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July 8, 2011 by Peter

We have recently received a letter from Petra, a Happy Miniature Bull Terrier owner in the United Arab Emirates and we think her experience will help many of you out there searching for that special puppy of yours.

Miniature Bull Terrier, UAEShe starts her letter: “I have received the puppy and all went well. I must say that I am very happy with my choice.” Her puppy is indeed very good looking and confident which you can tell just by looking at her face. Petra continues: “I have always gone directly to breeder to purchase my dogs because I wanted to see where they come from, how the parents are kept and how well the puppies are socialized.”

It is perfectly reasonable from anyone looking to buy a puppy to want to visit the breeder in person, see the parents, the environment and of course, the puppy itself. However, the traditional way of selecting and purchasing a puppy is not an option for everyone:

“But because I live in the UAE and I have little time to look for breeders with available puppies in my short summer holiday, I had to rely on strangers like you to do the leg work for me.”

That’s where Euro Puppy comes in. We visit the breeders personally, photograph their puppies, give them a good health check and will only recommend the ones to you that meet the standard. If you want to save yourself the “leg work” as Petra says, we are here to help.

“I must admit that I had my doubts buying an animal from the internet. I was a little worried that I was purchasing a dog from horrible breeding facilities where the bitches are covered over and over again to make maximum profits. I worried that the puppies were not well kept and psychologically disturbed.”

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The dangers of Inbreeding - Dalmatians and hearing loss

November 3, 2008 by sandor.fagyal

Inbreeding of dogs is quite a significant problem. In the quest for getting the "Perfect Dog", breeders try and wipe out variations within breeds, and this leads to a progressively smaller gene pool to choose from.

Dalmatian

What this means, is that the pups that are born are more likely to have "defective" genes that manifest themselves as congenital conditions. That is why several thoroughbreds are not very healthy. I myself have lost a beloved dog - A German Shepherd named Candy - to a congenital defect when she was in the prime of her life at the age of three.

Almost one third of all Dalmatians suffer from hearing disability due to congenital birth defects. This is a significant problem, as one third is a huge percentage. It probably can't be helped, but this fact should make people more sensitive to the issues that arise from Inbreeding and the detrimental effects it has on the health of the dog.

Naturally, this also leads to a higher incidence of deaths and lowers the average life expectancy of pure breed dogs. It's very sad, and maybe what I'm trying to say is - don't complain if your dog has a few inconsistencies (unless you plan to show him/her in a professional competition). Inconsistencies mean that your dog is probably more healthy than one that is "really pure", and surely that is a small price to pay?