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If you have time to breed your dogs, you should have time to educate yourself first!

The problem with people who call themselves "breeders" is that they have very little or no proper education and knowledge of what breeding is all about. Breeding takes more than just a male and female dog plus a litter of puppies.

1.) Breeding involves planning

Breeding is not mating your female bitch to the nearest available stud dog and vice versa. I have read a lot of posts looking for a stud service which has the closest proximity to their address. And stud dog owners offering their dogs as stud even if their male dogs do not even come close to the breed standard. These so called "breeders" have all the time in the world to breed litter after litter without educating themselves first on how a Lhasa Apso should look like!

Note: If your dog does not look like a Lhasa Apso, it is NOT a Lhasa Apso! So please STOP breeding your dog!

There will always be something NEW to learn about the Lhasa Apso breed. The breed standard gives an outline of the breed. A breed standard alone is not sufficient to understand the breed fully. It is very essential to talk with other people behind the breed. Have an open mind and plan  your litter, you will achieve better results if you have a planned breeding.

2.) Reality: Breeding dogs is expensive and difficult

Breeding dogs is not simple and it is not cheap. I wonder how these people who call themselves "breeders" always talk about how hard it is for them to live day by day and still continue to have one litter after another. Some of these so called "breeders" even post pictures of their dogs lining up and sharing one electric fan to keep cool in this horrid summer heat that is approximately 32- 36 Celsius for several hours everyday. And another thing that bothers me the most is that their solution to beat this scorching heat is by shaving their dogs bald so that it would prevent heat stroke! That is the most absurd reasoning I have heard! We all know Lhasa Apsos are built for extreme weather conditions. And we all know the reason you had your Apso bald is because it was all matted and you couldn't commit to grooming him.

Breeding dogs is challenging as there are genetic issues and illnesses that we are now AWARE of. And since we are aware that these problems exist now, much more that "breeders" so be more careful when they are planning to breed a litter. Most "breeders" are lazy, selfish and stubborn. We all know that breeding dogs is a very expensive hobby. Those who say that breeding is profitable is a big fat liar!

3.) Learn from your mistakes

In this imperfect world, breeders will often make mistakes. I must admit that until now I am learning all the ropes and curves about the Lhasa Apso breed and breeding dogs. I have also made several poor mating choices in the past and I am doing my very best NOT to repeat the very same mistakes again. I continue to educate myself and learn new things that will help me to improve my plans for the future of the breed and for the future of my dogs.

The problem with so many "breeders" out there is they continue repeating their mistakes over and over. They continue to breed their dogs even if the quality is low. Their planning is looking for a different stud - that is near their area or from a breeder whom they are comfortable talking too. Looking for a stud dog is easy but looking for the BEST STUD DOG requires heart and investment.

TIP: A breeder must be willing to invest for the best possible stud dog. He usually does not live in your neighbourhood.

 

Plan your litter.

Learn from your mistakes.

Educate yourself about your breed and about breeding.

Be willing to invest.

Have faith.

 

Let's talk about Cruella de Vil!

We all know Cruella as the main antagonist in the story 101 Dalmatians. She kidnaps puppies for their fur and makes them into glamorous fur coats. Her name is a pun of words "cruel" and "devil" which is really a perfect description of how cruel she is.

In the world of pedigree dogs there is always a Cruella de Vil. Sometimes these Cruellies (as I like to call them) pretend to be saints. Sometimes it is hard to recognize a Cruella as some of them may seem really nice. The problem with the Cruellies is that they love to criticize other dogs, other owners, other breeders, other handlers and other judges. They own a lot of dogs, often a multiple of breeds and these dogs are not given sufficient exercise since most of them stay inside cages for most of their life. These people are almost always in denial of how awful they treat their own pets. They would put the blame on another person rather than owning up to their own mistakes.

