[quote=“Maoman”][quote=“why does it hurt when I p”]Thi is off topic, sort of, but does anybody know where I can get some info on honest, gentle or legitimate dog breeders?
I would like to buy a dog, but I looked in Jian tan and the conditions were miserable and the prices were, to say the least, laughable. About double what you would pay for a papered show dog in Canada.
Legitimate dog breeders in Taiwan? They don’t exist. Nobody tests for hereditary defects here, and when they do crop up, nobody makes any effort to stop dogs with defects from breeding. You might get a good dog, or you might get a dog whose hips fall apart after a couple of years. If you’re getting a dog in Taiwan, get a mutt. If you want a purebred, get one from New Zealand or Australia, from an accredited breeder. We did, and we have no regrets.[/quote]
I would concur with Maoman, although I have to confess that we took the gamble. As he’s only 4 months now anything might still happen, but at least right now he’s o.k.- according to our vet and our general impression … We got our labrador puppy from a “breeder” in Linkou, probably a similar place as you saw in Jiantan, I think they are more in the business of supplying “material” to the pet-shops rather than being interested in real breeding, but I fell in love with our dog and just couldn’t leave him there … They even gave us a so called “blood certificate” which shows his (alleged) family tree and certifies that he’s a purebred labrador, but interestingly enough we asked for the certificate about a week after we got our dog and it was supplied within a few days, without a blood test … so it’s probably not worth the paper it’s printed on, plus the issuing body (China Dog Lover Assoc.) is not recognized outside this country, just as all similar bodies that might exist here … As Moaman wrote, if you can afford it money & time-wise, go abroad and get your dog, I’m sure it would be safer; we just hope we picked a lucky little dog … !
Oh, and the prices at this place were about 25% of what the local shops in our neighbourhood were asking … if you want to take a look I can give you some directions, bearing in mind all the above …
By the way, our dog sat in some resin that dripped from a tree in our garden the other day and we can’t wash the stuff out of his fur, anybody have a tip how to get it out without using any strong chemicals etc. ?? Thanks, Xpet.