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Just An Observation!

Discussion in 'Hound' started by ~whitecross whippets~, May 25, 2006.

  1. JAX

    JAX New Member Registered

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    :* :huggles: :*
     
  2. ~whitecross whippets~

    ~whitecross whippets~ New Member Registered

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    thats right lynn...thankyou :huggles: .....i was not "stirring up trouble again!" i was asking a perfectly reasonable question about my observation......the fact that it wasnt to your liking or to anyone elses.... for that matter... does not make me a troublecauser!
     
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    thankyou helen :huggles:
     
  4. Richas

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    As a newbie ped owner here is my twopenneth.

    The reason I chose a ped was not really to show her (though my 5 year old daughter may take her to a show sometime) it was more about checking the quality of the breeder and the dog. Mine was the last pup available but I knew I would have her if the breeder was fine (as both sides undoubtedly were for Lady).

    I have no problem with non ped whippets or racing whippets but I do like the KC limitation on number of litters in a year. I wanted a well socialised pup for my young girls and part of the reason for picking a ped whippet is the temperament that is common, almost universal in peds and by getting a home bred KC registered pup and visiting the local breeder several times I could be sure of what I was getting and that I was not supporting a puppy farmer.

    30 years ago I had my first whippet. A ped that had been run on for 6 months and lived in a home from a breeder we knew (a breeder in the pedigree of my latest pup as a surprising bonus). I was old enough then for my parents to be confident that missing those 6 months would be OK. For my next whippie I have no problem with taking a ped that is not going to be a champion at 6 months, my girls will be older then and a well socialised, house trained non chewing, trained dog might just be perfect.

    As for being harder on ped than racers/non ped maybe ped owners are - I think I would be - what of it? We know that working dogs and racing dogs are more likely to need new homes than pedigree pets and that ped breeders should be responsible breeders - that is the whole point of having the pedigree so if they are running on to many then struggling to find homes for them they should be told. The racing fraternity have a similar social pressure to make sure good homes are found and I suspect K9 is part of that.

    I suspect whippets are not really the problem for puppy farming anyway. If I were the sort of person who wanted to farm puppies I would pick by far the most popular breed - Labs - a breed with lots more health issues than whippets and a breed that is not really that suitable as a family pet anyway, especially given that they seem to be sold in pairs more often than not.

    I took Lady to a puppy party recently. Labs everywhere - 5 of the 10. The three owners all had small kids, none of which could hold the pup on a lead yet lady will walk to heel for my 5 year old already and not risk pulling her over (not at 6kg anyway).

    So to sum up, yes I would make pointed comments to and about a ped breeder who is overbreeding and/or running on too many. Yes I would rehome a neglected or abandoned dog (with older kids) and yes I would happily take a pedigree pup at 6 months. I'm not sure if that is what you were saying was somehow reprehensible, if so I plead guilty.
     
  5. ~whitecross whippets~

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    good reply :thumbsup:
     

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