A typical lockdown puppy....

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This just popped up on my FB newsfeed. Puppy going blind, breeder not interested. Well that probably says a lot about them. Poor little pup. :(

Oh heck, poor little chap. Felt wrong to Like your post, so I didn't, but I hope they find his siblings owners.


Please tell me they are not getting it from a well known cavapoo/cockapoo breeder in Cheshire. This particular breeder churned out something like 200+ litters in 2019 😢.
Couldn't Like this post either. That's terrifying, and very sad, numbers.
 

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Ownedbyaconnie I think it is someone local Surrey/Hampshire borders. Quite a few from this woman locally☹️. To be fair they are all fairly nice if rather full on temperaments but she seems to make a lot of claims that seem somewhat far fetched or. Non shedding healthy due to being crossbred etc.
 

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I hate the poo trend. I don’t find the dogs cute, and really struggle to see the appeal. Every cockerpoo I’ve ever met has been wussy, neurotic and difficult. Their coats never look properly groomed, with that awful layer of fluff with little wiry curls at the ends. My dog groomer says every cockerpoo they have in has to be clipped because their coats are high maintenance and the owners don’t put the work in.

I know someone who decided on a cockerpoo, looked on preloved, saw the typical story of “she’s a pet bitch and so nice we just had to have puppies from her” and parted company with £2k. Funnily enough same bitch just happens to have to have a further litter a year later. But of course it’s not about the money...

I don’t understand people who are happy to spend that amount of money on an unknown entity. They never meet the stud, sometimes meet the bitch but not always. No health tests, no research into the breeds that form the cross, no research into the cross. It’s just irresponsible, both breeder and buyer.
 

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I hate the poo trend. I don’t find the dogs cute, and really struggle to see the appeal. Every cockerpoo I’ve ever met has been wussy, neurotic and difficult. Their coats never look properly groomed, with that awful layer of fluff with little wiry curls at the ends. My dog groomer says every cockerpoo they have in has to be clipped because their coats are high maintenance and the owners don’t put the work in.

I know someone who decided on a cockerpoo, looked on preloved, saw the typical story of “she’s a pet bitch and so nice we just had to have puppies from her” and parted company with £2k. Funnily enough same bitch just happens to have to have a further litter a year later. But of course it’s not about the money...

I don’t understand people who are happy to spend that amount of money on an unknown entity. They never meet the stud, sometimes meet the bitch but not always. No health tests, no research into the breeds that form the cross, no research into the cross. It’s just irresponsible, both breeder and buyer.
8190FE30-2073-4E12-961C-5F28B265FBEC.jpeg Mabel takes great offence at your post 😉

do agree though that naïve owners think no moult=no maintenance. I spend a good majority of my life brushing Mabel.

I’ve said it before on here and I’ll say it again, I think cockerpoos are a mix of two lovely breeds and Mabel is very clever, very loving, great with children, dogs, horses, our cat, can be left alone etc etc. It’s the fact they are marketed by puppy farms as the perfect easy family dog which they aren’t. They are treated like teddy bears because they look like toys and as a result are as you say, neurotic, crazy etc.

There’s no such thing as a bad dog, only bad owners.
 

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I’ve met plenty of ‘poos. To a dog they’ve always been completely and utterly delightful, happy dogs. With loving owners who adore them, look after them and have put the work in to train them.
Gosh. It's almost like those 2 things are linked isn't it 🤣🤣
I don't have an issue with cross breeds, just the idiots who get them (and any puppy) thinking it's going to be easy. It's hard work raising a puppy correctly, and if you don't put the work in, you won't get the desired results.
I sort of wish I hadn't opened this thread as it makes me so sad and also angry that people can be so stupid and it's always the dogs that suffer.
 

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Gosh. It's almost like those 2 things are linked isn't it 🤣🤣
I don't have an issue with cross breeds, just the idiots who get them (and any puppy) thinking it's going to be easy. It's hard work raising a puppy correctly, and if you don't put the work in, you won't get the desired results.
I sort of wish I hadn't opened this thread as it makes me so sad and also angry that people can be so stupid and it's always the dogs that suffer.
Even though it’s my thread, I still feel a bit hypocritical as although I did my research and put in soooo much work, I still have a dog with challenges. The amount of effort I put in I ought to have the perfect dog!
 

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Even though it’s my thread, I still feel a bit hypocritical as although I did my research and put in soooo much work, I still have a dog with challenges. The amount of effort I put in I ought to have the perfect dog!
Don't beat yourself up, BBP. We know how hard you have worked with him. He is what he is and all respect to you for making him the best he can be. Many people would have given up.
 
