IKC registrations, going up or down ?

This recession that we are in the midst of is hitting all of us hard. Is there any light at the end of the tunnel at all ? I have noticed over the last few moths, that there are far less IKC registered dogs or pups being advertised on the general classified web sites. In 2009 I know that revenue from dog registrations was down significantly on the previous year, with the Irish Kennel Club (IKC), has anybody got the figure for 2010 ? If it were a case that less dogs were being bred in Ireland, I'm sure we would all agree that this was a good thing, but I'm not so sure. I blogged recently about Pure Bred Non Registered (PBNR) http://www.pedigreedogs.ie/2010/12/23/pbnr/ Are IKC registered dogs losing out ? If so what can be done to educate people that if you want a pup, where you are fairly certain as to what this pup will grow into both size and temperament wise,  then a pure bred dog is the logical choice. As I have mentioned before, the IKC are the only reg…
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Pedigree Dogs Vet – Traveling With Your Pet

The Road Safety Authority's new campaign on road safety neglects one issue -- traveling safely with animals in the car.  It is important that you and your passengers buckle up, whether your passenger has 2 legs or 4 legs!  The proper safety measures can save both your life and your pet's.When going on a car journey, regardless of how short it is, you must keep animals restrained.  This will prevent them from jumping onto the dashboard or out the window, or even sitting or standing in your lap while you are driving.  If you have a cat or small dog, the easiest mode of transport is a travel cage.  You can attach the cage to the seat belt for extra security.  For larger dogs, use a dog seat belt.  This is a harness that you can connect to the seat belt.  You can also use the harness for walking when you take you dog out of the car.  If your car is large enough, you can fit a large cage or divider to create a separate area for your dog.  We have had clients that have either been in…
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Put your money where your mouth is.

I'm sure a lot of our regular visitors will know already why we started Pedigreedogs.ie If not we make reference to the same in the "About US" section on the site. Recently there has been a lot of talk and mainly anger at the proposed Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, (Animal Health & Welfare Policy Division) Welfare of Animals Bill in Northern Ireland. Basically a person commits an offence if they show a dog that has been docked after the said bill has been enacted at a show where the public pay an admission fee I think we all knew that this was on the cards after it was introduced at some shows in the UK The following couple in the UK have stepped up to the mark, and put their money where their mouth is in relation to fit for function, Hunt, Punt, Retrieve (HPR) dual purpose dogs (i.e. used in the field and then shown at conformation dog shows) The Docked and Denied campaign grew from an idea that Maxine McCullough and Wendy Oxman had on…
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Why advertise on www.pedigreedogs.ie ?

We are the only dedicated site in Ireland that deals with Pedigree Dogs, registered with the Irish Kennel Club and Kennel Club (London) Unlike any other dog related website, we review every single ad before it is published, ensuring that only ad’s that meet our criteria will go live, so that your ad will only share space with like minded breeders. The emphasis throughout is on attracting reputable breeders and owners and there are a number of stipulations that have to be met – puppies or adult dogs being sold must be registered with the Irish Kennel Club or the Kennel Club London, ads must be accompanied by a photo that promotes responsible dog ownership, showing dogs of good health, and kept in suitable conditions, no exaggerated claims can be used in the text. Only people living on the Island of Ireland can use the site to advertise on. We are a site that only advertises registered puppies You will not see adds with puppies or adult dogs living in appalling con…
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It’s Bath time

With February being the month of LOVE, I just know you are all going to love this clip. C'mon even the big men amongst us, with our macho Dog Breeds would have to say they enjoyed it...Having said that, I am a Dachshund man, so maybe I am just a little biased.
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Cancer in Dogs.

