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nahatalie



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:49 pm    Post subject: Breeder Letter Reply with quote

This is a copy of the email I have sent to some dally breeders I found on champdogs who are within reasonable geographic range to us:

Dear ,

I would like to enquire about your Dalmatians. My partner and I are looking for a puppy to join us around July time. I would like to ask you some questions, then tell you a bit ourselves so you can decide whether you think we are suitable for your puppies.

Questions for the breeder:
Will the puppies be BAER tested?
Will the puppies have their first vaccination?
Are puppies sent home with a puppy starter pack?
If you have a litter planned, when will the puppies be due to leave?
What is the temperament of the parents?
Are the parents hip/elbow scored?
Are the dam and sire available to meet?
Is there any history of epilepsy in your lines?

About us:
We have just bought our first home and are due to move in very soon. Our new house will have medium sized garden, and plenty of ground floor space. Where we live is fantastic for dog walking, with lots of woody walkways, a park with a huge open space and a forest. I am a teacher, so have 13 weeks of the year off, and we are looking for a puppy end of July so I can spend the 6 weeks holiday training him/her and bonding. My partner works shifts, so the puppy would not be left for more than 4 hours at a time after I return to work after the 6 week holidays. If this ever were to be the case, we have already researched which dog walker we would use, and I have a friend who would love to look after the dog too. I intend to eventually get into agility training when the dog is old enough.

We have researched the breed and are aware of the health issues with the breed, including bladder stones so we will research which low purine diet is best, and go on recommendation from the breeder. I have also joined the British Dalmatian Club forum where I contribute posts asking for information about the breed and reading other peoples' dally anecdotes!

Thank you for your time, please ask us anything you wish to know, or make us aware of any concerns you may have.

Nathalie and Phil


What do you think? Is there anything I should be asking if the breeders reply? Or anything I can tell them that they'd like to know? I have already sent this out, so I can only add in a reply if I get a reply from them.
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Jeangenie



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some things to think about:

Unless you get your puppy after 9 weeks of age it shouldn't really have had its first vaccination, because (if the dam's immunity is up to date) the first vaccination shouldn't be done before 8 weeks, and the pup not homed for a week afterwards, in case of adverse reaction.

Don't forget to ask if the pups are KC registered, and if the registrations are endorsed.

Provision of written dietary requirements and guidance concerning responsible ownership is a requirement under the KC Code of Ethics
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nahatalie



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok thanks, silly me, I kind made an assumption people on champdogs are KC registered therefore would register pups for some reason...

I didn't know about the vaccination thing, I just saw it on some websites that the pups would have had thier 1st vaccination.

I shall ask those questions in my second emails!
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gillieworm



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great email, I would certainly be impressed to hear about the research etc you are putting in to this breed.

Re innoculations, it really is very rare for a pup to come to you with these already done unless like JG has stated, you get a puppy older than 8 weeks old. Injections are generally done at 8 and 10 weeks old.
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jabbadal



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, but the new vaccinations are available out there that enables a puppy to have it's first vaccination at 8 weeks of age, which no longer intervenes with the antibodies passed on by the dam.

These have been developed in response to the Guide dogs for the blind, needs to socialise a puppy early in order to increase it's learning capabilities and future responses.

Our last two litters have been vaccinated at 8 weeks using advice from our vet. They are then vaccinated again at 10 weeks so are able to socialise outside from 11 weeks of age.

Alot of puppies do not get vaccinated by the breeder as this is an extra cost!
We prefer to get the puppies out socialising as early as possible with their new owners.
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Jeangenie



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jabbadal wrote:
Our last two litters have been vaccinated at 8 weeks using advice from our vet. They are then vaccinated again at 10 weeks so are able to socialise outside from 11 weeks of age.

Yes, that's standard, but it's not recommended for a puppy to be rehomed less than a week after its first vaccination, so if a breeder has the puppies vaccinated at 8 weeks of age they shouldn't go to their new homes till they're 9 weeks. They would then have their second vaccination at 10 weeks as standard.

Sorry for any misunderstanding.
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gillieworm



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have also heard that say for arguments you have a breeder in Scotland and a puppy buyer from London. If the breeder in Scotland was to give first vaccination their litter, the London buyer would go to their vets and their vets would say because it is different localities the dog needs to start its injections from scratch.

Now I don't know if this is true, or a scam within vets, but I do know of a great deal of breeders that have tried this in the past and have stopped because of this.
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Jeangenie



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not the different locality, but whether the new vet uses the same vaccine brand as the first vet. If not it's possible that the pup would have to restart the course because the different manufacturers vaccines aren't always compatible.
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Caprilli101



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have bred my first litter in 2000 and ever since then all my puppies have been vaccinated 3 days before they leave my premises at the age of eight weeks.

Like Lou I find it most important that puppies can be out there socialising as soon as possible. All puppy buyers are informed about the type of vaccine before they collect their puppies and are asked to contact one or more of their local Vets to find out about their vaccination protocols.

I also have all puppies microchipped before their hearing test and registration so ALL their paperwork can be linked to the right dog for the rest of their life.

As a Pet puppy buyer I would also prefer to buy from a breeder that DOES endorse their puppies for breeding.
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