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Nev did get lots of training, he did obedience and agility before the kids got too old to force to take “their” dogs to classes. (He actually decided he was “my” dog from day 1). He’s clipped at home by me, scruffy as you please, hardly ever brushed, I just keep him short. Pic just because 😊
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the look of the poo crosses doesnt appeal to me and i also dont like the texture of poo coats, but some friends do have them, and on the whole they are reasonably obedient, however they have put in the work to train them. all puppies/dogs of whatever breed need plenty of attention and training so the poo crosses are no different but it seems that they are bought by so many people who think they are easy family dogs and they dont do the training or give them enough exercise and they end up with a nutcase. its not the dogs fault and i wonder how many will end up in rescues in the future after having a lockdown puppy loses its charm...
 

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Don't beat yourself up, BBP. We know how hard you have worked with him. He is what he is and all respect to you for making him the best he can be. Many people would have given up.
Thank you. I think ours is a grounding story of what getting a puppy can really be like. The fantasy of an easy puppy who can come up to the stables and come out riding with me wasn’t the reality. He’s got his challenges, noise sensitivity, HATES the left wheel of all wheelie bins, has strong chase drive for everything other than toys so rarely off lead, can’t be trusted with the horses, doesn’t like other dogs in his face after this years attacks and he’s prone to anxiety, his confidence is easily dented. I think him coming into a household whilst I was suffering so badly with Lyme probably led to my anxiety transferring to him at quite an impressionable time for him.

BUT hes three years old now and as long as I adapt our lives a little to accommodate his challenges he is a real joy to have around and has kept a smile on my face through this rough year. He’s a sweet, gentle, intelligent soul. I’ve certainly learned a huge amount about dogs, their behaviour and training over the last 3 years!
 

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Before Christmas, when buying a trolley load of stuff from PetsatHome for my little whippet due to be picked up in a couple of weeks, the cashier told me that on regular occasions, people turned up with the puppy they'd just collected, asking what they needed.. presume they didn't do that when they had kids. Sigh. Poor dogs.
 

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My breed of choice is greyhounds, which are such gorgeous sweet, gentle, undemanding dogs, and they have great personalities, some are real clowns. I have to say that I'm very anti racing for many welfare reasons, including the "culling" of some of the poor dogs that don't make the grade, which is disgusting and heartbreaking. 😠 However, they are bred for speed, health and temperament, so aren't prone to the health conditions that are so common in many breeds, so the ones lucky enough to end up in loving homes after racing generally lead long, healthy lives.

I abhor the practice of breeding fashionable dogs to basically suffer disabilities and ongoing health problems, like French bulldogs, because people think they look cute. I can't think of anything less cute than a poor deformed dog struggling to breathe all the time, it's incredibly cruel and must be very distressing to witness. At least I know my dogs have come from healthy stock, have been well socialised and will hopefully have a good quality of life. They're rarely difficult/neurotic, though a few are real "spooks" who need careful handling and training. I'm also very happy to be able to give a home to a dog that's been discarded once it's racing life is over, which is so wrong. I'll be very glad when greyhound racing dies out, as some of the dogs get a very raw deal, but must admit I hope the breed doesn't die out, because they're the most beautiful souls. I can't imagine having another breed now.
 
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I abhor the practice of breeding fashionable dogs to basically suffer disabilities and ongoing health problems, like French bulldogs, because people think they look cute. I can't think of anything less cute than a poor deformed dog struggling to breathe all the time, it's incredibly cruel and must be very distressing to witness..
It's beyond belief, isn't it, that people choose a dog that cannot even cope with normal day to day life. Not all dogs need to be world beaters but they should all be fit for function, walking and breathing would be a fairly basic need you would think.
 

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My breed of choice is greyhounds, which are such gorgeous sweet, gentle, undemanding dogs, and they have great personalities, some are real clowns. I have to say that I'm very anti racing for many welfare reasons, including the "culling" of some of the poor dogs that don't make the grade, which is disgusting and heartbreaking. 😠 However, they are bred for speed, health and temperament, so aren't prone to the health conditions that are so common in many breeds, so the ones lucky enough to end up in loving homes after racing generally lead long, healthy lives.

I abhor the practice of breeding fashionable dogs to basically suffer disabilities and ongoing health problems, like French bulldogs, because people think they look cute. I can't think of anything less cute than a poor deformed dog struggling to breathe all the time, it's incredibly cruel and must be very distressing to witness. At least I know my dogs have come from healthy stock, have been well socialised and will hopefully have a good quality of life. They're rarely difficult/neurotic, though a few are real "spooks" who need careful handling and training. I'm also very happy to be able to give a home to a dog that's been discarded once it's racing life is over, which is so wrong. I'll be very glad when greyhound racing dies out, as some of the dogs get a very raw deal, but must admit I hope the breed doesn't die out, because they're the most beautiful souls. I can't imagine having another breed now.
It is the teeth that are the problem with greyhounds. They do not race on their teeth and can survive on mush. My boy only has a few teeth left in his head.
 