We never think it will happen to us, but I'm sure we all know somebody that has lost a dog to Cancer. It seems to be more prevalent now than ever. Depending on whom you talk to, some blame it on the diet we feed our beloved dogs, others on over vaccination, spot on treatments for ticks & fleas,whilst others say it's genetic As with human medicine, there are great advancements in Veterinary Care in Ireland, and with the introduction of Continuing Veterinary Education from 2012, all Vets must attend at least 2 - 3 refresher courses per year, in order to continue to practice in the state. Approximately 25% of dogs will now die of cancer. Although this is a very alarming statistic, a positive diagnosis of cancer should not be seen as a death sentence. Cancer can be treated, and in many cases it can be cured. The success of treatment will depend on the type of cancer, the treatment used and on how early the tumour is found. Treatment will either be surgery, radiotherapy or c…
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And the winner is…..?

Firstly, thank you to everybody that entered the Creedons Doggie Daycare / Pedigreedogs.ie January Competition Unfortunately there can only be one winner....and the lucky person whom will receive a voucher worth € 300 for Daycare facilities at Creedons Doggie Daycare is...Pia Boysen Special thanks to Creedons Doggie Daycare for offering this superb prize and for offering Cork Dog owners a fantastic facility, and numerous ongoing training classes
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It’s Competition Time !(Closing Date today)

How would you like to be in with a chance to win a 1 month doggie daycare voucher worth €300 from Creedons Doggie Daycare ? All you have to do is email the answer to the following question to [email protected] and also click the like button on Creedons- Doggie Daycare and Pedigreedogs Facebook pages. Question: What year was Cork Dog Action Welfare Group (DAWG) established If for geographical reasons you are not in a position to redeem the voucher, maybe you would like to donate it to DAWG, and they might then offer it with a Dog that is rescued from them. All correct answers that have clicked the Like buttons on the respective Facebook pages will be entered into a hat and 1 winner will be drawn from same on the 31-01-11 (more…)
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Dog offered at Stud

Contained in the advice on purchasing which is on every page of www.pedigreedogs.ie the following can be found "In relation to Pups on the site (or Dogs being offered at Stud) we would recommend asking the owner if the pups parents (or Stud Dog) has had the relevant breed specific health checks, and request to see proof of same" Is it due to the economic downturn, that every second ad on the dog section of the general classified sites these days is a dog offered for stud. Maybe it's the owners last ditch attempt to raise some funds in order to keep the dog, with the last step being advertised for sale for a genuine reason. Any suggestions regarding educating the general public that all dogs should have the relevant breed specific health checks, before mating, would be most welcome.
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Keep your pet healthy.  All new pets should be brought to your vet for a check-up, even if it has had all its vaccinations.  After your initial visit, you should bring your pet annually to the vet for a health check and yearly vaccinations.  In between vet visits, you should monitor your pet’s weight and energy levels, as well as the condition of its skin and coat, teeth and nails, and eyes and ears. Bring your pet to the vet right away if you notice anything abnormal. Spay or neuter your pet.  This not only helps with population control, but also decreases or prevents the risk of certain conditions, including some types of cancer.  Spayed and neutered pets are also less likely to roam, go missing, get in fights, or get hit by cars.  Spaying and neutering should be done when your pet reaches 5-6 months of age, preferably before the first heat. Treat your pet for fleas and worms.  Flea treatments should be done every one to two months, depending on which product you use.  …
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Dachshund If you are interested in becoming the owner of a Dachshund and after checking out our classified section by clicking the button to the top right of this page, haven't found a Dachshund for sale, email us and we will put you in contact with a reputable breeder of Dachshunds. ORIGIN : Germany. DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 13.03.2001. UTILIZATION : Hunting dog above and below ground. CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. :Group 4 Dachshunds. With working trial. BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : The Dachshund, also called Dackel or Teckel, has been known since the Middle Ages.  From the « Bracken », dogs were constantly bred which were specially suitable for hunting below ground.  From these short legged dogs, the Dachshund evolved and was recognised as one of the most versatile and useful breeds of hunting dogs.  He also has excellent achievements above ground, hunting while giving tongue, searching and tracking wounded game.  The oldest Club devo…
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Internet Pharmacies to be Vetted !

