The Kennel Club, the largest orginisation in the UK for the registration of purebreed puppy farmed puppies
I'm fuming, I'm so upset. I know the Kennel Club (KC) on the one hand as their website says, "We are the UK's largest organistation dedicated to protecting and promoting the health and welfare of all dogs", try to make us believe they care about dogs and on the other hand happily take registration from puppy farmed puppies, making them the UK's largest organisation for the registration of purebreed puppy farmed puppies, but when their lack of moral fibre effects one of your own and the facts are in black and white starring you in the face, the KC true morality is laid bare and the conclusion can only be that the KC does not care about the health and welfare of dogs, it only cares about the KC's status.
You may want to know why I am so mad and I will tell. Late morning I turned on the computer to check my emails and opened an email saying,
I been trying to get in touch for a while…. Luckily we have had the pleasure of one of your dogs become a member of our family, the lovely lottie – Sweet dreams matilda.
I just wanted to have a chat as we are also small hobby breeders and have kept 2 wonderful puppies from her.
Innocent enough you might think, I could recall the pup, but not the name of the person contacting me. So I rang her, with a bit of curiosity about me. Elle turned out to be a lovely lady and we spent over an hour chatting. Lottie the pure Cavalier she has, I bred back in 2009 with Dolly the mum (Her first litter) and Charlie the dad. The people who bought her from me came from Weston-Super-Mare, just above Bristol in the South West and Lottie is now in Rochdale which is right up North. Giving Elle the name of the person I sold Lottie to, it was not the same as the people she got the dog from, so Lottie has traveled a little.
Lottie is now over five and has had four litters of pups, one litter with Elle and she has kept two back from this litter. Elle is a small hobby breeder and health tests her Cavaliers. Now for the bit that has made my blood boil with the KC. Four litters by the age of five, does not sound so bad, until you know she has had the first three litters by the age of 2 years and 7 months old, and from the first litter at 14 months old, she had three litters in 15 months, all registered with the KC and until Elle got her, she had not had any health tests.
Elle did not realize on first getting her that she had bred three litters, she found this out and gave me the timeline for them and remember the KC registered each litter. The first litter was born on the 22nd April 2011 when she was 14 months old, 7 months later she gives birth to her second litter on the 22nd November 2011 and then 8 months later gives birth to her third litter on the 22nd July 2012, giving birth to 4, 4 and 6 pups, altogether 14 pups. If that don't stink of puppy farm or backyard breeder, then the pope is not Catholic.
What did the KC do ? Flag this up to the local council as a concern. Contact the breeder with concerns. Refuse to register the pups, because breeding without a gap of twelve months. No, they did nothing. Sorry, I forgot, they did do something, they kept taking money to register the pups. Bastards ! So much for health and welfare, there old KC.
Lets look at the "Breeding Dogs Act 1973" you can find the full act at this link : http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1973/60
In 1973 for licensing of commercial dog breeding "F5 (h) that bitches do not give birth to puppies before the end of the period of twelve months beginning with the day on which they last gave birth." Some 42 years ago it was thought wrong to breed from a bitch before a period of twelve months had passed between litters. So can someone tell me why the KC are still openly taking registration from dogs breeding 3 litters in just over twelve months, let alone just two, with only 7 months and 8 months inbetween the litters and by doing so they are openly supporting unethical breeding while purporting to not ? Please can anyone answer that one for me.
Thankfully Lottie has found a good home and is a testament to her mum's and dad's, health and good temper, to of come through breeding so intensely at such a young age, so well. Elle told me that Lottie is a lovely dog and the two pups she has kept, I have asked, if she breeds from them in the future, I would be interested.
I rang the KC and asked about Lottie's breeding and was told, "It's not against the law." Yes, KC why bother with morals when it's not against the law. I caught you KC, bang to rights.
The ending to this blog asks ; How many Lottie's are there out there ? How many litters are the KC registering like the above each year ? And how many are as lucky as Lottie ?
Now for the darkened room and to sit and bang my head against the wall.
“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.