PLEASE BE AWARE!!!!
As Club Secretary I am still getting a lot of enquiries for people looking for puppies. Obviously the current situation is posing problems both for potential puppy owners and breeders alike. There is a directive from DEFRA and the Kennel Club about how breeders can get pups to new homes when they are old enough (8 weeks onwards). This applies equally to pups that are NOT Kennel Club registered. Please be aware because of travel and social distancing restrictions NO ONE can visit pups in their breeder’s homes, nor can new puppy owners travel to the breeder to collect a pup. Breeders can deliver a pup to the new owner (one pup on one journey - no dropping off one then carrying on to another property to deliver another). You may also find that breeders are unable at this time to get clinical litter screening done. That being the case I would expect reputable breeders to explain and offer to find somewhere for the new owner to get an individual pup screened at a later date after restrictions are lifted. Both sire and dam of the litter should have current (screened in the preceding year) unaffected eye certificates which you can view.
Sadly, the situation may mean that scammers take advantage of new puppy owners. Please be aware of the correct way to carry on in the present crisis.
You can read the full details here under the section for dog/cat breeders: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/…/advice-for-animal-rela…/…
The British Veterinary Association has now also agreed that inoculations for new pups can be carried out under strict protocol by your vet https://www.bva.co.uk/…/bva-guidance-for-veterinary-practic…
Ask yourself if a Staffordshire Bull Terrier is the right breed for you and your family. Do you understand the true nature of the breed? Staffords are not the right breed for everyone, they can be strong willed. You need to know, warts and all, what you are letting yourself in for. Speak to experienced owners before you decide.
Breed Club secretaries will know of forth coming shows where you can meet Staffords and their owners. They may know planned litters from reputable breeders. They have first-hand experience with the breed so are a good source to answer questions about the breed’s health, temperament or anything Stafford related. Breed Clubs are found nationwide so there should be one fairly local. They should be the ‘first port of call’ for anyone looking for a Stafford puppy.
Buying a pedigree Stafford should not be done ‘on the cheap’ nor should it come from a bad breeder no matter how sorry you feel for the pups. By buying there you’re condemning more pups to the same fate. If the breeders can’t sell they’ll think twice before breeding again. By going to a responsible Staffordshire Bull Terrier breeder you stand the best chance of getting a dog that will enjoy a happy and healthy life.
Beware of ads selling pups in local papers and on various dog selling sites on the internet, there are no background checks so any dodgy dealer can advertise there. Think carefully is you see any of this advertising:
Remember if something doesn’t seem right don’t be fooled to rush in and buy! Always give yourself time to think about making the right decision – a reputable breeder will not push you into having one of their pups. They will want to find out if you and their puppy will be well suited.
When you have found a litter consider these questions to ask the breeder before going to see them
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Health Information
L-2-HGA (L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria) in Staffordshire Bull Terriers affects the central nervous system, with clinical signs usually apparent between 6-12 months (although they can appear later). Symptoms include epileptic seizures, unsteady gait, tremors, muscle stiffness as a result of exercise or excitement and altered behaviour
HC (Hereditary Cataract) in Staffordshire Bull Terriers has been recognised as an inherited condition since the late 1970’s. Affected dogs develop cataracts in both eyes at an early age
PHPV (Persistent Hyperplastic Primary Vitreous) It is a congenital condition (present at birth). This means that if a puppy is born with PHPV it can be detected by ophthalmic screening from 6 weeks of age
PPSC (Posterior Polar Subcapsular Cataract) This type of cataract usually remains as a small, punctuate cataract and doesn’t usually lead to sight problems. It has been placed on schedule 3 of the BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Scheme because a number of Staffords that have been through the Scheme have been found to have this type of cataract. It cannot be detected through litter screening. The mode of inheritance is unknown and has a variable age of onset.
Eye Screening Clinics
Litters should ALWAYS be clinically eye screened prior to leaving home and it is imperative for new puppy buyers to be aware and make sure ALL DNA and clinical health tests are in place for ALL of the above conditions.
You can go to the Kennel Club’s website and check any KC registered dog’s health status although litter eye screening is not recorded there.
SBT Breed Standard
THE ANIMAL HEALTH TRUST CANINE GENETIC SERVICES
We are pleased to announce that the Animal Health Trust will resume the processing of canine DNA testing samples from Monday, 18 May 2020. For the time being only existing and outstanding orders will be processed, but we hope to be able to start selling tests again soon.
In light of the COVID 19 pandemic and ongoing efforts by the Trustees and Executive Committee to secure the long-term future of the Animal Health Trust, Canine Genetic Services will be operating with reduced staffing, and with team members working from home wherever possible. As a result of these unprecedented conditions we may not meet our usual turnaround time targets. In addition, there will not be anyone manning the telephone in the office, although voicemail messages will be retrieved, and calls returned.
If you have an outstanding order for a canine DNA test:
• If you have a swab kit for a test you have purchased, please send it to us ASAP.
• If you have sent in your swabs but not yet received a result, we aim to process these samples and report the results within the next few weeks.
Please check www.ahtdnatesting.org.uk for any future updates.
Thank you for your support, patience and understanding.
Canine Genetic Services