In April of this year in the UK, there will be new regulations in relation to the control of internet pharmacies that supply veterinary medicines. Commenting, Harvey Locke, President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) said: ‘Without proper regulation online pharmacies could be sourcing drugs from overseas and selling counterfeit medicines that look genuine to unsuspecting pet owners. These medicines are placebos at best and dangerous at worst" Recently I was looking at maybe having to switch one of our dogs onto a veterinary diet, and although I order my everyday dog food online, this would have to be bought from a veterinary practice. I'm sure there are good reasons for this, but I don't think that if this was available from the normal outlets people would feed it to their dogs just for the fun of it, after all it is more expensive. Surely if it was available and you had written confirmation from your vet that your dog was in need of this food , then you should …
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Pedigree Dogs Vet – Arthritis – An Age-Old Disease

Arthritis is one of the oldest diseases in history, dating back to the dinosaurs. It strikes animals and humans alike. The joint pain and stiffness it causes can affect your pet as well as yourself,  especially if your pet is a dog. When arthritis strikes, joints become inflamed and mobility becomes impaired. The signs range from slight stiffness to severe lameness.  Arthritis can be caused by infection in a joint, accidents, immune disorders, age, and physical abnormalities.  It can affect animals of all ages and sizes.  The inflammation is painful to the animal, so it is less likely to move around.  Most owners will notice a dog getting slower as it gets older and attribute this slowdown to “old age.” The pet, though, may really be suffering from arthritis. Your veterinarian can assess your pet and suggest treatments to reduce the pain and inflammation. In the meanwhile, be alert to the following symptoms. Your pet may take a long time to lie down or to get up.  After g…
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Some Classic Dog Classifieds !!!!!

Trawling through some of the General Classified sites this week I came across the following adverts. (Spelling mistakes and all) These three alone are enough to make any GENUINE Dog lover sick, but appear on an all to frequent basis on these sites. Breed: Kerry Blue KERRY BLUE BITCH FOR SALE.FAMILY PET NOTLONGER WANTED.VERY FRIENDLY WITH CHRILDREN.GOOD TEMPERMENT,IKC REGISTERED,PURE BREED WITH PAPERS.5 YEARS OLD.GENIUNE REASON FOR SELLING.KIDS WANTS POOL TABLE. Breed: Dachshund miniature smooth haired dachshund. pure bred dog.red in colour. 6 and a half years old and she has had 5 litters of pups. IK registered. she will make an ideal family pet very timid nature and good with children. fully house trained. Breed: Boxer 2 year old female boxer in pup about half a month abit more. They carry for 3months and on average have 5-7 pups easy money as boxer pups are worth alot of money and sell easily you can check prices on DD yourself father of pups has pape…
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Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever Labrador If you are looking for a Labrador pup or Labrador Dog & after looking at the Labrador video, check out our classified section by clicking the button on the right. If you still can't find a Labrador dog or Labrador puppy, send us an email to [email protected] and we will put you in touch with a reputable breeder of Labradors. The above video and Labrador breed standard below will give you a very brief indication as to what the Labrador breed of dog is like as a dog companion. Also to find out a bit more about the Labrador breed in relation to breed specific health tests etc, check out the following link Labrador Breed Health Labradors ORIGIN : Great Britain. DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 24.06.1987. UTILIZATION :    Retriever. CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. :Group 8 Retrievers, Flushing Dogs, Water Dogs. Section    1    Retrievers. With working trial. GENERAL APPEARANCE : Strongly built, short-coupled…
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Discover Dogs Ireland ?

