We have recently received a letter from Petra, a Happy
Miniature Bull Terrier owner in the United Arab Emirates and we think her
experience will help many of you out there searching for that special puppy of
She starts her letter: “I have received the puppy and
all went well. I must say that I am very happy with my choice.” Her puppy is indeed
very good looking and confident which you can tell just by looking at her face.
Petra continues: “I have always gone
directly to breeder to purchase my dogs because I wanted to see where they come
from, how the parents are kept and how well the puppies are socialized.”
It is perfectly reasonable from anyone looking to buy a
puppy to want to visit the breeder in person, see the parents, the environment
and of course, the puppy itself. However, the traditional way of selecting and
purchasing a puppy is not an option for everyone:
because I live in the UAE and I have little time to look for breeders with available
puppies in my short summer holiday, I had to rely on strangers like you to do
the leg work for me.”
That’s where Euro Puppy comes in. We visit the breeders
personally, photograph their puppies, give them a good health check and will
only recommend the ones to you that meet the standard. If you want to save yourself
the “leg work” as Petra says, we are here to help.
must admit that I had my doubts buying an animal from the internet. I was a
little worried that I was purchasing a dog from horrible breeding facilities
where the bitches are covered over and over again to make maximum profits. I
worried that the puppies were not well kept and psychologically disturbed.”
Petra was quite right to be cautious about buying a
puppy from the internet and you should be too. With so many scams and poorly
bred animals around, you should only buy from a source that you can trust 100%
and that you know makes the puppies’ wellbeing the No.1 priority. Euro Puppy and
the breeders we work with are just like that. Petra continues:
more I looked into your website, I did it daily, the more I realized that you
were really doing your best to provide the best. The puppy arrived and I could
immediately tell that she was a very healthy, happy youngster! Even the
delivery people were very courteous and friendly! With
every passing hour!! I see more and more how well my new puppy had been kept.
She is very well socialized and I can tell that the breeder gave her
plenty of human contact. Even her reaction to other dogs shows me that the
breeder kept the pup in the best social environment. I would highly recommend
the breeder to everyone.”
Petra pointed out a very important thing about buying a
puppy that many people are unaware of. The first few weeks have a major impact on the rest of the puppy’s life. The more the puppy is exposed to
human contact and other animals in its early life, the more balanced its
personality will become as an adult dog. There is only one chance to get this
right, that’s why it’s so important that the breeder does a good job. Petra
ends her letter:
is a pleasure to see that some people do take their word and profession very
Thank you and please rely my thanks to your staff, and the breeder himself.
You have made a family very happy!
Thank you Petra for choosing us and we will continue to do
our best to provide the best.
Inbreeding of dogs is quite a significant problem. In the quest for getting the “Perfect Dog”, breeders try and wipe out variations within breeds, and this leads to a progressively smaller gene pool to choose from.
What this means, is that the pups that are born are more likely to have “defective” genes that manifest themselves as congenital conditions. That is why several thoroughbreds are not very healthy. I myself have lost a beloved dog – A German Shepherd named Candy – to a congenital defect when she was in the prime of her life at the age of three.
Almost one third of all Dalmatians suffer from hearing disability due to congenital birth defects. This is a significant problem, as one third is a huge percentage. It probably can’t be helped, but this fact should make people more sensitive to the issues that arise from Inbreeding and the detrimental effects it has on the health of the dog.
Naturally, this also leads to a higher incidence of deaths and lowers the average life expectancy of pure breed dogs. It’s very sad, and maybe what I’m trying to say is – don’t complain if your dog has a few inconsistencies (unless you plan to show him/her in a professional competition). Inconsistencies mean that your dog is probably more healthy than one that is “really pure”, and surely that is a small price to pay?