I have received phone calls, asking if I have any puppies available now or near future. One has to ask whether these people are living in some sort of alternative universe to ourselves. Why?
Well, let's look at why I'm bemused by people at this time inquiring if I have any puppies available.
Firstly we have a little thing called, "Covid 19" doing the rounds at the moment. Not breeding the litter that I had planned, I will admit would of been a welcome injection of cash, to spay some of my girls and do some other veterinary work, but our bread and butter income is that of the partnership we have doing agricultural work. I can't really afford to be ill, I can't really afford anyone else in our home being ill. So not breeding, means I remove a risk of contact with people, because we breed our dogs, right in the epicenter of our home. So coming to get a pup from us, would mean coming into our home and what if our home went down with this illness, whilst waiting on a litter or having pups in the home?
Secondly, there is a real chance in the next couple weeks of shutdown and restriction of movement,. Now getting a puppy, as much as you may want it, I can't see it being on the Government's list of nessary movement.
Thirdly, if you have a litter due, bred before this all kicked off or on the floor at the moment you can be excused, but anyone mating dogs together at this time I would seriously question, their reasoning and whether they could be called an "ethical" breeder. I have already sent an email to my local MP asking to keep an eye over the pet breeding sector, as I believe we could have a welfare crisis on our hands, especially with big commercial dog breeders, as we can already see a big slow up in the puppy buying market. I have suggested maybe offering financial insentives (as they are in other sectors) to encourage commercial breeders to lay off breeding their dogs for a period of time, to ease the market and to ease the envitable off loading of dogs to shelters, as people struggle financially.
Fourthly, say you manage to get a pup now. It's vaccinations done and it's time you need to get them out in the big widerworld. How exactly, do you plan to do that? At the moment the Government's advice is to avoid non-essential travel and contact, by the time your pup is ready to socialise, we may be on lock down. We could see a lot more badly socialised dogs, and over filled dog shelters, if people don't start looking further than their nose.
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Welcome to this blog. I am Jane, a hobby breeder, situated in North Devon, England, UK (map at bottom of page ,shows where we are) on a quest to breed a healthier small spaniel similar to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
WE DO NOT EXPORT PUPPIES
Why I don't export
Our breeding dogs are multi generational extensively health tested. With all our breeding stock having recommended and relevant DNA tests for their breed/breeds. We also have breeding stock annually eye examined on the BVA Hereditary Eye Disease Scheme for dogs, MRI scanned on the BVA scheme using the BVA chiari malformation /syringomyelia breeding protocol, and heart examined using The Kennel Club Heart Scheme for Cavalier King Charles breeding protocol