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There is big money in breeding pedigree dogs

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I have come across this article which appeared in The Star on Oct 28 2014 which reported that there is big money in Malaysia  in breeding pedigree dogs .

I am aware Dog lovers in Sarawak have been importing pedigree dogs from Australia and Europe for years . Cost of the dogs, air fares and quarantinee charges are high , thereby increasing the cost of the dogs . Is it worth it ? I suppose so considering that this has been going on for the last 30 more years and with animals still being imported .

I suppose locally bred pedigree would be cheaper but it may not have the glamour of being imported .

I hope you would find the article interesting and hopefully would boost your interest in breeding pedigree dogs for sale .

Here is the article ”

The prize bullies living in Wangs home. Prices for a pup sired by champion parents may start from RM4,000.

The prize bullies living in Wangs home. Prices for a pup sired by champion parents may start from RM4,000.

The FIRST thing to know about champion pedigree show dogs is they don’t answer to everyday names like Brownie or Blackie.

One American Thai champion pomeranian goes by Tokie and Dom Doi Take No Prisoners. Another pom pup grew up to become Prowayne Pose Like A Superstar. It was sired by Malaysian champion AC Dynasty Dream You Always, a Hong Kong import.

“The first initials may denote the dog’s winning titles from past competitions. If it is a Malaysian champion, then you will see the initials “MYS CH” in front. Initials like “AT 99” means it is an American Thai champion from the said competition year. This is followed by the name of the kennel and the dog’s name proper,” explains Wayne Heng, a pomeranian breeder from Penang.

To counter the hassles of mouthing such long names, they are usually given diminutives. Case in point is Britmann Bronze Star, a British bull dog belonging to Wang Tsun Seng and Vivian Chia in Salak South. It answers to the name Randy.

Wang and Chia breed Britmann bulldogs. The bloodlines of their pedigrees come as far as United Kingdom and Germany.

Wang and Chia breed Britmann bulldogs. The bloodlines of their pedigrees come as far as United Kingdom and Germany.

To attain the perfect dog, no effort is spared to secure the best blood lines.

Prices for a puppy sired by champion parents may start from RM4,000. A year-old import from the kennel of a champion breeder starts from RM13,000. If the dog has an ancestry of champions, a buyer may have to fork out as much as RM30,000 to RM40,000.

But there are no guarantees.

Owner of Westerwald, Selvamanickaraja Manohar who specialises in German Shepherds, recalls the time when he brought in a pregnant bitch from Germany for RM15,000, only to lose the puppies when the dog went into premature labour. An emergency Caesarian was also required as a pup was stuck inside her.

In another case, Wang paid a Thai breeder some RM10,000 to bring in a bulldog. It developed a serious case of mange upon arrival and had to be returned two weeks later.

And it’s not just about being able to flash the big bucks.

There is an element of dogged research to the whole process, says Selvamanickaraja. How well do you know the breed? Do the parents have the desired traits to pass on to the next generation? What about the pup’s attitude? For all one may know, a pup who seems strong enough to push its siblings away to have its mother’s teat all to itself may well grow up to be a glutton instead of a reliable guard dog!

“People think they can come up with a list of requirements and find such a dog that will fulfil all their expectations. This is not a factory where you can manufacture a product according to specifications. These are living things! So, when I get a list like this, I will tell the customer he must be prepared to wait and to show his commitment, give me a finding fee of €1,000 (about RM4,180), non refundable,” says Selvamanickaraja.

Then, there is the commitment of keeping the dog happy.

Heng and his pomeranians.

Heng and his pomeranians.

At Wang home’s, 14 bullies bask in their own specially built room, equipped with three air conditioners, laid with hospital grade PVC flooring and a radio, so they won’t get bored.

Ongoing renovation and improvements to their facility over the past four years cost Wang an estimated RM40,000.

Topping this is their daily upkeep. Food bills alone cost RM1,000. This does not include vet’s bills and other supplements.

In terms of care, Selvamanickaraja has to wake by 6am to escort Coco, a Rottweiler and newcomer to his kennel, for her poop sessions. Should he run late by just five minutes, the Rott “bombs”, to put it euphemistically. The effect is compounding, as the other dogs will take it as a signal to follow suit.

Heng and Wang describe the competitiveness of pedigree show dogs with this analogy — When the dogs go on show and they are from the same breed, it’s like putting Aaron Kwok and Andy Lau together. So how do you choose between two equally handsome specimens? Here’s where the extra care shows. A spring in its steps, a special kind of hair cut to accentuate its features and even from the way it pants, can make or break a champion.

As for the returns on the investments, Heng who currently has 30 puppies in his menagerie says a breeder is more likely to spend than earn in the long run.

As Wang puts it, “You spend RM30,000 on a race horse, you might gain some returns in a race. But in dog shows, there are no cash prizes. So, in the end, the only reward is self satisfaction.”

“I get very irritated when people tell me dog breeding is easy money,” says the 26-year-old Heng who has bred some 50 pomeranian pups since he started at 18.

Selvamanickaraja sons- Athiyamaan 5, and Manogaran, 7,  playing with their German Shepherds.

Selvamanickaraja sons- Athiyamaan 5, and Manogaran, 7,  playing with their German Shepherds.

As Pomeranians are considered a fragile breed, Heng himself takes the role of caregiver to newborn pups, bottle feeding them every two hours and making sure they are warm. Even then, there is no surety the entire litter will make it.

In answer to animal activists who accuse breeders of being puppy mills, Chan Oi Keng of Rottweiler World from Ipoh puts it simply.

“As long as people want cheap, there will be puppy mills,” says Chan who reveals prices for a pedigree puppy can be as low as RM700 to RM900.

As the only local kennel to produce national and international Rottweiler champions from locally bred dogs, Chan points out in Germany for example, only bitches over the age of two are allowed to breed.

“It makes sense because the dog is more mature. If you start breeding her at one year for example, in human terms it’s like asking a teenager to give birth. Just ask yourself, ‘Is it suitable for a young girl to have a baby?’” Chan asks indignantly.

But demand is ever present. Chan himself admits to getting some 10 enquiries for Rottweiler puppies.

As he breeds his dogs only once every two years to ensure the mother maintains her overall health, only a selected few have the patience to wait or are willing to fork out the RM5,000 fee for one of his puppies.

By some estimates, there are about 40 top dog breeders in the country engaging in import and export of pedigree breeds.

Meanwhile, breeding activities are not only confined to these select few. Pedigree owners have been known to offer their males for stud services. One Rottweiler, owner unknown, was recently advertised for a sum of RM1,200, per date. Another, a Schnauzer, went for cheap at RM600.

But this kind of service is not widely accepted by the likes of serious breeders. Mates have to be of equal standing and should preferably be in-house residents. Any Tom, Dick or Harry might taint an otherwise unblemished bloodline.

Demand for pedigree dogs varies according to location. Perak for example, is known for Rottweilers.

Toy dogs like Shih Tzus and Poodles are in highest demand in urban areas like Kuala Lumpur and Penang — and they are also the most vulnerable breed to be exploited by puppy mills due to size and feeding habits.

 

 

 

 

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