This last week saw an incident come up that I would like to share with you and that is how a litter of “Springador” or “Spanador” puppies was treated in a local pet store.
The treatment being the label “Spanador”, when its openly obvious that this was not the breed of these puppies.
The fact is that most people in the community are genuinely honest and nice people. Sadly these people are then preyed upon by others, for most people, going into a pet store and seeing a particular breed advertised would suggest that is genuinely the breed advertised and that you are getting what you are paying good money for, in this case in excess of $1200 per puppy.
Several weeks ago, I would not have believed that it was legal for a pet store to take a breed of puppy and advertise it as another breed and for that to be legal. I am still not convinced that it is, yet it would appear that the practice is entrenched and has been going on for a long time.
Suppose you were in the market for a Labrador Retriever, so you went into a pet shop where a group of Labrador Retrievers were advertised, paid the $1200 for a puppy and then as the puppy began to age, you begin to have questions about why the puppy does not look like a Labrador Retriever, nor does it seem to have the temperament of the Labrador Retriever. Questions raised, you take your pup to the vet and a DNA test is done, six weeks later the test results come back to let you know that what they found was a cross breed of Weimaraner, Australian Kelpie and Flat Coated Retriever. Would your expectation not be that you should have in fact been given the breed that was advertised and that you have a right to have been given the correct information at the time of sale of the breed that you were in fact receiving that you might make your choice accordingly?
Sadly it appears that once the name Springador, Spanador, Labradoodle, Spoodle or any other cross breed dog appears in a pet shop window, there are no real guarantees that you are going to be getting what you have paid for.
If you live in Australia and have purchased any of the above breeds in a liver colour with a wavy coat, long hair or curls, you will likely soon find out that you have in fact purchased a Murray River Retriever. Murrays are a lovely breed of dog, loved by many down under, they are a duck retrieving dog that is becoming a companion dog as their traditional role changes. Yet they are not “Springadors”, nor are they “Labradoodles” and they should not be labelled and sold as such.
So what then should you do if you believe you have not got the breed that you paid for?
Well the good news is that these days there is plenty that can be done about it, firstly DNA testing is highly advanced and your test goes back to your dogs great grand parents and beyond and will tell you exactly what your dog is and the nature of the breeding profile. The Murray River Retriever Association and other dog breed associations are using a company called “Orivet” to test for DNA, simply contact them and have a kit sent out or take your dog to the vet and have it blood or swab tested. Once you have your results, you have the option to then take the results to the consumer affairs authority in your state for further investigation, If you are in Australia, Consumer Group CHOICE magazine should also be contacted and have all your information on the date of purchase, whelping date and so on.
Perhaps it may be that in the past, misrepresentation of puppies has occurred, but you can also help us put a stop to it. Naturally you could also go to a breeder next time around as opposed to a pet shop, yet in this instance I am not looking to criticize anyone for where they bought their beloved puppy, but I do want to let you know that you have every right to receive what was promised to you.
Here are some links that may prove to be of some help to you,
The Murray River Retriever Association http://www.mrr.org.au/
Murray’s on facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/Murrayriverretriever/
Murray’s on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray_River_Curly_Coated_Retriever
Orivet DNA Testing https://www.orivet.com/
Consumer Group CHOICE https://www.choice.com.au/