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    Puppy farms also use people's homes as outlets. There will be a few puppies or just one (cos people feel sorry for the last one), and no parent dogs.

    Most puppies in pet shops - come from puppy mills or back yard breeders - who didn't plan for anything let alone follow any code of ethics in their breeding choice.

    Selling on the side of the road from a car boot - is a popular choice of thieves - yes people steal litters of cute puppies to sell, or small scale puppy mills.

    It's not like puppy mills have a little puppy shop at the front of the "farm".

    You live around the corner from KCC park.
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    There's usually a dog show on every weekend and club training most nights. The Agility club has lots of different dogs that meet your critieria - at least the "athletic" one.

    as for the 1/5 part of the decision making process - yes it's important that all of you are happy with the final choice, but set some limits on acceptable sources of dog.

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    And the reason they sell to pet shops?
    They wont have puppy buyers coming to their "place of business" for fear of attracting the attention of the RSPCA.
    Unexpected litters from the dog next door also end up there.
    As do "extra" non registerable or registered litters from ANKC registered breeders.
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    I decided a few pages ago that I didn't want to buy from a pet store. There's no more need to convince me.

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    You live around the corner from KCC park.
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    There's usually a dog show on every weekend and club training most nights. The Agility club has lots of different dogs that meet your critieria - at least the "athletic" one.

    as for the 1/5 part of the decision making process - yes it's important that all of you are happy with the final choice, but set some limits on acceptable sources of dog.
    Well, I'm not sure about "around the corner". It's a fair drive.

    I'm very busy this weekend, but there are some Labrador shows on next week, so hopefully I'l be able to make it to one of those.
    On second thought, I may be free tomorrow morning. There's an all breeds show...but it doesn't say what time.

    I also want to warn you that, even though I think we're getting a lab, it's not set in stone, and there are already some concerns about its size. So don't be too surprised if I change my mind.

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    If there is an all breeds show and it doesn't say what time, you can probably expect an all day thing. Eg starts judging at 9am, competitors will be there to stake out their spots around 7am... But someone linked you the lab association? ring them up and ask.

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    I called the RSPCA. They said that there is nothing wrong with ACA, and that they have had no complaints. Just thought I'd share that.

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    Invalid name...Were not really trying to convince you not to buy from a pet store, in the end you are a grown up and can, and will do as you please, we are just really talking about them in general now as the subject came up.

    Good luck finding your new little one, are you still looking at Labs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cavalierqld View Post
    Invalid name...Were not really trying to convince you not to buy from a pet store, in the end you are a grown up and can, and will do as you please, we are just really talking about them in general now as the subject came up.

    Good luck finding your new little one, are you still looking at Labs?
    Please, call me Matt.

    Thank you and yes, I am still looking at labs, but after not buying that cavador a certain someone (who was playing a big role in choosing our dog) doesn't want to hear anything about it any more. So I'm sort-of stuck until she cheers up.
    But I did find this beautiful pup: Introducing Piper.
    There are six of them from the litter up for adoption. They look adorable and friendly, but maybe the Australian cattle dog in them will make them too energetic for us?

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    OMG he is adorable! My guess is that he gets the markings on his face from a kelpie? Though it could be other breeds too.

    They do mention in the ad that they prefer a home with another dog. The best thing you can do is to organise a visit (call in advance as they do usually get lots of interest in pups), explain your situation, what you want in a dog, what you can offer the dog and then see if they think it could be a good match.

    You want to do it sooner rather than later because he won't be there for long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    OMG he is adorable! My guess is that he gets the markings on his face from a kelpie? Though it could be other breeds too.

    They do mention in the ad that they prefer a home with another dog. The best thing you can do is to organise a visit (call in advance as they do usually get lots of interest in pups), explain your situation, what you want in a dog, what you can offer the dog and then see if they think it could be a good match.

    You want to do it sooner rather than later because he won't be there for long.
    I know! When I saw that picture for the first time...wow.

    I can't really visit it without committing. It's a LONG drive. Maybe I could do what you suggested over the phone?

    Well, there are six of them, and I don't really mind which one (unless they have largely varying temperaments).

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    And if you aren't really fussy about breed, have you looked at PetRescue - find your new best friend! I found this one, not sure if it's in your area: Freddy's profile at PetRescue - is he your new best friend? The foster carers will also be able to give you loads of info on whether the dog's temperament would suit your family.

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