They call it puppy love

York Press: Shadow with one of her pups Shadow with one of her pups

The North Yorkshire owner of an ultra rare breed of dog travelled more than 3,000 miles before she ended up with these cute puppies.

Rosemary Kind, of Tholthorpe, near Easingwold, drove one of her Entlebucher Mountain Dogs, Shadow, to a blind date in Fluhili, Switzerland, close to where the breed originated as a herding dog in the early 1900s.

Shadow needed to be mated on the ninth or tenth day after coming into season and Rosemary had already been on one fruitless trip to Switzerland with another animal, Megan.

Rosemary said Megan’s stud-dog suitor had done nothing but stare at her. “It was his first time. Perhaps he just didn’t know what to do,” she said.

Love ran much more smoothly with Shadow and, after returning home, a scan revealed she was pregnant.

“It was one of the most emotional times of my life,” says Rosemary, who chairs the Entlebucher Club of Great Britain. “We not only saw little blobs that would become puppies, we saw developing puppies – one curled up asleep like a human baby, one wriggling and twisting – kicking his tiny paws.”

The single litter of five puppies – Beethoven, Bumble, Bossanova, Britannia and Boadicea – have single-handedly increased the breed’s UK population by nearly 18 per cent... to 34.

The animals had to be taken to Switzerland because Entlebuchers are so rare that there is a very small gene pool in the UK, and until health screening is approved for the handful of males, they are not allowed to become romantically attached with the females.

• Dog lovers around the world have a unique opportunity to follow the puppies’progress via PuppycamLive!, a live feed of pictures on the York-based internet TV channel www.dogsclub.tv.

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2:06pm Mon 26 Nov 12

alfie says...

Oh dear isn't there enough homeless dogs longing for a home in the RSPCA, Dogs Trust already without specifically breeding more with a cash incentive. I realise they are a rare breed but it just f's me off.
Oh dear isn't there enough homeless dogs longing for a home in the RSPCA, Dogs Trust already without specifically breeding more with a cash incentive. I realise they are a rare breed but it just f's me off. alfie
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2:58pm Mon 26 Nov 12

rose_of_york says...

This is clearly a responsible breeder who is doing her best to breed healthy puppies. The problem is with puppy-farmers and others who breed solely for profit and without considering the consequences of their litters, or where they will go to.

Agree that there are many homeless dogs looking to be adopted, however a a second-hand dog which may have problems might not be for everyone, although I hope that people will consider adopting if they can. The important thing is that the dog has a home for life and if you love a particular breed you will not be happy with any other.

However that does not mean that it is OK to be rude alfie, people can still make choices and there's enough people trying to get dog-lovers a bad name without attacking each other.
This is clearly a responsible breeder who is doing her best to breed healthy puppies. The problem is with puppy-farmers and others who breed solely for profit and without considering the consequences of their litters, or where they will go to. Agree that there are many homeless dogs looking to be adopted, however a a second-hand dog which may have problems might not be for everyone, although I hope that people will consider adopting if they can. The important thing is that the dog has a home for life and if you love a particular breed you will not be happy with any other. However that does not mean that it is OK to be rude alfie, people can still make choices and there's enough people trying to get dog-lovers a bad name without attacking each other. rose_of_york
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4:27pm Mon 26 Nov 12

LoveMyPuppy says...

alfie wrote:
Oh dear isn't there enough homeless dogs longing for a home in the RSPCA, Dogs Trust already without specifically breeding more with a cash incentive. I realise they are a rare breed but it just f's me off.
No one said she was breeding for cash. She traveled all the way to Switzerland to increase the chance of having healthy puppies so that a dying breed doesn't become completely extinct.
Not all people who breed dogs are doing it for the money, a neighbor of mine has 5 Bulldogs all from the same family and she has bred them with other Bulldogs, yes it is good money but it is also a way of keeping the breed alive and providing healthy dogs for loving owners who are prepared to have them. Another reason people breed is to out breed the defects that certain dogs have. Bulldogs and pugs for example, have breathing difficulties, if you breed the healthiest dogs together then there is less chance of passing that on to further generations. Also, the reason it is such good money is because the breeders want to ensure their puppies are going to loving forever homes and if someone is prepared to pay a large amount for a dog I hardly doubt they will treat it badly.

