Another of the Kennel Club's little gems in this rebuttal of the RSPCA's criticisms is........ “too many people are buying dogs without undertaking research and demanding certain breeding standards are met.”
This is called blaming the victim, and the Kennel Club should be ashamed of themselves.
When you buy your first dog how do you know that you need to check for problems that no one in the dog breeding world will tell you about?
How do you know that the breeder is not being honest when they say you must just be unlucky to have a sick puppy, because none of their dogs are affected.
How do you know when you go onto the KC website and there is no indication of any health issues on the breed pages that health insurance is essential for that breed you have chosen.
How do you know when the breed website says that there is "no recognised health problems" that is breeder blindness and denial, not the truth about the health compromised breed of dog you are thinking of buying?
"demanding certain breeding standards are met"
That statement by the Kennel Club is somewhat puzzling? Surely they cannot be referring to the ABS breeding standards?
How can anyone know if those breeding standards are met?
There is an 85% backlog of Assured Breeders yet to be inspected, and 56% of breeds have no required tests under the Scheme, which still makes it a puppy farmers' delight.
Annual membership entitles Assured Breeders to use the online 'Find a Puppy Service' free of charge for as many litters as they like, which explains why breeds like pugs have so many ABS breeders.
When the KC can guarantee that every member of the ABS has, at the very least, ensured that their breeding dogs have passed a vet check before they are mated, then the Scheme and its breeding standards may be worth promoting.
Cavaliers......Faith, The Ginger Tank and Woody.
Japanese Chins.... Dandy, Benny, Bridgette and Hana.
Remembered with love......... Tommy Tuppence and Fonzi