After reading the statement below I wonder is it possible to obtain the statistics in Ireland, in relation to how many litters are produced by Show Kennels versus the Hobby Breeder ? Personally I think we in Ireland still have a long way to go in relation to educating people in relation to dog ownership. Educating the buyer would certainly put a dent in some of these puppy farmers profits. Whilst exhibiting at Pet Expo last summer I was amazed at the amount of people that I spoke to that hadn't heard of breed specific disease's like Hip Dysplasia etc. The Kennel Club in the UK run Discover Dogs at Crufts and Earls Court London twice a year, and this is seen to be a great aid in educating potential puppy buyers. I think that something like this was tried in Ireland before in the past, and reckon that it would do no harm if it was given another go....It may even generate a bit of revenue ? "Figures released by the Australian National Kennel Council, detailing all l…
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Sherlock Holmes The Original Dog Whisperer

I am in the midst of reading all the Sherlock Holmes short stories and novels. These were written over 110 years ago, and the fact that they are re published every year speaks for itself. In the case of "The Creeping Man" the following passage can be found..... "A Dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family,or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs,dangerous people have dangerous ones.And their passing moods may reflect the passing moods of others" The story is about a man that has suddenly started to act very strange, and his dog, a Wolfhound has bitten him twice. All these years ago Sir Arthur Conan Doyle may have hit dog training / behavior on the head.....If he was around today, would he have been "The Dog Whisperer !!!" Maybe there is something to be learned from the passage ?
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Mystery illness has struck the Queen’s Sandringham estate.

Six dogs died and more than 30 were left fighting for life with a mystery illness that has struck the Queen’s Sandringham estate. The Queen asked the Animal Health Trust (AHT) to carry out an investigation into the vomiting bug after the Royal estate received complaints of pets being struck down after walking there. Results reveal that 37 dogs were taken ill after walks on the estate. Three died and another three were put down as they were in such pain. The pets suffered symptoms including vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy during the late summer and early autumn. Since then notices have been put up advising people not to walk their dogs. The Queen takes her corgis to the estate when she stays there for Christmas – although Buckingham Palace refused to discuss whether she has been walking them or taking any additional precautions. (more…)
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Pedigree Dogs Vet – Introducing New Pets

Although it is not recommended, many families decide to get puppies and kittens for Christmas.  You should try to get new pets a few weeks before or after Christmas so that they aren’t overwhelmed with all of the Christmas day activity.  Here are a few tips to make your new addition feel welcome over the holiday period, particularly if you already have a dog or cat. First and foremost, it is important to assess the temperament, health, and age of your existing pets.  If you have an aggressive dog, it may not be advisable to get another pet because the newcomer will be ‘invading’ your dog’s personal space.  An older, arthritic dog might not tolerate a bouncy puppy.  Older cats may start to go to the toilet in inappropriate places after another cat is introduced to the household.  They might also disappear for a few weeks. Second, make sure you are able to accommodate a new pet.  You should have a separate pen, room, or crate for giving the newcomer its own space.  This wil…
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How do you choose your vet ?

I came across this statement the other day.. "When you choose your vet, you should take as much care as you would selecting your family physician or specialist." I used the same criteria when I chose the Vet that we still attend since we got the first dog of our own over 9 years ago. There are plenty of veterinary practices on our door step, but we choose to travel approx 40 minutes to ours. We came across the practice by word of mouth, and have never been disappointed with the service we receive. In fact it is somewhat like therapy, as we always come away feeling much better than when we arrive, no matter what the purpose of our visit is. I think that over the last 20 years dog ownership in Ireland has changed immensely, and with the arrival of the Celtic Tiger, that has long since departed for sunnier climes, people had more disposable cash, and went from keeping a mixed breed dog chained up with a barrel of straw for shelter, to suddenly wanting a St Bernard o…
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“Hello I’d like to report a dangerous dog”

Caller: "Hello I'd like to report a dangerous dog" County Council: "OK - Tell me about it" Caller: "I have just been out walking and was followed by a dog that was off lead, and was walking up behind me,bearing it's teeth and growling" County Council: "Was the owner of the dog near by ?" Caller: "No - nowhere to be seen, but I know where the dog is from" County Council: "OK in that case you will have to write in to us about the incident,we will then bring the incident to the attention of the owner, and if they deny it you can start court proceedings, would you be willing to give evidence in court ?" Blah, Blah, Blah.... Wouldn't you think that the first thing to do would go and remove the dog from the current ownership / situation whereby it is left free to wander, in case it may happen to BITE somebody God forbid !? Maybe even just call out to them and caution them and see if they have a current license. I wonder what European best practices are for …
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On the Dog !, you spent how much ??

