A pretty exciting thing has happened. Don Burke has thrown his support behind breeders who strive for excellence in the breeding of happy and healthy family pets. You can read about this in the Burke’s Backyard magazine and in the current June edition he has kindly featured Dachshund Australia (us!).
Who is an ethical pet breeder?
Dog breeders who are members of the Australian Association of Pet Dog Breeders Inc (AAPDB) strive for excellence in dog and puppy welfare and health. This is a grass roots association, formed a few years ago by crossbred dog breeder and veterinarian, Dr Kate Schoeffel.
Kate was soon joined by myself and other pet dog breeders passionate about what we do. We hold as sacred the importance of dog health, temperament and quality of life and we similarly value the humans who become their family.
And we are as fair dinkum as you can get. We don’t ask people to ‘trust us’ regarding our breeding standards. Rather, we are the only dog association that I know of anywhere to introduce compulsory annual vet audits for members to retain their full membership.
When Don recently heard about our association he recognised it as something well overdue for the dog sector. Until the AAPDB arrived, there was no peak body for pet breeders to join. Nothing.
And it’s still an uphill battle for the association. We have gained government recognition in NSW now, and things are progressing in Queensland, but sadly my home State of Victoria has proved to be a bureaucratic nightmare. Slowly slowly.
Don has truly thrown his support behind the association, to the extent he has introduced a pet dog owners forum on his magazine website which the AAPDB hosts. Kate and I are the moderators, and we encourage anyone with a moment to pop on and have a chat.
Dogs need unity more than ever
Puppy farming refers to substandard breeding enterprises where dogs are held in awful conditions and exploited. Heart breaking.
Regulations are increasing all the time for dog breeding, but in truth these have little impact on people who have no regard for the law or animals in the first place.
What will make a difference is when sub standard set ups have nowhere to sell their puppies. This can happen when the public know who is okay to buy from.
All types of dogs and breeders
A great thing about the AAPDB is its incredibly diverse base. We have big breeders and tiny breeders, purebred breeders and cross bred breeders. We have members who belong to other dog associations as well. Some members sell to pet shops, others sell direct to the public only, while some do both. We sell nationally and even internationally.
In short, the AAPDB welcomes any breeder who is prepared to step up to the mark and bring to the public happy healthy puppies born to happy healthy parents.
Hope you can get a chance to visit the forum and/or get hold of a copy of the June edition of the Burke’s Backyard magazine. Don Burke is doing a great thing for dog welfare in this country. Top stuff Don!