Anti-Docking Alliance 

 
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The Campaign Against the Docking of Dogs' Tails (and cropping ears)

For DOG LAW including BREEDING LAWS see this Kennel Club link:-
http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/397/pg_dtl_art_news/pg_hdr_art/pg_ftr_art
OR for the Act itself
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http://www.opsi.gov.uk/ACTS/acts1999/19990011.htm

Puppy Buyers - If you are buying a puppy, the following questions should be asked of breeders. Responsible breeders should be willing to answer them.
* 1 The puppy has not been docked?
* 2 Litters are reared in domestic environment not kennels, barns etc.? Yes/No
* 3. Litters are KC/AKC/FCI registered? Yes/No
* 3a DNA done? Yes/No
* 4 All health tests relative to breed carried out on parent dogs and KC certificates available for viewing by prospective purchasers? Yes/No
*5 Any known inherited genetic health problems in ancestry? Yes/No
If Yes please state (include torsion/gastric dilatation/bloat)
BREEDERS/BUYERS - Please use a seller/buyer contract see http://www.bva.co.uk/news/2776.aspx
6 Is a contract provided on the sale of the puppies Yes/No
Does the contract provide the following:-
* 6a As the breeder, do you undertake to rehome/or help to rehome a puppy/dog you have bred? Yes/No
*7 Litters are mircrochipped/tattooed Yes/No
* 8 Puppies are wormed Yes/No
* 9 Puppy comes with puppy pack of information leaflet, pedigree, registration documents, photos of parent dogs and the next 48 hours of food. Yes/No
* 10 After sales advice given. Yes/No
*11 Is the breeder on the Kennel Club Accredited breeder list?

*12. No bitch the breeder owns is bred from in the same 12 months as having a litter
*13. No bitch the breeder owns is bred from before 2 yrs or after  7 years
BREEDERS Do make sure you provide information leaflets to potential buyers abvout your breed, and give them an after sale puppy pack including 24-48 hours food with instructions. Both parties ought to enter into a contract of sale including requiring pup to be permanently identified (microchip/tattoo) by 6 months of age. Contact the Alliance for puppy buyer leaflets if required.

BREEDERS – if you have a “swimmer” puppy take a look at this http://cockerspanielinformation.com/  before you have the puppy put to sleep.

BREEDERS
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watch out for loose fibres on fleece bedding as puppies can ingest and die.

Animal Care College -
Buying and Training a Puppy
click on this link to access their FREE booklet

DOCKED BREED REGISTRATIONS  In 2004 88,600!!!! in that one year alone were docked - this does not count those that were not registered and mongrels that were docked.

Before buying a puppy - have you considered a rescue dog and making enquiries of a Rescue Organisation to see if you can be considered for re-homing a rescue

Only take on an animal where you are confident you can provide for it
Neuter your pets if you do not plan to show or breed) to reduce the chances of unwanted litters - controversial, but unfortunately one of the causes for rescue organisation having to care for so many unwanted animals
Microchip your pet so if it does go missing it can easily be traced back to you. Compulsory in N. Ireland. 'From that date (April 6, 2016) owners will need to have their dog microchipped and registered on one of the authorised commercial databases available; owners will have to register the details of any new owner before they sell or give the dog away. Any owner will have to keep their contact details up to date on the microchip databases. 'Defra is working with database providers and microchip suppliers to ensure minimum standards of service for commercial databases and standards of microchips, and that there is updated implantation guidance and training available as well as a one-stop enquiry point for microchipped lost and found dogs.'
Make sure you can afford veterinary treatment before taking on an animal


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PAIN
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Recent research has shown that neonates are HYPERsensitive rather than HYPOsensitive as has been widely believed.  Neonates have an intact sensory central nervous system that does not have descending modular pathways that act as pain blocks seen in adults.  Research has also shown that the memory of neonatal pain can affect the animal in its adult life.  Symptoms include decreased pain threshold, anxiety, social disorders and aggression.    For FULL details link to:- Pain See Photos

                                                                           

