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    Genetic testing for SBT is for L2-Hga and HC - could you please translate?

    Also what should I be looking for when viewing the pup?

    One of them has quite a bit of pink around his paws, nose and eyes - he's primarily white with a black ear.

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    Check out the Victoria Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club Inc website.
    www.sbtcv.org.au

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    I really wanna reply to this! But I have to go feed the horse.
    I'll be back soon!
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    I have a pound puppy too.

    I'd be worried about a dog with a lot of white on its face especially nose and eyes as that can mean skin cancer risk later. It's hard to keep enough sunscreen on a dog like that.

    But if I was buying from a breeder the number one thing I'd want is some sign the breeder cares about what happens to the puppy. Ie are they asking you as many questions as you ask them? Will they take the puppy / dog back if for some unpredictable reason you can no longer care for it and cannot find a new home for it yourself (eg you get incapacitated in some way).

    Read the link on "responsible breeders" and the smart puppy buyer guide
    How do I avoid supporting puppy farms? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

    everything you need to know about raising a puppy so it doesn't end up at the pound
    Digital Dog Training Textbook | Dog Star Daily

    An interesting guide to choosing a puppy - I'd use what is useful or practical and not worry about the rest too much, you want the friendly puppy.
    Volhard Dog Training and Nutrition: Behavior and Training: Behavior

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    As someone in the animal health profession, pink eye rims and noses are a no-no for the reason Hyc gave. Huge cancer risk. I helped cut a cats nose out a couple of weeks ago. I would assume a white nose is highly discouraged for this reason.
    The breed standard for most dogs says eyes must have a dark rim(Labs may be an exception, but I know SBTs need dark rims).

    Now this is verrrry difficult to explain...
    L2Hga is short for L-2-hydroxglutaric aciduria. Its a disorder that 'causes' higher levels of L-2-hydroxglutaric acid in the dogs blood plasma, urine and cerobrospinal fluid(the stuff that surrounds the brain and spinal cord ). It attacks the central nervous system.

    HC means hereditary cataracts, pretty self explanatory.

    Staffys also need to be tested for hip dysplasia and entropian. (im sure theres more, but im no SBT expert, I just know this through work)

    If you're still open to breeder suggetions, this one seems pretty decent. Or this sort of set up/idea.
    Jagarra Staffordshire Bull Terriers
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    Thank you, thank you thank you!

    I have been doing my research on the forum over the last couple of months - so hopefully come end of December I will be a well equip puppy parent!
    I think I have joined every online puppy club to get as many 'ebooks' and brouchures I can.
    This little pup i have in mind is beautiful and the breeder has mentioned that more than anything it is important this little man goes to a loving home.
    The breeder also works for a vet.

    I dont think I could ask for much more!

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    Laura Kate

    It's wonderful you're doing the research. But do be prepared for the likely chance that your puppy will do something (lots of things) you don't expect. There are some things that no matter how much prep you do - the plan goes to pieces when confronted with the reality - but with puppies, that's all part of the fun. Still do the prep tho.

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    So the breeder is registered and is all of the above?
    I like STB and they can be great dogs.. I tend to harp on this a lot because I work in a shelter. These dogs do end up in pounds/shelters a lot, although I have only come across 2 purebreds that were actually handed in with their paper work.
    So bear in mind they love their peoples and do have a tendency to suffer from separation anxiety, allergies, DA if not socialized properly and need a firm hand.
    Otherwise they are fun to be around. Good Luck

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    Laura one thing important to do when going to buy your puppy from a breeder,
    forget about the lovely looking puppies cause they'll all look so cute , ask to see the parents first if they look friendly and sociable then you can be assured that the puppies will inherit the same attitude from them if one or both show any signs of agression or you feel uncomfortable around them leave and look else where, dont look back otherwise you'll see all those beautiful little puppy eyes and youll want one to take home.

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    Laura Kate, I hope you didn'y buy from that breeder. She never replied to my email, I assume because she didn't have an answer.
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