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We are new to Zurich and are looking to buy a small dog such as a Havenese or Malshi. Please could you let me know if you know of any reputable breeders either in Switzerland, Germany, italy or France.
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Re: Small Dogs

Are you a first time dog owner in Switzerland, that is, not had a dog registered in your own name in ANIS?

If so, have you done the SKN theory course?


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Just realized that you asked this same question earlier, so I'll spare the community my usual long SKN and where-to-find-a-reputable-breeder post and instead link the earlier thread:

Puppies

You were given the information on that thread that you will need to start the process - did you follow though with the SKN Theory regulations?

Assuming you have the SKN theory class sorted, a few links that might get you started:

You should first contact the Zuchtwart of the breed club governing the breeds you are considering. So making a decision on breed will help your research. I will repeat what I said on the earlier thread, though - please research breeds characteristics to find a good match with what you and your family can offer. 'Small dog' covers a very wide range of breeds, some of which might not fit at all with your lifestyle.

The SKG, the Swiss Kennel Club is here, with links to the various breed clubs. Breeders are regulated at the club level, with the SKG as a national oversight:
http://www.skg.ch/cms/home.html

You probably want to look into the Zwerghund club, the group within the SKG governing several of the small breeds.
http://www.zwerghundeclub.ch

In Germany the VDH is your starting point:
http://www.vdh.de/home/

And other national kennel clubs can be found under the FCI umbrella:
http://www.fci.be/en/

These are the national kennel clubs if you are after a pedigree puppy from a reputable breeder. Although due diligence into the breeder's ethics and program is still required. There is inconsistency between countries, and even between clubs within a country, in how FCI breeding is regulated.

If you are interested in a rescue dog, do take a look at the Swiss database of homeless animals. Contrary to common perception puppies come into rescue with some regularity, even small dogs:

http://www.tierdatenbank.ch/cms/tier...unschtier.html

I took a quick peek and saw several adorable small dogs in need of homes....

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Re: Small Dogs

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Just a comment, as the damage done to our dogs through poor breeding, lately led by the cutsey name designer craze, is something I feel very strongly about...

If by a 'malshi' you mean a cross between a Maltese and a Shitzu, please be aware that this is not a regulated breed. Which means that there is no breed standard, no code of ethics among those choosing to create puppies of this mix, no health regulation in choosing the sire and dam, no governing body over any aspect of breeding.

When one chooses a puppy from someone deliberately producing mixed breeds, you must do additional due diligence, as many of these 'designer dogs' with cute names are in reality produced in battery farms in horrific conditions, often the puppies are ill or genetically compromised. Eyes wide open.

I am not a breed snob, far from it as I spend my life with rescue dogs. But through my rescue work I have seen the fall out of this irresponsible designer dog craze, and it breaks my heart.

Hope you find a happy healthy pup, either from a reputable breeder or reputable rescue.
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Re: Small Dogs

Thinking of this thread again, after I had yet another frustrating conversation out on our walk today where someone was adamant that small or young dogs cannot be found in rescue.

(This lady stopped to compliment me on my collie and sheltie - and was shocked to hear that both were rescues.)

So for the OP (and anyone else, of course), as you have indicated you are considering a small young 'fluffy' mixed-breed dog, perhaps take a gander at:

Mixes from the breeds you mention:
Snejka, ID 41839 a 2-3 year old female Maltese mix
Lisa, 42057, a 6-12 month old Havaneser-Pudel mix female

Or a couple of small pure breeds:
Struppi, 42056, a 2-3 year old Coton de Tulear
Chico, 42010, a 6-12 month male Pappillon

And the following 'small white fluffy' mix unknown, puppies from the same litter, all under 6 months old:
Jowi, ID 42071, male
Job, 41988 male
Joy, 41987, female
Jozua 41986 male

Two not-white but fluffy puppies from the same litter:
Bree, 42058, a 4 month old female
Benjamin 42059, 4 month old male -

And Natasha, 41946, female white fluffy mix, 1-2 years old

Among the small dogs there are also a couple of young french bulldogs, chi and JR types. And several older dogs, just as much fun as puppies but a heck of a lot less work.

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So many gorgeous dogs of all sizes, ages, breeds and mixes can be found on the Tierdatenbank. Always worth a look - your 'future best friend' just might be there waiting for you.

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