Another column from our show world insider...
As a long time breeder of pedigree dogs I watch in horror what is happening in the dog world.
Yes, I health test (I do more tests than the KC want for my breed). I raise puppies in my home trying my best to make sure I am selling healthy happy well socialised pups to the best homes I can find.
I don't make a lot of money and I don't have a huge kennel.
There are a lot of breeders like me, all quietly doing the same thing - often still in contact with puppies who are now elderly and their owners and sometimes with owners who have come back to find a second family pet after the first passed away.
While I admit over the years we all make changes and try to improve, I do feel let down and unsupported by the KC who don't seem to have any time or interest in what any breeder is doing once the registration money has been paid.
After 'that programme' as many call it, why didn't our KC spend some money showing the other side and how good breeders operate? Surely a great education advantage was lost by the total lack of action or defense.
Then we had the mad knee-jerk face-saving race that went on. Rafts of change and new rules suddenly pouring out of Clarges Street with little consultation or warning. Very few of us could keep up. Most willingly went along with change and breed clubs up and down the country ran around like mad things trying to cope, holding the KC-demanded meetings and reviewing the new standards in the time frame allowed.
Many breeds had rules regarding breeding and health testing that were far more stringent and fitting to each individual breed, but they were swept away - replaced by a set of one size fits all approach from our KC. Is it the breeders fault that our esteemed leaders were caught napping and made to look foolish by a well planned and edited assault on pedigree dogs?
I would say KC educate yourselves, come down of your lofty perch in your gentleman's club and actually look at the dog breeding that goes on today.
The small hobby breeders you look down on are what has replaced big impersonal kennels and make up the majority of your customers
LONG MAY IT CONTINUE