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7,800 dogs were destroyed in the UK in 2007

Discussion in 'Dog Breeding' started by Brainless, Jan 19, 2008.

  1. Brainless

    Brainless Guest

    This figure is reported in an Article by Robert Killick on page 9 of Our Dogs weekly newspaper of 18th January 2008.

    There are those who feel my views on breeding are restrictive, and unreasonable.

    With so many dogs being put to sleep and our rescues full, what justification is there for breeding other than to maintain breed standards or for some working or competitive aim.

    Those necessary litters for these purposes should be from only the healthiest, mentally sound and most typical examples of their breeds, and where appropriate the best workers, and most importantly bred only by those willing to be responsible for the welfare of the pups they breed for their lifetime.

    The pet pedigree dog population should come from the surplus pups in these litters, as these are also likely to make superior pure bred pets from the health and temperament point of view, as well as being most typical of their breed, in size, temperament etc. These pups are also of the quality to encourage their owners to participate in canine activities if they should wish.

    For those for whom breed is not important for the conceivable future there will be more than enough accidents and abandoned dogs in rescues.
  2. Jenny Olley

    Jenny Olley PetForums VIP

    Nov 2, 2007
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    Brainless, is this just the figure from rescue centres ? or does it include young dogs PTS at vets.
  3. colliemerles

    colliemerles PetForums VIP

    Nov 2, 2007
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  4. Brainless

    Brainless Guest

    Public statistics so not owner PTS which of course is much higher for usually illness old age etc.

    Still a pretty large figure when you consider that most dogs are not just given the standard 7 days, as a welfare charity takes them in, as opposed to just the local authority stray responsibility.
  5. Thats cruel and horrible....
  6. Debbie

    Debbie PetForums VIP

    Nov 10, 2007
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    This is one of the main reasons my views on breeding are very harsh!!
    Its such a sorry state of affairs !!!
  7. Magik

    Magik Guest

    it's not just breeders tho... it's the pet owning public who take on pets for the wrong reasons... I think you should need a licence to breed and a licence to own a dog.
  8. Brainless

    Brainless Guest

    The buck has to stop with the breeders (this means everyone whose bitch has a litter I am afraid), to in the first instance to home pups in homes with the best chance of providing lifelong homes, and if the owners circumstances change they should be there to pick up the pieces and re-home the dog.

    This would leave very little work for rescues to do, and they would be only picking up the pieces when the breeder themselves had died or was in poor health etc.

    Those not prepared to take responsibility for the next 15 years should not allow their bitches to have a litter.

    A breeder Friend in her 70's paid to kennel a 10 year old dog for several months until a new home could be found as due to her own and husbands ill health (in his 80's) she couldn't' take him into her own home. It cost her an awful lot of money, especially for a Pensioner.

    His owner had died and her husband didn't want the dog anymore.
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