Good stuff, Clea!
Good stuff, Clea!
Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.
thanks heaps that was a good read
It's good that you are starting your search early, I would contact as many breeders as you can, find out how the pups are being raised... if they don't like your questions, cross them off your list... there is a specialty show at KCC park in March attend that if you can let people know you really are interested... see which dogs you like and follow the kennel name... it can be hard to judge dogs at a show as they are on show and often act very different to at home... but you will get a feel for what type of dog you like... there are some breeders that only breed every now and then and then some that breed all the time... make sure the breeder you chose has the time for you... try to view a couple of litters, don't just pick the first pup you see... and please don't give up and buy one from a pet shop..... If you have trouble when the time is closer let me know and I'll help you find a suitable pup...
Just to add a little more on from Stafford Rescue.
It is an excellent idea to view the parents of your potential pup. If the parents have "issues" e.g. aggression, the possibility of their pups having issues is greater.
Try to find a breeder who doesn't have litter after litter. As SR says make sure they have time for you! Also, litter after litter from one breeder does seem to add to our problems in rescue. Once we start to see a pattern of more than say 3 or 4 pups/dogs from the same kennel in rescue, we start to wonder, registered kennel or not, why these breeders are making our "puppy farmer alarm bells" start to ring.
Finally, whoever you purchase your stafford from, PLEASE remember (and I am not trying to patronise rather make sure you are really aware) that the stafford is one of the dominant breed group of dogs. They must be socialised from as young as their vaccinations will allow (There is now a "tri-annanual" vaccination that takes effect within 72 hours). They MUST be trained, so join your local council dog school (Higgins Rd Bentleigh is EXCELLENT for dominant breeds) and be prepared to attend weekly for the next couple of years!!!! 5 - 10 mins every day of reinforcing what you learn in your weekly class should do the trick and get ready for the most faithful, most loving and most wonderful friend you could possibly find!
Hope I am not stepping on your toes Donna, just want to ensure fruitloop is well and truly armed and dangerous come June/July. Best of luck Fruitloop, you won't regret a sooky sooky lala if you go in with your eyes wide open!
SPR fosters:Rowland, Matrix, Mia, Arizona, Romeo, Wrinkles, George, Molly, Su Lin, Ellie, Charlie, Charlotte, Lulu, Montana http://www.sharpeirescue.com.au
thanks i will ask dad the dates and make sure i go and have a look i understand that "show dogs" are not the same at home my dog bit the judge but she would harm a fly at home i guess its just the added presure of the whole situation but its a great way to see if they can cope
i will NEVER buy a staffy from a pet shop or a breeder that seems to have puppies comming out of his ears and being in a dog breading family i know that my parents used to do everything to help the potentional buyer
but everyone on here has been a great help
but obedience is a must
i know there is night classes near me so there should be no problem
there are many staffords doing flyball atm... some of them I bred...lol.... If you are serious about flyball you need to make sure your dog's temperament is solid... it really is such a high prey drive sport... and staffords can go from zero to over the edge in seconds... I would also suggest that if you want to do flyball with a male stafford he should be desexed early.... having said all that... flyball is great fun and the dogs really love it... its a great way to spend time with your dog and meet others.... it's a great exercise of control also... they also love agility....
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