06-14-2011, 05:36 AM
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Wales, UK
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I'm beginning to understand why some people buy mutts
I've been looking for puppy number two and I'm finding it an absolute minefield because I'm trying to do the right thing. I've been looking for breeders on the Kennel Club website but I've just found out that breeders pay to get on the accredited scheme and that a popular puppy farm scam is to credit puppies from two bitches to one so that they can breed more frequently (KC registered bitches are only supposed to have one litter a year). As there is no inspection of premises it is possible to tick all the boxes but still be a bad breeder.
Some breeders seem to test for everything, others don't see the point of testing the pups if you're not going to breed or show (other than a vet check). I've just spoken to a very helpful breeder who shows his dogs and feels that if I buy from a member of the Mini Schnauzer club then at least they have their dogs' health and welbeing at heart. But, for an normal 'punter' like me, this makes things even more confusing because there isn't a single person on the Mini Schnauzer breeder's list who's also on the Kennel Club breeder's list.
And, the cheapest puppy I find is £650, the most expensive is £850 (so is it only well off people who can afford well bred dogs?). All I want is a pet who is healthy and stable and from a person who has the dog's best interests at heart. I don't want to breed and I don't want to show and I don't care if it's registered with the Kennel Club - particularly now I know it doesn't guarantee the things I consider important. It's deeply depressing and very confusing. Hopefully I'll get there in the end.