Astonishingly, people are now spending more on their pets than they are on their children. I read the above on a blog over the W/E.. This is of course in America, and does take into consideration the buying of pet food combined with toys and treats etc. In the same article it went on to say that some people would be up in arms over people buying pets presents at this time of the year when over half of the worlds population is below the poverty line. Pets, and in our case, dogs in particular bring so much into our lives, in return for bed and board. In the past I have "splashed" out on new beds etc when the need arose, but have been on the quiet side when it comes to buying our dogs gifts. When I stop to think about what our lives would be with out our canine companions, maybe I for one will have a re think on my attitude to this subject, and go on line or pop down to my local maxi zoo and pop something small in their stocking this festive season. Iit could of cou…
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Hello, Can you help me it’s an EMERGENCY !

Hello Can you help me it's an EMERGENCY Although the majority of calls received by the RSPCA are serious, they occasionally wander into the "weird to the wonderful" territory. With this in mind, the charity has revealed its Top 10 funny phone calls, all of which were received in the last 12 months: Top 10 funny phone calls * A lady called the charity's emergency phone line to ask which bus she needed to catch to visit Putney animal hospital. * Someone called to report a cat stuck on a roof, which turned out to be a satellite dish. * A woman asked call centre staff to speak to her husband as he was refusing to get out of bed and walk the dog. * A very unhappy woman called to say that a cat had been abandoned in her garden, but called back to say it was, in fact, a surprise present from her husband. * One lady called to request that a branch be opened up as she had left her hearing aid there. * A caller asked to borrow a cat from one of the charity's centres. She di…
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Buy or Sell a dog in Ireland ? ” Pedigreedogs.ie it’s Irelands # 1 online classifieds for buying or selling your Pedigree Dog. So if you are looking to Buy or Sell a dog in Ireland, that is registered with the Irish Kennel Club or Kennel Club (London) you have come to the right site ”
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Pedigree Dogs Vet – Christmas Hazards

Tis the season to be jolly’ -- and to keep our pets safe over the holidays.  There are many surprising hazards in the home now, such as certain foods, Christmas trees and decorations, and even visitors.  Here are few tips to keep your pet safe.Holiday foods are the biggest hazard for our beloved pets.  Most are rich in fat, which can cause severe intestinal upset, vomiting, and diarrhoea.  Fat-rich foods can also cause life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas.  Chocolate and alcoholic beverages are severely toxic to dogs and cats.  Symptoms can range from vomiting and diarrhoea to muscles tremors, unconsciousness, and death.  It is vital to tell family members and guest not to give your pets anything from the table before, during, or after dinner!Christmas trees present dangers too. They are tempting objects for cats to climb, and their decorations attract both dogs and cats.  Trees can be knocked over easily by pets, so make sure your tree is secure.  Decorations can be l…
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Poop Scoop Detective

