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    Dogs live in the here and now. And after a couple of months they re-adjust just fine.

    As breeders we can't keep them all. It is not practical. It is very expensive to be a breeder. People think we make money - well I'm here to tell you that is total and utter crap.

    I have travelled to both Melbourne and Brisbane this year with my dogs, selling dogs does not cover those expenses let alone all the other day to day expenses.

    It costs me about $45.00 in entries fees into a show with 4 dogs, Specialty shows with overseas judges can cost me over $100. Lets add travel costs to that and you may see where I'm coming from. So you can see I don't do it for the money.

    For me personally if a dog/bitch becomes a Champion or produces well in the whelping box and therefore has probably been with me about 14months plus then it stays with me for it's entire life. Not because I don't think he/she would adjust to living elsewhere but because I wouldn't adjust to not having he/she in my life.

    And yes some dogs are not good candidates for re-homing and if that's the case then we have not raised them to be well adjusted happy dogs.

    I don't take any decision on the re-homing of dogs lightly. No adult dog ever leaves here without first being de-sexed. And like any of my puppies they can be returned at any time no questions asked. They are my responsibility for life.

    Also you have to remember that we are talking of entire dogs and trust me entire bitches coming in and out of season can have their moments. Also when the girls are in season some dogs can get quite competitive amongst each other. So sometimes it's better for a dog/bitch to be rehomed to a house with less dogs.

    At other times while you've chosen a real winner you can tell their heart isn't in the show ring. They'd much prefer to grace somebodies lounge, not bothered by pesky puppies etc. Or in the case of my most recent re-home I ran two sisters on to see who would be the better bitch. You cannot pick a show winner at 8 weeks of age. But when they reached 8 months of age I made a decision.

    Don't think that sometimes when we rehome we don't do it with a heavy heart. But I take my heart out of the equation and do it for the sake of the dog.

    I'm a breeder. I show my dogs & I want to only breed from the very best. Quite often my bitches will only have one or two litters.

    But when it boils down to it all, a well raised, well adjusted animal will go into it's new home and thrive and bring lots of joy to their new owner.

    Personally if I was not a breeder myself I'd be happy to miss the puppy stage and the first place I'd go looking is to a good breeder who can match me up with an adult dog. Especially an ex-show dog, it's crate trained, toilet trained, lead trained, a good traveler and is just looking for that special home to be No. 1.

    P.S. I did not read any of the other posts because I wanted to tell why from my point of view. I could tell you all about the young bitch I re-homed late last year but you'd just be jealous of her fabulous new life by the ocean in the East Lakes District of Vic, boating and fishing and enjoying life with her new retired owner.
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    Oh yes. Moo certainly fell on her feet.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Thanks Di, as you know I love Moo with all my heart and cried buckets when she left.

    If I didn't rehome, and understand this I don't do it all that often then what would I show? What would I breed from since I don't like my girls to have too many litters.

    Why would I have studied and researched complimenting lines if I planned to stop?

    Where would you buy your next puppy from?

    I'm not a BYB, pumping out lots of litters from the same poor pair of dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog_Lover View Post
    I know there is a few people here that tear shreads off people that try and re home their dogs on DF or in general.

    I was just on Dogzonline as usual looking up cute dream Bulldog puppies when I seen a link to older dogs.

    I was actually very surprised at the amount of older dogs being rehomed from breeders. Why is that ok but a family changing circumstance not ok?

    The most common reason was "Not suitable for breeding or retired from show"

    So once they have got all they can out of them they are turfed?

    How is that any more fair then a family doing it?

    This just really hit a nerve for some reason! Mind you there is a few brits in there I would take in a heart beat!
    Hey Bulldog, Thank you so much for bringing up the topic of "rehoming" dogs, by breeders when they have outlived their usefullness?
    Will be interested in the answers.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    Breeders often sell their older retired dogs.
    They are running a business, so the dogs aren't really their pets
    It's all in the dogs best interest.
    Oh, its a business? And how is that in the best interests of the dogs? Is it your practice to rehome your dogs as well pugger?

    Thank you dee, for the quote tip?

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    Being a registered breeder makes your prefix a registered business name.
    I got my dog Miley (a cavalier) at 3 years old from the breeder. She is a retired show dog and breeding bitch.
    Do you have some comment to make on the ethics of her breeder?

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    Good

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    [QUOTE=MAC;130581]Dogs live in the here and now. And after a couple of months they re-adjust just fine.

    As breeders we can't keep them all. It is not practical. It is very expensive to be a breeder. People think we make money - well I'm here to tell you that is total and utter crap.

    Hey Mac, I understand its not for the money folks breed in most cases, but i feel it is for the prestige surrounding show events. But that is your choice, your lifestyle...and you do it for love of it, but why get rid of the dogs after their use by dates, especially as bulldog commented on breeders being so judgemental when it comes to a change of circumstances. I dont see taking the dog from its home, into a new environment is "in the best interest" of the dog. If you cant afford to keep so many....then dont get keep them in the first place! You can have a breeding program and show, with just a manageable number of dogs. And when they are to old to show or breed, let someone else take the reins, and let them live out there days with you?

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    Cavalierqld, I doubt very much you are a registered breeder with the comments you make.
    Go and troll over at DOL.. they'll love you there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    Being a registered breeder makes your prefix a registered business name.
    Do you have some comment to make on the ethics of her breeder?
    I am commenting on the practice of rehoming in general. I dont agree with it, I dont feel it is in the best interest of the animals, and that includes horses. My thoughts are that people should only keep what they can manage. Just my personal opinion! I have spent quite a bit of time in the past few days reading the posts here. There sure is a lot of valuable information, but also quite a lot of judgements being handed down to posters by certain breeders. People in glass houses should not throw stones. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and certainly should not be treated with the harshness I have witnessed on some posts on this site, myself included after my initial post.

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