On a separate note, I think the puppies are adorable and would love to give them a massive snuggle!
[quote][p][bold]alfie[/bold] wrote: Oh dear isn't there enough homeless dogs longing for a home in the RSPCA, Dogs Trust already without specifically breeding more with a cash incentive. I realise they are a rare breed but it just f's me off.[/p][/quote]No one said she was breeding for cash. She traveled all the way to Switzerland to increase the chance of having healthy puppies so that a dying breed doesn't become completely extinct. Not all people who breed dogs are doing it for the money, a neighbor of mine has 5 Bulldogs all from the same family and she has bred them with other Bulldogs, yes it is good money but it is also a way of keeping the breed alive and providing healthy dogs for loving owners who are prepared to have them. Another reason people breed is to out breed the defects that certain dogs have. Bulldogs and pugs for example, have breathing difficulties, if you breed the healthiest dogs together then there is less chance of passing that on to further generations. Also, the reason it is such good money is because the breeders want to ensure their puppies are going to loving forever homes and if someone is prepared to pay a large amount for a dog I hardly doubt they will treat it badly. On a separate note, I think the puppies are adorable and would love to give them a massive snuggle! LoveMyPuppy
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9:52am Tue 27 Nov 12

CoCo15 says...

alfie wrote:
Oh dear isn't there enough homeless dogs longing for a home in the RSPCA, Dogs Trust already without specifically breeding more with a cash incentive. I realise they are a rare breed but it just f's me off.
Dogs aren't abandoned simply because someone decided to breed them they are mostly abandoned because of irresponsible people who have no idea of what having a dog actually entails and who can’t be bothered to put in the hard graft that’s required & who just want a puppy because it looks cute/fierce or it fits in their handbag!

I think you misunderstand the concept of dog breeding and all the hard work & financial cost that goes into it. Most breeders don't actually generate much of a profit once they've deducted the cost of feeding, vet bills, injections, micro chipping, heating & laundry bills, registering the pup with the kennel club etc as for Rosemary she is not breeding these wonderful dogs just to make a quick bit of cash and like most responsible dog breeders she ensures each of her pups go to loving families & good homes who have the dogs best interests at heart so the likelihood of these dogs or most pure bred dogs ending up being abandoned is highly unlikely!

If you want to be f***ed off at someone aim it in the direction of those irresponsible owners & breeders! They need to realise A DOG IS FOR LIFE NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS!!!
[quote][p][bold]alfie[/bold] wrote: Oh dear isn't there enough homeless dogs longing for a home in the RSPCA, Dogs Trust already without specifically breeding more with a cash incentive. I realise they are a rare breed but it just f's me off.[/p][/quote]Dogs aren't abandoned simply because someone decided to breed them they are mostly abandoned because of irresponsible people who have no idea of what having a dog actually entails and who can’t be bothered to put in the hard graft that’s required & who just want a puppy because it looks cute/fierce or it fits in their handbag! I think you misunderstand the concept of dog breeding and all the hard work & financial cost that goes into it. Most breeders don't actually generate much of a profit once they've deducted the cost of feeding, vet bills, injections, micro chipping, heating & laundry bills, registering the pup with the kennel club etc as for Rosemary she is not breeding these wonderful dogs just to make a quick bit of cash and like most responsible dog breeders she ensures each of her pups go to loving families & good homes who have the dogs best interests at heart so the likelihood of these dogs or most pure bred dogs ending up being abandoned is highly unlikely! If you want to be f***ed off at someone aim it in the direction of those irresponsible owners & breeders! They need to realise A DOG IS FOR LIFE NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS!!! CoCo15
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