In the current economic climate, why dont local councils in Ireland adopt a similar strategy to the one listed below ? We all see notices up when out walking our dogs about on the spot fines for dog fouling, but can you tell me if you know of anyone that has actually been issued with the same? Where I live we don't have a regular dog warden...Who is policing this policy ??? Needles to say some of the paths I wander are used morning an evening for dogs to empty on and I'm yet to have seen a warden spring from the bushes to catch the perpetrator... Having said that even if the owner did scoop afterwards, there are no bins provided to discard in. What's it like in your locality ?? "Town hall chiefs in Manchester have launched an undercover squad of ‘dog dirt detectives’ to crack down on the menace of fouling. Under the cover of darkness plain clothed officers from Oldham council are stalking the borough’s parks, streets and open spaces armed with a keen eye an…
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ORIGIN : Great Britain. DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 24.06.1987. UTILIZATION :    Sighthound. CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. :Group 10    Sighthounds. Section 3    Short-haired Sighthounds. Without working trial. GENERAL APPEARANCE : Strongly built, upstanding, of generous proportions, muscular power and symmetrical formation, with long head and neck, clean well laid shoulders, deep chest, capacious body, arched loin, powerful quarters, sound legs and feet, and a suppleness of limb, which emphasise in a marked degree its distinctive type and quality. BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Possessing remarkable stamina and endurance.  Intelligent, gentle, affectionate and even tempered. (more…)
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There are many aspects to being a responsible dog breeder.  These range from appropriate housing and feeding, to vet checks and vaccinations for puppies going to new homes, to mating only bitches that are neither too young nor too old to bear litters.  Another aspect to being a responsible dog breeder is testing for genetic diseases, and obtaining hip and elbow scores before breeding any dog or bitch.  By breeding from animals free from heritable genetic diseases and low hip scores, it will help to eliminate certain genetic diseases, such as hip dysplasia, certain eye diseases, bleeding disorders, and various heart diseases. There are over 300 genetic diseases affecting dogs today.  Many of them are minor and can be corrected, such as umbilical hernias, tooth misalignments, and inverted eyelids.  Other diseases, such as hip dysplasia, and eye disease are much more serious. Genetic diseases can manifest themselves at any stage of a dog’s life.  For example, hip dysplasia i…
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EMERALD ISLE NEWFOUNDLAND CLUB & NEWTOWNARDS & DISTRICT CANINE CLUB ARE HOLDING A HEALTH SEMINAR DETAILS BELOW.. GUEST SPEAKERS HEART - ALISTAIR GIBSON,MVB,MRCVS ELBOW/HIP - ALESSANDRO PIRAS, DVM,MRCVS,ISVS COST - £10 per person (must be pre-paid) lunch included Tickets available from Alison McVea ([email protected]) or Gail Patterson ([email protected])
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Bernese Mountain Dog (BMD)

Bernese Mountain Dog Are looking for a Bernese Mountain Dog pup & can't find a suitable litter of puppies on our site email us & we'll put you in touch with a Bernese Breeder. ORIGIN : Switzerland. DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 25.03.2003. UTILIZATION :Originally used as a guard-, draught-and cattle dog on farms in the Canton Bern, today also family dog and versatile working dog. CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. :Group 2 Pinscher and Schnauzer typee-Molossoid breeds-Swiss Mountain and Cattle-Dogs. Section    3 Swiss Cattle Dogs.Without working trial. BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : The Bernese Mountain Dog is a farm dog of ancestral origin which was used as a guard and draught dog and for driving cattle in the prealpine regions and in the midland areas around Bern.  Originally he was named “Dürrbächler” according to the name of the hamlet and of the inn of Dürrbach, near Riggisberg in the Canton Bern where these long-haired tricoloured farm dogs were…
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Breed Standards…Do we understand them ??

If you google the words Breed Standard below are some excerpts from some of the results that you will receive "'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes each breed of pedigree dog " "New Breed Standards, for newly recognised breeds, are drawn up once the breed has become sufficiently established within the UK. Careful research is conducted into the historical background, health and temperament of any new breed before Kennel Club recognition is granted" "As each breed needs to be described in detail the standard is broken down into parts of the body and a general guide about the particular breed. There is the same layout for every breed – rather like a blueprint; if each part of your dog is the same as the official breed standard then you most likely have a very good example of your chosen breed." Upon further delving you will come across the following "All show dogs should be Fit For Function: Fit For Life and should NOT have exaggerations that…
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How to Select a Good Breeder

A good breeder will be extremely choosy in accepting prospective puppy buyers. A prospective owner should be equally choosy when selecting a breeder. A prospective owner can begin to evaluate a breeder's expertise by noting whether she ranks the puppies' mental well-being and physical health above their good looks. Assess several factors: · whether your prospective puppy's parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and other relations live to a ripe old age · whether the breeder's adult dogs are all people-friendly and well-trained · whether your prospective pup is already well-socialized and well-trained, i.e., evaluate the breeder’s socialization and training program. (more…)
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