Not always Showtime

by Ed A from NJ
(New Jersey)

One thing I have noticed about many of the posts that are on this page is they have to do with small imperfections in our dogs. l. I think it is important to point out most dogs are not show quality and even the best of breeders don't have many true show quality dogs and find most of their puppies pet quality.

What would we have them do with the ones with slight imperfections, I wouldn't want them put down, would you?

The other thing is The AKC,CKC,KC and the FKC all have a slightly different standard for great Pyrenees. For example my Beau would only make the FKC because they allow bigger size and broader head but I could never own a better dog, ever.

So if you're missing a dew claw or a little nose or eye pigment it don't mean a mix or a bad breeder. The true way to know the quality of a breeder is homework looking him up for complaints and examining his property and the dogs parents. Also make sure your rescue is of going standing. Then enjoy your puppy.

Remember this is an old peasant breed made of mostly natural selection up in those mountains let's celebrate there true heritage!

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Feb 05, 2016
Pyrs - 'Imperfections' are fine.
by: Donna

'Imperfections' are fine.

The issue in the rescue world is the dogs that are coming from farmers and backyard breeders. These 'breeders' are not concerned about sound temperament or sound health. They don't know the lineage of the dogs. They mix breeds. The number of surrenders due to bites that have been incurred from dogs acquired from those sources is very frustrating and sad. None of it is the dog's fault.

These dogs have not been socialized and handled from almost the day they are born with many, many new people coming into visit. The first 8 weeks are so important in having a good canine citizen. The next 5 weeks are as important in socializing these pups and continuing socialization.

Pups coming from backyard breeders and farmers can also be bred to a poorly-wired dog in the aggression area. There has been no consideration to the genetics of that dog. It doesn't show up until the dog is a year or so. That cannot be 'fixed'.

The difference between a dog from a reputable breeder and backyard/farmer breeder can be seen in the number of surrender applicants whose dogs have aggression issues by the time they are a year. None of them are purebred.

Purebreds are dogs coming from reputable breeders who spend sleepless days and nights raising puppies for 8 weeks. If it isn't purebred, it may be a full Pyr but one without papers.

I'd like to say there is nothing wrong with not having a purebred but sadly, they are coming from someone who isn't responsible. Hence, the reason shelters are full to overflowing with dogs who have no home. Many are euthanized because there is no space left for them in the shelter.

It's also the reason I encourage people to spay and neuter even if that isn't the question. Someone once asked if they could adopt an unspayed female because they had a male.

For the record, I only adopt and neither of my dogs are 'perfect'.

Feb 06, 2016
With you 100%
by: Ed A from NJ

I totally agree with every word you say bu
I agree totally, I rescued every dog I have, I have never had a litter of puppies and believe if you take your time you can find any dog you want through rescue.

I believe if you shut down puppy mills rescue will do much better and good breeder will have better control over dog quality over all. Farm and Hobby breeders need to be limited and monitored with heavy fines for over breeding.

I totally agree with neutering at the right time but I think better education in general would be an asset. People need to know how many dogs meet an early end due to there lackadaisical attitude towards population control of there pets.

We have to get the word out no one litter, no free roaming un-spay or neutered dogs. Let's practice good owner policy as well as neutering. WE ARE THE PROBLEM NOT THEM. People allow there dogs to roam, people are buying from unreputabe people to save a dime. I believe in stopping the sale of puppies in pet stores. Rescue or registered breeder should be the only avenue for getting a puppy or dog. Now someone tell me how to get it done.

Feb 07, 2016
Puppy mills and backyard breeders
by: Donna

Many organizations are working on it, Ed. Many retail outlets have been banned selling pets in pet stores in Canada. Presently, Ottawa is being worked on.

There is also an organization working on shutting down the sale of pets in one swoop across Canada.

If you are on facebook, Ruby's Love Letter Legacy is holding a campaign where everyone is to send in pre-written letters they provide or write your own to send to the PM, MPs, MLAs and Ministers in Canada. You get 6 or 7 red envelopes from a dollar store, sign these letters and send them off.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RubysLegacy/

https://www.facebook.com/Puppymill-Awareness-Working-Solutions-430698026984226/?fref=ts


There is an organization working on the ban in Ottawa but letters from everywhere will help. If you want more information, please contact them.

http://pawsolutions.org/

Please, join this initiative. The more people behind this, the more of an impact, of course, there will be.

Feb 07, 2016
What!
by: Anonymous

What did this post have to do with rescue? I think you both let this post go sideways. I thought the original post was intresting and could have been a good topic to talk about.

Feb 10, 2016
Puppy mills in the States
by: Donna

And, here is one organization working hard in the States to shut down puppy mills.

http://milldogrescue.org/about-us/

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