A little while ago someone contacted me about one of Blottie's pups. They started by telling me to "hold my hair on", as they lived in France. Which means they had read that I don't export puppies. So I sent them back an email, which I thought was polite, saying, "Sorry" and just reiterating what is stated on the website, and I received a reply telling me that was okay, "They would find a more courteous breeder." More like find a lick their ass breeder, I thought, but I bit my tongue and replied asking, what exactly was discourteous about reiterating what was already stated clearly on the website, and would they like to know "why I don't export?"
They replied, with no apology for calling me discourteous, but with what made me think that they think I only sell my dogs to people who are English. They thought that although they lived in France, them being English would be okay. She did end with saying that she would like to know why I don't export, but felt it "best to leave it at this." So I did not reply her again. I did though think that maybe I should write a blog, so people know the reasons why I do not export puppies.
There are three reasons main reasons for not exporting and I will list starting with least important to most:
1. I just can't be bothered with it.
2. Vaccination burden on a puppy.
So first we have, "I just can't be bothered with it." Why would I want the hassle of exporting, when I can easily home pups within the UK? Maybe Kudos, so I can say ,"I have pups here, there and everywhere." Not really bothered by that kind of thing. You might say, "But Jane, what about helping another breeding project with your gene pool of dogs?" Well, if that became the case. That's why we have Artificial insemination, so you can bring overseas genetics if needed in to a breeding program. I prefer natural service, but when distance is a barrier, that is where Artificial insemination comes in to it's own, but it is unfortunately, now being totally overused and misused in the dog breeding fraternity as it has been misused in most other species we have used it with.
Secondly we have, "Vaccination burden on a puppy." Talking to vets, most do not like doing the rabies jab (which they have to have to be exported) until the puppy is at least 4 months to 6 months old, some prefer the pup to be 12 months old. It is a more high risk vaccine and if the pup has a reaction to it, it can be life threatening and you will be left with an immune compromised pup.
Thirdly there is "Aftercare." This is the help and back up I give when a pup leaves. If problems occur and I have to have the pup back. This normally occurs in the first year of the pup leaving me. If you are a UK resident living the most of your time in the UK, helping with any problems and having the pup back is made so much easier and far less stressful for the pups.
I have pups in all sorts of family configurations, you don't have to have a UK passport. One of the reasons I keep my pups priced middle of the road (my husband, David is always badgering me about the amount I do in breeding each litter I should charge more), is to not make getting a dog from me something exclusive. All you got to do/have to get one of my pups is read the website, a few manners about you, be mainly living in the UK for at least the first year of the pups life (I don't ask people to hand their dog back if they move abroad after getting a pup from me), time, patience and lastly, but most importantly, a lot of love to give them.
“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 (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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