#Pet truths, part 1 #malaysia #dogs ¶ Fusion Feuilletons

October 28, 2014 – 01:26 pm

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere is a cautionary tale about animals and Asia. Because of what happened to our family, I’m setting down our experiences in the hope that someone else may benefit from them.

Almost four years ago, settled in our new home, we decided to get a dog (something my mother-in-law considers essential to any family). My number one choice, the standard English Bull Terrier, was off the list because Malaysia has breed-specific legislation regarding importation of breeds. In Malaysia, it is illegal to import Akitas, American Bulldogs, Fila Brasileiros, Japanese Tosas, Neapolitan Mastiffs and any Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix (including both the English and American Staffordshire Bull Terrier). Furthermore, Rottweillers, Dobermans, German Shepherds, Bull Mastiffs, Bull Terriers and Perro de Presa Canarios are restricted and are not allowed to be sold in pet shops…although they are.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo if we couldn’t legally get our hands on a Bull Terrier, what was left? We decided on a Miniature Bull Terrier that we got from a “reputable” breeder. This means that the dog (Sausage) came with full papers and MKA (Malaysian Kennel Association) registration.

PROBLEM #1: Sausage’s papers only came a few months after we bought her, which was a surprise. In fact, in Malaysia, it is unusual for a breeder to show you a dog’s lineage upon request; we’ve been point-blank refused, being told we’d get a look at it after we bought the dog.sausage-cookie-puppies Since Sausage & Cookie, we have always walked away from such deals, but when the vast majority of local breeders take this tack, it makes for a lot of heavy-hearted decisions.

When Sausage’s papers finally arrived and I got a look at it, I was appalled. Only three generations back, Sausage had the same dog on both sides of her family. Not only that, her mother was the result of a brother-sister mating that was, in itself, the result of another probable sibling mating. The story was no different on her sire’s side.

From my reading I know that, in the Western world, reputable breeders often make very little money from their dogs. Litters are produced only when there is need and genetic diversity is prized. This is not the case in Malaysia (and, I warrant, the rest of Asia). At the vet’s office (and I’ve visited a few), I see notices for breeders with massive kennels, breeding a bewildering array of dogs, from Shih Tzu to German Shepherd. The same person who will sell you a Beagle will also be able to sell you a Chihuahua or a Doberman.

Source: blog.ksaugustin.com

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Well there are lots of Akita breeders

Where I am - but I'm in Alaska. This forum is global.
I would advice NOT looking for a breeder on CL, however. I would contact an Akita breed club and ask for Reputable Breeders near you. Or go to a dog show and talk to the handlers/owners, etc.
A badly bred Akita could be a very bad thing. MUCH worse than one who just hasn't been taught any boundaries (ie: one from a rescue).
But understand, if you want a well bred Akita puppy, it is not going to be an instant-gratification kind of thing. You are going to need to convince the breeder that you will be a responsible owner, etc

I know

I've talked it over with my mother who has assured me that it will be okay. They were breeders of Akita's for 17 years, have a large ranch home and since have lost all but one akita.
This gift is really a re-gift, I got him one for fathers day years ago and she was one of the best dogs we've ever had the joy of working with. Now the years have past and I have moved out and he no longer has his right hand dog so I was looking to get him a new one.

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