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It is the teeth that are the problem with greyhounds. They do not race on their teeth and can survive on mush. My boy only has a few teeth left in his head.
True, that is their weak point, their teeth need regular cleaning. One of my boys had had most of his teeth removed by the time he was old. I've started giving my dog ostrich bones to help keep his teeth clean. I was giving him antlers, but read that they can cause fractures to their teeth.😬 Finding things to clean their teeth is a minefield! Fortunately his teeth are pretty good for a greyhound.
 

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True, that is their weak point, their teeth need regular cleaning. One of my boys had had most of his teeth removed by the time he was old. I've started giving my dog ostrich bones to help keep his teeth clean. I was giving him antlers, but read that they can cause fractures to their teeth.😬 Finding things to clean their teeth is a minefield! Fortunately his teeth are pretty good for a greyhound.
Our dog gets a carrot to act as a dental chew. Bit softer than antlers but still helps rub the plaque off! We also freeze them in summer. Although actually our carrots live in the garage so in winter can sometimes still be frozen 😂
 

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Our dog gets a carrot to act as a dental chew. Bit softer than antlers but still helps rub the plaque off! We also freeze them in summer. Although actually our carrots live in the garage so in winter can sometimes still be frozen 😂
Haxha! I give him carrots too. I haven't given them to him frozen, but he's so greedy that he'd probably try to swallow them whole in frustration! Do you give them whole? I chop them into long chunks but don't know if this negates their cleaning benefits.
 

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Haxha! I give him carrots too. I haven't given them to him frozen, but he's so greedy that he'd probably try to swallow them whole in frustration! Do you give them whole? I chop them into long chunks but don't know if this negates their cleaning benefits.
Whole but I keep an eye on her. She absolutely loves them so don’t know how much good they do as they don’t seem to last long 😂. God forbid the pony drops a bit out of her mouth when she gets one, Mabel sucks it up before pony even knows what’s happened.
 

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Whole but I keep an eye on her. She absolutely loves them so don’t know how much good they do as they don’t seem to last long 😂. God forbid the pony drops a bit out of her mouth when she gets one, Mabel sucks it up before pony even knows what’s happened.
I'd love to see that, I think mine would do the same! 😁 I'll try giving them whole as that's probably better for cleaning their teeth.
 

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True, that is their weak point, their teeth need regular cleaning. One of my boys had had most of his teeth removed by the time he was old. I've started giving my dog ostrich bones to help keep his teeth clean. I was giving him antlers, but read that they can cause fractures to their teeth.😬 Finding things to clean their teeth is a minefield! Fortunately his teeth are pretty good for a greyhound.

Have you tried Plaque Off also
'Skippers' air dried fish skin twirls, flatties etc. chews.
 
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One of the local dog owners who lost their dog a few months ago, was bought a puppy by their son at Christmas! They didnt want another dog as they decided they would like to travel more (I know its not happening at the mo) puppy was riddled with worms when they got it, not vaccinated. It will have a good home luckily.
 

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many years ago i met one of these, it was like a miniature whippet and was gorgeous. it doesnt seem to be a popular cross and i have never seen one advertised. mind you the prey drive of both and the speed of a whippet could be lethal...
 

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The people 4 doors down from me have managed to conceal their lock down puppy from me for 6 weeks!! It is a JR x Whippet. A friend of theirs 10 miles away bred it. I am hoping they get sick of it - I want it... 😁
Sounds rather lovely but i expect will be very full on :)
 

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The people 4 doors down from me have managed to conceal their lock down puppy from me for 6 weeks!! It is a JR x Whippet. A friend of theirs 10 miles away bred it. I am hoping they get sick of it - I want it... 😁
We had one of these come in the vets for 1st vaccs the other day - adorable, favouring the whippet rather than the JRT I'd say. I wonder if this is a cross that's becoming popular?
 

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Nev did get lots of training, he did obedience and agility before the kids got too old to force to take “their” dogs to classes. (He actually decided he was “my” dog from day 1). He’s clipped at home by me, scruffy as you please, hardly ever brushed, I just keep him short. Pic just because 😊
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Please can you tell me if you know what type of cross he is? He is very very like my brothers dog who was a abused puppy he rescued from vile people. Thankyou ps you dog is lovely
 
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