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    Well for the past 18 months I have been doing lots of research on the Norwegian Buhund, quarantine laws, Ethical breeding practices ect.

    And I have just had an email from the US breeder who has been helping me has put me onto a Canadian breeder with a lovely 5 month old pup, from great lines as a potential Stud dog! AND has said that in 2013 I might be able to buy a grand Grand Champion Bitch ( from the US breeder) to use as a foundation Dog here in Aus

    So I was wondering if anyone had any tips for an upcoming new breeder and any recommendations for which company to trust to fly my first dogs from the America and Canada.

    Thank in advance

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    I'd be off to the dog shows, if there are any other breeders of the same locally I'd be in touch with them, or the most similar dog you can find here. The ANKC and DogsWest would also be good sources as far as ethics and responsible breeding go. They will tell you what to do, but sadly they don't often enforce if a member is not following their rules.

    And you definitely want a friendly vet.

    As far as the travel goes, I would be talking to breeders about that. They will know who the best people are. I don't entirely trust Qantas, and I would not want a dog to be travelling in our summer or a northern winter where they risk death from exposure to the elements, plane delays and baggage handlers with no brains.

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    Thanks Hy. I will be showing once each dog has settled in.
    And I will be making sure I have friendly and trust worthy Vet. I'll be willing to travel a bit for a good one
    As for over seas travel at this stage i might be going to Canada to pick my male pup up in person and my Bitch will be accompanied by her current owner.

    I am in the process of reading the ANKC breeding education booklet from cover to cover. to make sure that I am fully informed on practices and ethics.
    I will only be breeding once every 12-18 months. I won't breed dogs under the age of 2 years. And as for me reason to breed Norwegian Buhunds, I wish to see them established in Australia with high standards in health, conformation and temperament. Home will be thoroughly screened and will only go to homes with experience, time and space to handle a working breed.

    I will be alot more but the above is just an outline of the type of breeder I plan to be.
    I am extremely excited I have wanted to breed Buhunds for several years and I am almost there

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    Best thing you can do is get yourself under the wing of an existing Buhund breeder here so that you have someone to phone when the inevitable "what do I do now? Is this right?" questions pop up.

    And the best way to find such a mentor that you "click" with is to go shows, now, and talk talk talk to Buhund exhibitors. You don't have to tell them all your plans, just talk until you find someone whose knowledge and ethics you admire. Keep popping up at all the shows and make it evident that you want to learn all you can about showing the breed.

    Finding someone experienced in the intricacies of selecting, mating, whelping, rearing and placing puppies in your chosen breed is the best advice you will ever be given, bar none.
    The added advantage to regularly attending shows now is that when you do get your dogs you wont be bamboozled by ring ettiquette etc.

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    The best advice I can give is to not rush. Get out there and show and learn about your breed and the whelping process before producing a litter.

    Get your dogs under both local and international judges to assure you have been sent the best.

    One of my bitches has just had her first litter at age 3 after completing her title, winning age in groups and a BIS. While she was doing all this it gave me time to suss out a suitable dog and be convinced she had something to contribute to her breed and that I was ready to add another puppy to our family.

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    Whelping Supplies - Whelping Supplies - (Powered by CubeCart)

    has everything a breeder needs, especially for dealing with the messy stuff.

    And some fun things for the rest of us like deer antler in the treats and toys section.

    Are these going to be the first/only norwegian buhunds in Oz?

    Do get along to some shows now as a spectator and talk to some of the breeders (after they've been in) about the process. It will give you an idea of what you'd be in for. Though I guess the more prep the better but there will always be a surprise or three.

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    Go and bry thidms book of ebay. It got every thing you need to know
    It called the joy of breeding your own show dog i have one copy and theres no way i going sale it no way laugh i need it to start my staffy breeding kennal called aurora park staffies Its my fab book on dogs need to know my mum was a breeder but our stock died or was desex and sold of to loving homes and thats the end of ruby red place Thats why my dream is to breed staffies but first i have to get the 5star kenals made and that will be a long time off laughs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Are these going to be the first/only norwegian buhunds in Oz?
    To my knowledge yes. I have not been able to find any breeders of Norwegian Buhund in Australia and New Zealand. Also thanks for that link has answered one of my next questions in regards to best place to get my first whelping supplies

    I will be attending the Royal show next week and will be watching the working Class and hope to talk to as many breeders as possible.
    Thanks Ruby for the suggestion for the book I will be looking at finding a copy for myself

    Also how have people decided on their breeding Prefix and any suggestion to help me decide on for when I fill in my applications

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    Congrats on choosing to become a breeder it sounds like you are doing everything the right way, a welcome change!

    Prefixes can be based on anything you want. A lot of people I know use part of their names in their prefixes, for example if your name was Sally and you were married to Kyle you could have Salhart, Skyle, Kylly, Kysal, Alliky etc

    Or you could go for something completely different that you just like the sound of, you could even have Dragoncharm.

    The only thing I wouldn't recommend is using the dogs breed in the prefix, you never know when you are going to change breeds and a Pomeranian might look a bit funny with Budhund in front of it

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    Thanks Crested, the most important thing to me is doing this 100%

    For my Prefix I was considering something Gaelic, for my Irish heritage. But I might put Dragoncharm as one of my options.

    I am currently downloading forms and fees list for registrations from the WA Canine Association . This is probably a very stupid question but which Membership do I apply for? I am understand I need to pay an Establishment fee, transfer fees to have my imported dogs registered in Australia ect but there seems to be several Membership options or am I misreading?
    I am just trying to get costs and paperwork organized so I simply have to pay and and post once I am sorted so that I can concentrate on the important things ... My Buhunds

    Also I found an old Page of the lovely Girl that should be coming to Australia in 2013
    This is Chloe this is an old page, she now hold a Grand National title.

    I think she is just gorgeous but I could be Bias

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