Myths and Truths

The Secrets Inside the Kennel Myth - Many self-appointed experts will advise buyers to avoid purchasing a puppy from a kennel or dog breeding facility if the owner refuses entry into the kennel, does not allow you to see where the puppies eat and sleep and/or will not allow you to see, touch or interact with the adult dogs, implying that the seller is trying to hide substandard kennel conditions and/or unhealthy adult dogs.

The Truth About Visitor Restrictions in a Kennel

biosecurity warningKennel facilities are bio-secure areas which require daily cleaning and disinfection. However, this does NOT make the puppies housed in the nursery immune to disease or illness.

  1. Young puppies (1 day to 5 weeks old) are not vaccinated and rely solely on their mother's milk for immunity, making them vlunerable to diseases that can be spread unknowingly by humans and other animals.
  2. Even if the dam and sire are not the parents of the unvaccinated puppies, they are often housed in the same facility and could introduce disease or illness to susceptible puppies.
  3. Restricting visitors to a kennel is often done to protect the animals and ensure the health and well-being of young puppies and adult dogs.

chinese crestedThe Chinese Crested Photo Myth - Animal Activists attempt to divert the public by exploiting others as being cruel and inhumane. With the spotlight on Pennsylvania kennels, activists and competitive rescues have devised stories to amplify their point. One such common tale is presenting a before picture of a Chinese Crested dog (a hairless breed) and the after picture of a poodle or Bichon Frise three months later.

The Truth About the Chinese Crested Breed

Chinese Crested
  1. The Chinese Crested breed is a hairless dog orginating in China and England. The breed has never been completely hairless. The same parents can have both hairless and full-coated "Powder Puffs" in the same litter.
  2. A Powder Puff puppy's hair consists of a soft hypo-allergenic coat with an undercoat of long fine hair.
  3. The hairless puppy only has hair on the crest of the head, its tail and tufts on its paws.

The Debarking Myth - Animal Activists and anti-dog breeding groups have exploited the myth that kennel owners debark their own dogs without anesthesia by using a pipe and hammer to permanently destroy a dog's voice box.

The Truth About Debarking

  1. There are no documented cases of a kennel owner ever having used the pipe and hammer debarking method.
  2. It is believed that such actions would be too painful for endurance and would likely result in the death of the dog.
  3. PA KAP recommends that the debarking of dogs should be kept minimal, if at all, and only under the care of a licensed veterinarian using acceptable standards of care.

The C-Section Myth - Kennel owners are accused of using dull scissors and twine to perform inhumane cesarean deliveries that result in excessive scarring in order to avoid the expense of a cesarean delivery by a veterinary.

The Truth About Cesarean Deliveries

  1. Reputable dog breeders are concerned with the high cost of veterinary c-section deliveries, which can range from several hundred dollars for a routine procedure by the local veterinarian to a few thousand dollars at emergency care clinics.
  2. In spite of the cost, reputable dog breeders do engage veterinary services to perform c-section deliveries for the health and well-being of their dogs.
  3. Veterinary sutures are stitched using strands of sanitary cord as per current veterinary guidelines.

The Stacked Cage Myth - Dogs in kennels are housed in stacked cages that allow bodily waste to drop into the lower cages, forcing the dogs in the lower level to wallow in excreta and urine.

The Truth About Stacked Cage Systems

  1. Many traditional style kennels are designed to house more than one deck of dogs.
  2. Stacked kennels are designed with dropping pans (pictured at right) that collect the debris from each cage.
  3. Pennsylvania state law requires kennel owners to clean an enclosure which houses dogs on a daily basis.
  4. PA KAP condemns the actions of illegal, unlicensed kennels that house dogs in substandard conditions.