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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Be very careful of the gumtree ads.

    Sometimes they're just fronts for puppy farms or back yard breeders and you don't want to be rewarding either with your money.

    It is also probably where dogs get listed that the owners can't keep for whatever reason. It's hard for me to not view that the same as parents trying to rehome their children but sometimes life is a b*tch and the dog has to find a new place and we just hope they get a good home like Ados...

    Before you make any final decision or part with any money, make sure you take Serena with you, and ideally the kids and supremely patient wife too. If Serena or the new dog don't get along you'd be in a world of trouble. Sometimes gumtree ads don't mention the dog is being rehomed because it wants to kill all the other dogs at that home.

    You want the new dog to be desexed, and vaccinated and have that first meeting of dogs on neutral territory - neither dogs' home or favourite park or favourite beach.

    And that would be why I'd rather look at the dogs on petrescue - most of them are being fostered and most of the rescue people would only want to home their foster with you if they thought you'd all get along and there's usually a trial period where if it's really not working - you can hand the dog back. If you want your money back at this point - make sure you get that in writing before you hand any cash over.

    PS money you save on the up front price you may end up spending in extra vet fees down the track from dodgy breeding practices. This is possibly less true (here's hoping) of staffies than Labradors (hip dysplasia) etc but something to think about.
    Thanks for the heads up. I am still waiting for one of the organisations to get back to me. I had a registered breeder from QLD, get back to me, , and they have a young fawn male 6 years old that I might be interested in. I'm waiting on price but freight might be a killer - said they would check and get back to me.

    There has been some nice staff bully breed xx etc on one of the organisations but they all seem so big - although they are classified as medium sized dogs. Seems to be quite a few Amstaff (?) crosses but very few or no staffords. The kids are used to a certain size of dog and I don't want to overwhelm them with a big dog.

    As regards gumtree. There is an element of risk there, for sure. But there must also be dogs there that need some love, regardless of their origin. Bringing Serena along is a must, as you said. I guess its just a matter of being careful.

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    The WA staffy club don't have any dogs that need rehoming between them? Sometimes the breed clubs also run rescues or sometimes they're looking for homes for dogs of their own for various reasons. I know a whole breeding group of Welsh Springer Spaniels got rehomed recently in SA because the breeder got sick and couldn't look after them any more. It was very sad but they all found good homes.

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    They might do, will check it out on the fun day. you never know!

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    Don't give up entirely on the idea of a pedigree pup, while it's very unfortunate that lots of dogs get PTS because there is no home for them doesn't mean you have to compromise. I went the pedigree pup option for my current dog because I'm happy to take on the 12 - 15 year commitment and I wanted a dog that had no faults that weren't of my own doing. While I applaud the rescue peoples, what you want in a dog comes first IMO, as long as you are committed to the task.

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    Here are the various medium dogs at Shenton

    Medium Dogs for Adoption - Dogs' Refuge Home - Shenton Park

    It may take sometime and yes I would also keep an eye on what the breeders have. If a breeder interstate knew someone who was flying that is a cheaper way I think of getting a dog over. Friends of mine fly regularly interstate to compete with their dogs and if a dog is flying with a person on the flight it is a lot cheaper I think.

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    Shenton has a staffy female in their "small dogs" list as well.

    And I swear that dog they have listed as a "Sharpei" is actually a staffy cross too. The tongue is the wrong colour and the eyes and face are not Sharpei wrinkled.

    Ados - why the rush? Could you not save up the bit extra for a pedigree?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Shenton has a staffy female in their "small dogs" list as well.

    And I swear that dog they have listed as a "Sharpei" is actually a staffy cross too. The tongue is the wrong colour and the eyes and face are not Sharpei wrinkled.

    Ados - why the rush? Could you not save up the bit extra for a pedigree?
    I would think it is a cross too although I can definitely see the Sharpei features in the face, just not the extreme wrinkling.

    I find the cost of purebred staffys amazing. I guess it relects their popularity? perhaps the mining boom had something to do with it over here.
    Last edited by Kalacreek; 05-09-2014 at 04:10 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalacreek View Post
    I would think it is a cross too although I can definitely see the Sharpei features in the face, just not the extreme wrinkling.

    I find the cost of purebred staffys amazing. I guess it relects their popularity? perhaps the mining boom had something to do with it over here.
    I think that like everything else in Perth, we pay double because of the mining boom which is actually losing some of its boom. Not all of us are on FIFO wages and as a single income family, a Pedigree pup might have to be quite a ways down the track but in the meantime, I still want to get a playmate for Serena now that she has settled in and demonstrated how lovely she is and how much she loves other dogs.

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    How much does it actually cost to freight a dog from say Victoria to WA?

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    I know from SA to Perth for an adult staff was about $400. I thinks its a bit less for puppies I assume.

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