Puppy farming, bad breeding practices and canine welfare in general have been recent topics of discussion and with Crufts just around the corner the media spotlight will be falling in this direction once again.
Julie Sharrocks, owner of website MyPetYourPet which is dedicated to keeping animal owners and breeders in touch, is seizing the moment to appeal to dog lovers everywhere to come together to do their part for canine welfare in a grass-roots campaign.
Over the course of the next few months MyPetYourPet.net is asking UK dog owners to register their pets, both living and deceased, with the site so that a comprehensive picture of the health, nature and behavioural characteristics of our nation’s dogs can constructed.
The websites founder Julie Sharrocks explains:
“Whilst the Government, the Kennel Club and canine charities all have major roles to play in achieving healthy dogs so do the public in general. If, as conscientious dog owners, we come together then we can amass an unprecedented wealth of information which will un-mask bad breeders and prevent purchasers from buying puppies and dogs that are not right for their family circumstances, dogs that will eventually end up on the streets, or in rescue homes or put down. We are a nation of dog lovers so why leave it to the authorities to stamp out bad breeding and mistreatment when we can have a massive impact on canine welfare ourselves”.
MyPetYourPet.net is quick, simple and entirely free to use. When an owner registers their pets a unique search facility slots them into a canine family tree. All dogs registered with the site are automatically linked to all of their registered relatives – their parents, offspring, siblings, half-siblings and more distant relatives backwards and forwards ad infinitum along a bloodline.
As part of the registration process owners are asked to provide, amongst other information, details about the nature and temperament of their pet and about any major illnesses or health problems their pet has or has had in the past. A wealth of medical and behavioural data will be available to all interested parties and this level of transparency will, by its very nature, weed out unscrupulous breeders. Potential purchasers will be able to use the anecdotal, family experience based information to choose dogs and puppies which are right for them and will very easily be able to see which breeders produce litters with problems and which do not, the move towards breeders with impeccable track records will be consumer lead.