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    Red face Hello! I'm Cynthia from Melbourne

    Good day everyone! I am new here in this forum and also in Melbourne!

    We recently moved to Melbourne 3 months back. Planning to get a border collie from a home breeder when we settled down here.

    As for now, we are doing pet sitting/boarding at our place.

    Joining this forum to learn more about home breeders here in Melbourne hopefully, (Didn't want to get scam.) and also to spread our pet sitting service if you need someone reliable and trustworthy to look after your pets while you are away.

    And most importantly, hope to make some friends here too! And if you are also in Melbourne, we can organize a pets meet-up (hopefully I have my border collie by then!)

    Have fun and thanks for dropping by!

    Cyn

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    Hi 'Magicyn' - to the forum !

    Please do your homework - if - as you say - you are - 'Planning to get a border collie from a home breeder'.

    Really be concerned about the health testing of the parents of the proposed litter.

    Have a good look around the different threads and hopefully you will enjoy being a member of this forum !

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    Thank you! Yea, Gonna be reading more about the procedures, paperwork and regulations before I head to a home breeder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magicyn View Post
    Thank you! Yea, Gonna be reading more about the procedures, paperwork and regulations before I head to a home breeder.
    Not sure what you are meaning here ^^^^^^^^^^^^ !

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    oh.. what I mean is I do not know the procedures on getting a dog here in Australia. E.g. getting them microchipped, licensed? Coz back in where I came from (Singapore) we need to register the dog, otherwise we will get fined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magicyn View Post
    oh.. what I mean is I do not know the procedures on getting a dog here in Australia. E.g. getting them microchipped, licensed? Coz back in where I came from (Singapore) we need to register the dog, otherwise we will get fined.
    Please do more homework on the health of your future pup ! Hopefully the breeder will be able to help you with all the rest of the legislative requirements.

    If not - ask questions here !

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    In Victoria - no puppy may be sold under the age of 8 weeks (breeders have been known to lie)
    and all puppies and dogs rehomed - must be microchipped first and most vets won't do them under 8 weeks.

    You also have to register your dog with the local council for the area you live.

    A good place to find not-ankc border collies is "Australian working dog rescue"
    http://www.workingdogrescue.com.au/

    Border collies are a very demanding dog to own - they like a job to do all the time. They need a lot of exercise to be healthy and happy - both mental and physical.

    Border collies are also prone to some very nasty genetic diseases.
    A friend has one with "exercise induced collapse" so after 3 to 10 minutes of exercise - this border collie will collapse and have trouble breathing. She also has joint problems in all legs. It's horrible for her - especially as she likes to have a job to do all the time and extra long drop stays do not cut it.

    I've also heard of border collie puppies having a nasty disease "Trapped Neutrophil Syndrome" that causes puppies to die before they reach 4 to 6 months old.
    Disorders by Breed - Border collie - LIDA Dogs - Faculty of Veterinary Science - The University of Sydney

    In Australia, there are DNA tests available for Trapped Neutrophil Syndrome (TNS) and CL (Ceroid Lipofuscinosis) through the University of NSW (Dr Alan Wilton) and CEA via Genetic Science Services in Melbourne (on behalf of Optigen USA).

    The Hereditary Diseases Subcommittee of the National Border Collie Council of Australia recommends that:

    •all breeding stock should be tested, unless their parents have been DNA tested and found to be clear of the diseases,
    •anyone contemplating purchasing a Border Collie should be aware of these tests and that they should ask to see the test results for parents of any pup they propose to purchase.
    If you do go to a "home breeder" - do you mean
    a breeder of border collies for pets at home
    OR
    a person who breeds border collies in their suburban home (aka backyard breeder)?

    You also want to check any breeder meets these criteria.
    What is a responsible companion animal breeder? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

    Personally I'd be suspicious of a breeder that says they are "registered" and they're not registered with the ANKC. It's misleading to say they are "registered" when they only mean with their local council.

    ANKC registered breeders have a breed prefix and a long code of ethics - tho there's no guarantee their dogs will be sound and healthy - you have to do your own research. If an ANKC bred puppy does have a problem - you can ask the ANKC (DogsVic) to help sort it and report it and its ancestry and the problem to the LIDA database (see above link).

    Make sure you meet both parent dogs of the puppies you are looking at. Make sure the parent dogs are friendly and see if you can check whether they get along well with other dogs. Some Border Collies are very anxious and can attack other dogs out of fear - which is no fun going for walks.

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    Wow! That's very very good information! Thank you so much!!! Now I know what to look out for if I go to a home breeder. I've googled some home breeders online, however I do not know if they are backyard breeder of home breeder. I'll read up more with the link you provided.

    Thank you so so much!

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    This link is the best place to start looking for a breeder - Breeder Directory - But you still need to suss them out properly, just because they're registered, doesn't mean they're ethical or responsible

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