This week yet again is the biggest register for Puppy Farmed Pure Bred Puppies , the Kennel Club's "Puppy Awareness week." Telling us to be aware of buying puppies from Puppy Farms, which is a bit hypocritical when they are the biggest registry for Puppy Farmed pure bred puppies in the UK.
Now the first line of the email I was sent by the Kennel Club (KC) about this campaign is, "Help STOP puppy farming. Support Puppy Awarness Week." I find this hard to swallow coming from the KC as they support Puppy Farming every time they take a registration for a puppy, because they happily take registrations from pups that they know nothing about how they are bred, some pups their Mum is only 12 months old and then they are happy to register from that bitch when she produces a litter of pups again only 6 months later and so on. The Kennel Club do this and yet think they can take Puppy Farmers money in one fist and with the other shake it in the air to the public telling us to "Help STOP puppy farming."
So I'm going to ask anyone who wants to help STOP Puppy Farming to ask the KC to "STOP registering pups from Puppy Farms." There telephone number is 01296 318540 or email their Press Office at
email@example.com asking them if they could support a campaign that is "STOP the Kennel Club registering Puppy Farmed puppies" and also to, "Please, STOP registering puppies from Puppy Farmers."
The letter below is an open letter written to the KC by Charlotte Mackaness a Cavalier Campaigner who also is only to aware of the hypocrisy of the KC campaigning to "STOP Puppy Farming"
"This is a wonderful idea. Puppy Farmers need to be stopped. As a dog lover, I would love to help put the bad breeders out of business and ensure that puppies are bred by those who truly care about their welfare. I would also gladly help give potential puppy owners vital information about the most responsible way to find and buy a puppy.
This is a subject close to my heart as, having sought advice from the Kennel Club on where to find a responsibly-bred Cavalier puppy and then buying from a “top” breeder on the recommendation of a breed club Puppy Advisor, my little dog was diagnosed with severe Syringomyelia (SM) aged two. In hindsight, she started showing symptoms as early as six months. It transpired that the Kennel Club registered parents of my puppy had no recorded health tests and, to this day, the breeder has been unable to provide evidence that any of the required or recommended health tests were done despite the well-documented inherited health problems in the breed.
It took me 18 months to find my next puppy from genuinely responsible breeders. Why so long? Because most Cavalier breeders, despite what they claim, do not test their breeding dogs or follow the breeding recommendations designed to reduce the incidence of the two most severe and painful health conditions.
These experiences have meant that I cannot, in all conscience, spread the word about buying from a Kennel Club Assured Breeder. I know only too well that the Scheme requires very limited testing, which in no way addresses serious inherited health issues and the non-compliance of breeding protocols by the majority of Cavalier breeders.
I’m afraid that the Kennel Club itself first needs to put in place stringent steps to prevent the KC registration of litters from Puppy Farmers. Caroline Kisko, the Secretary of the Kennel Club, has recently said “We want to stress to people they should never pay money to someone they suspect of being a Puppy Farmer”. Your own KC website defines Puppy Farmers as “high volume breeders who breed puppies with little or no regard for the health and welfare of the puppies or their parents”. It must therefore be of concern to all who support the PAW campaign that one such high-volume breeder is shown as registering 11 Cavalier litters in three months in your latest Breed Record Supplement. The 11 mothers and four stud dogs have no health tests whatsoever shown on your website.
There are many doing great work to draw attention to the misery caused by puppy farming. Surely, this sort of inconsistency undermines the efforts of so many committed and hard-working people?
I would like to draw the Kennel Club General Committee’s attention to a petition that has already gathered over 17,000 signatures. It promotes an idea that would identify responsible Cavalier breeders and so remove Puppy Farm dogs from KC registration: https://www.change.org/p/the-kennel-club-stop-registerin-g-…
By implementing the suggestion that only litters from health-tested Cavalier parents are accepted for registration the KC would ensure that irresponsible breeders, who will not pay for health tests, are unable to register their poorly-bred litters. Buyers could then be confidently directed to the Kennel Club as truly being the place to find responsibly bred puppies. As a really significant bonus, the information on health testing would go to researchers so better testing and breeding methods can be devised?
On the KC Assured scheme the only thing a breeder must do before breeding a litter of Cavaliers is have the parents eyes tested. That's it nothing else, but unfortunately the unknowing public, think the scheme is so much more than this and blindly buy pups from Assured Breeders thinking being an Assured breeder means the pups are some how guaranteed to be coming from reputable, ethical breeders, which is very often, not the case.
So after contacting the KC about, "Why they support Puppy Farming but want your Help to STOP it"(which is a tad confusing), please can you go (if you have not yet) and sign the petition to the KC to STOP them registering Cavalier pups unless the parents are MRI scanned and Heart tested at
Thanks for all those who have already signed this petition. Please keep spreading the word about it.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.