Designer dog breeders abandon damaged, retired breeding bitches to animal shelters


Today, The Sunday Times reports on a worrying story about designer dogs being abandoned by breeders to shelters when they are done with them. In this instance I’m talking about the ever-popular dachshund, a breed that was particularly popular during the Covid-19 pandemic as was the French bulldog. Louise Eccles in her Sunday Times …

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What are the most attractive cat species?

Sand cat is one of the most attractive cat species

I think I’d better start this discussion by clarifying what a ‘cat species’ is. There are around 37 cat species. The number depends on how you classify them (taxonomy) and there is still some discussion on that topic. All bar one are wild cats. One of the species or subspecies is the domestic cat …

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Should I neuter my cat? Ask a cat breeder.

2012 a breeding queen

A person who wants to adopt a male cat might ask why they should neuter their cat if they are going to be indoors full-time and there will be no other cats in the home; no chance of procreation. Incidentally, the word “neuter” has two meanings. It can mean the removal of the male …

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Can Savannah cats be vaccinated like other domestic cats?

Can Savannah cats be vaccinated like other domestic cats

The answer to the question in the title is, YES. But the reason why I ask the question is because a lady on a page of mine about serval cats as pets said that “The Savannah, like servals, cannot be vaccinated for distemper, FeLV and other cat diseases which means they cannot safety be …

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Infographic on extreme Maine Coon muzzle versus Grand Champion muzzle

Maine Coon muzzle in relation to CFA breed standard

The Maine Coon muzzle is a part of this cat breed’s anatomy which cuts it out from the pack of other cat breeds and tells us that we are looking at a Maine Coon. There are other appearance features which achieve this including the overall size, the lynx-tipped ears, the shaggy, medium-longhaired coat and …

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Commercial Breeding Enterprises (CBEs) versus registered dog breeders

American Kennel Club Breeder of Merit's home

I think it is useful to look at the difference between Commercial Breeding Enterprises (CBEs) and registered dog and cat breeders. My interest in comparing these commercial enterprises came about because Nathan Winograd tells us that about 400 cities and 4 states have passed laws which ban the sale of commercially bred dogs, cats …

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Occasionally, I like to simply publish a photograph of a champion show cat with their title to give readers an idea of what a top-quality purebred, pedigree cat looks like. In this instance I have chosen a cat from the Sal-Shire Ragdolls cattery. This cat is a CFA Grand Champion and a TICA Supreme …

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