BUYERS - DO NOT BUY FROM ANY ADVERTISER WHO WILL DELIVER TO A MOTORWAY SERVICE STATION OR TO YOU AND USES A MOBILE TELEPHONE NUMBER ONLY. OFTEN THEY SELL SEVERAL DIFFERENT BREEDS. BE ULTRA CAUTIOUS WHEN BUYING FROM A NON-PERSONAL WEBSITE OR ADVERTISEMENT IN A LOCAL PAPER. ALWAYS SATISFY YOURSELF THAT THE BREEDER IS BONA FIDE AND IS SHOWING YOU THE ACTUAL DAM AND SIRE OF THE LITTER FROM WHICH YOU ARE BUYING. ASK TO HAVE THE SIRE AND DAM'S DETAILS OF ALL THE APPROPRIATE HEALTH CHECK CERTIFICATES FOR THAT BREED AND CHECK THEM OUT WITH THE KENNEL CLUB FOR AUTHENTICITY. IF YOU VISIT AN ESTABLISHMENT TO BUY A PUPPY AND ARE UNHAPPY ABOUT THE CONDITIONS AND WHAT YOU ARE BEING TOLD - DO NOT BUY - REPORT YOUR CONCERNS TO THE LOCAL AUTHORITY FOR THAT AREA AND ASK THEM TO INVESTIGATE OR/ANDTHE RSPCA. BUYING A PUPPY FROM A BAD BREEDER ONLY MAKES THEM CARRY ON MAKING MONEY FROM IRRESPONSIBLE BREEDING PRACTICES BECAUSE PEOPLE BUY JUST TO GET THE PUPS AWAY FROM THE AWFUL CONDITIONS.
BY DOING JUST THIS, YOU MIGHT END UP GETTING A LIFE TIME OF VETS' BILLS.
DOCKED BREEDS'  HEALTH INFORMATION
 1/03 Recent articles by Wood and Lakhani (Animal Health Trust) show from an analysis of Labs. and Gordon Setters' BVA/KC hip scoring scheme that age of screening is important.  Also it seems to show that the score depends upon the month in which the dog was born.  In Lab/Rets. the hip score increases from the mean of 15 at 2 yr s of age to nearly 18 when done at 6 yrs old.  Dogs born between June and  October have a lower hip score than those born between November and May.
 HD – fairly good hips;  HD – borderline hip dysplasia; HD – serious hip dysplasia  (refers to each breed below)
Figure in brackets is breed average hip score.Try to find litters where parents' hip scores are lower than averag
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MPORTANT
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a puppy from a breeder who will not/cannot show you both the parent dogs' genuine Kennel Club/BVA hip score certificateS (or eye tests) in the breeds where there is a high prevalence of hip dysplasia (and eye problems). Check that the hip scores are within an acceptable range and eye tests are clear

EYE TESTING
Haddenham (Berks/Oxon) Evening Eye Testing Sessions (Bucks/Berks/Oxon borders) between Thame and Aylesbury A418 Details Polly 01844 299508 or after 6.30pm only John 01494 446967 Usually has regular eye testing sessions throughout year
Every Wednesday Cheshire Vet Surgery Main Street, Frodsham, Cheshire WA6 7DF Tek 01928 734040 Fax 01928 739955  email
peter@eye-vet.co.uk


2002 HIP SCORES – USA  & BVA

An informal appraisal of the comparative hip scores from O.F.A. (Orthopaedic Foundation for Animals (USA)   and BVA (British Veterinary Association: as assessed by Dr. G. Keller , Chief of Veterinary Services at OFA:-
OFA                                                        BVA
Excellent                                              0-4 (no>3/hip)
Good                                                      5-10 (no>6/hip)
Fair                                                       11-18
Borderline                                            19-25
Mild dysplasia                                     26-35
Moderate dysplasia                             36-50
Severe dysplasia                                  51-106

IT WILL BE ILLEGAL FOR PUPPIES TO BE DOCKED after April 2007 (30th April Scotland).  Any puppy that has been docked as a Working dog (England and Wales only) covered by the exemptions must hold a Veterinary Certificate to say it has been done lawfully.

HEALTH CHECKS which should be carried out on parent dogs for the following “docked” breeds before a puppy is purchased are listed against the breeds below. 

(ALSO SEE Kennel Club website for GENETICS http://www.doggenetichealth.org/   Preferably buy from dogs which are kept in a domestic environment and not kennels as these should be better socialised and temperamentally more suited to their new family setting:-  Never buy from a puppy farm e.g. (where there are lots of different breeds  or pet store.

DOG BREED STANDARDS (with tails)  check these out for your breed before purchasing a puppy.
http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/     > Discover Dogs
03/04  The Kennel Club have launched  an Accredited Breeders' Scheme with a code of best practice.
KC JUDGING 2007 NB!!  Judges at KC licensed shows must judge in accordance with KC Breed Standards.  In assessing dogs, judges must penalise any features or exaggerations which they consider would be detrimental to the SOUNDNESS, HEALTH, OR WELL BEING OF THE DOG.  Judges are expected to maintain and abide by the highest standards........  
KENNEL CLUB AFFIXES (BREEDERS' KENNEL NAMES) can now be found on KC website   
http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/    New ones will be added around 16th of each month.  Any queries or objections should be made to the KC within 4 weeks of the first display:- Specialist Business Team, The Kennel Club, 4a Alton House, Office Park, Gatehouse Way, Aylesbury. Bucks HP19 8XU
  If you are a breeder, Affix holder or have any dogs registered with the Kennel Club, please help them keep your details up to date.  Click here to download a form   http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk.forms/formsIndex.html or call the KCon 0870 6066750.
Canine Epilepsy Support Group – Mrs. Anne Morley, Helpline 08707 469 329  EPILEPSY 10/05 - Research is being undertaken by Faculty of Veterinary Science, Liverpool University (&Manchester Univs)PO Box 147 Liverpool L69 3BX email   a.dunne@liverpool.ac.uk  If you have a dog suffering from epilepsy please contact them.  You will need to send a blood sample and this can be from any excess blood taken for any other procedure at your Vets IT WILL BE ILLEGAL FOR PUPPIES TO BE DOCKED (England & Wales) after April 2007 (30th April Scotland).  Any puppy that has been docked as a working dog covered by the exemptions must hold a Veterinary Certificate to say it has been done lawfully and must be microchipped with appropriate certification.
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