There are different kinds of Cruellas in the world of dogs. Here are a few examples of real life Cruellas: 1.) There is one who constantly pollutes Facebook with the negative public posts often name dropping a specific owner or breeder especially after a dog's win. You can always sense the taste of bitterness and they can't seem to be happy for other people's success. 2.) There is also one who seems very religious and kind hearted and professes continuously about their love for their animals but keeps their dogs in a very dirty environment, often kept inside cages and infested with ticks and fleas. The health of dogs are almost often at risk and they often wonder what caused their dogs passing. 3.) There are also those who cull puppies that are only a few days old because of their own negligence in breeding properly. Sometimes these people are even unaware that their dogs have mated until the dam gives birth. These people play the dumb role but they are smarter than what they seem. 4.) There are those who bribe other people in the dog world to get what they want. These people will use every means possible to be ahead and when they don't, expect the claws to come out afterwards.

Cruella de Vil's are a very sad reality in the world of dogs. Most often they want all the attention to themselves. They are self proclaimed know-it-alls and they use it to their advantage. They lure beginners and those very innocent dog enthusiasts, sometimes they just "know" who to be "friends" with. I pray for all the Cruellies all over the world, that they may find peace within themselves, and I do hope they find love and contentment in their personal lives so they can be kinder to animals and become better dog owners.

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This blog is for prospective puppy buyers so that they will be aware that not all advertisements of "Lhasa Apsos" are indeed "Lhasa Apsos".

I am at the website www.olx.ph and I searched for Lhasa Apsos in the Philippines. Evidently, the quality of Lhasa Apsos in this country have really gone bad. The photos of puppies are mostly in very appalling situations. You can see that they are not well taken care of, some are even placed inside very rusty cages and most adults are sold with the reason that their owners "need money" or that "they don't have time to take care of their dogs anymore". Some of these advertisers even have the audacity to call themselves "reputable breeders". And some are milking their bitches like cash cows!!

There are even puppies for sale and dogs being advertised as stud labeled as "small sized" "large sized" "cousin of Shih Tzu" "look alike of Shih Tzu" "champion line". I don't know what they will come up with next!! These people clearly lack the knowledge of responsible breeding or simply choose to continue breeding their dogs despite the condition their dogs are in and even if the puppies they are producing clearly are not good representatives of the Lhasa Apso breed. I am now using the word "good" but we should strive to be better than good.

A lot of people lack the education and information about dog breeding yet a lot of them continue to breed their dogs. Clearly most of them don't even know what a Lhasa Apso is!! :( The quality of the breed is deteriorating and what these "so called breeders" do is produce more of these "so called Lhasa Apsos"!

As a breeder, we all make mistakes, what we should do is learn from these mistakes, be honest about the breeding mistakes we have made in the past and from there we learn to be better breeders and next time we make better choices and better decisions. I hope that there will be more people who take a stand and more individuals who will choose not to ignore the very sad reality of our breed.

 

 

 

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Many people who are very enthusiastic about dogs tend to underestimate the demands of owning a dog and often to fail to meet them. It takes more than good intentions to do right by a dog.

First of all, I think it is absolutely necessary that everyone in the family agrees on getting a dog. It takes a lot of knowledge, patience and time to own a dog without running into problems. Think about how much time you will need to take care of a dog, regardless of the breed. A dog requires supervision, care, training, and activities to keep him stimulated throughout the day.

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The dog has a right to a healthy diet, clean quarters and proper care. He should also have appropriate social contact and to be in an environment that is suitable to his needs. Personally I do not like keeping dogs inside cages. If you own a dog and keep him crated most of his life - better not to own a dog instead.

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It also costs a lot to own a dog. You have to take in account food, vaccinations, equipment, cleaning supplies, bed, treats, toys, your personal belongings (that your dog might accidentally destroy), and unexpected veterinary bills if your dog gets sick or injured.

If you have to travel and won't be able to take your dog with you, you need to find someone reliable to take care of him while you are away or pay to board him in a good kennel or vet clinic offering the same service.

Many family dogs no longer have any real work. Nevertheless, they still need physical and mental stimulation to enjoy a happy and healthy life.  And I believe it is every dog owner's responsibility to meet the many demands of owning a dog and to care for him to the best of his abilities unconditionally. :D

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