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Where, Oh Where Do Poles Get Their Dogs?

6 Mar 2013 #1
I just returned from a walk --side note, Park Południowy + leather Adidas = bad idea-- and I saw all kinds of pooches. Golden Retrievers, Pugs, weird little European dogs, you name it. Now, I've traveled around Poland a fair bit, and not ONCE have I seen a pet store. I mean, the kind that actually sells pets. Where are these dogs coming from?
Magdalena 3 | 1,837
6 Mar 2013 #2
From people who keep dogs and have puppies. Simples.
Wroclaw Boy
6 Mar 2013 #3
We bought a dog from a private advert in Poland, i think it was a local paper advert, went around to the guys flat and he had about 30 dogs of the small variety, mainly Yorkshire Terriers and Shih Tzu's.

Thats how i would probably buy a dog in the UK as well that or maybe a kennel.
6 Mar 2013 #4
You can find a list of breeders on this website,
that's if you want to buy a pedigree dog.

If you want to rescue a dog you could visit animal shelter in Wrocław

On the Internet you can also find people and organisations that specialize in rescuing dogs of specific breeds:

You can also check pet stores and veterinary clinics, people that have puppies and kittens to give away usually place there some notices.
pip 10 | 1,659
6 Mar 2013 #5
We got our Cocker Spaniel from an amazing breeder close to Poznan. I found a stray puppy last week that we were going to keep after some debate. We posted his picture on a rescue page and somebody fell in love with him too. So we gave him a new home.

Don't even get me started on stray animals. It is probably the biggest thing I hate about Poland. There are a few places that are genuinely amazing at rescuing strays- but they are few and far between. And then there are disgusting people who throw animals on the street. Makes me ill.
beckski 12 | 1,617
7 Mar 2013 #6
Perhaps some of the dogs are rescued from animal shelters.
tygrys 3 | 290
7 Mar 2013 #7
You find dogs in classified ads in Poland. Dogs are normally not found in pet shops in Poland.
InWroclaw 89 | 1,911
7 Mar 2013 #8
There are pet shops selling various animals in shopping malls, though probably not dogs, I hope.

Anyone buying a dog should be checked out, to make sure they realise the commitment involved. Sadly, this isn't the case most of the time (the UK's RSPCA and other dog charities there do that, despite large numbers of dogs and cats needing rehoming). The Sunday market in Wrocław probably still has the animals for sale section across the road from the main pitches -- there you will find dogs and cats etc for sale from dozens of breeders and sellers. If it were me, I'd buy a dog that needs rehoming, rather than a puppy.
7 Mar 2013 #9
Just for the record, I am 100% against farming puppies, therefore I would not buy a dog which was advertised in a newspaper or for sale from a pet shop.

16 months ago we added a puppy to our family, it took us over 6 months to find the right breeder, we used as basis for our search, we spoke to many breeders and excluded the puppy mills, we visited several breeders throughout Poland and decided on one after checking the pedigree and getting third party reco's on the breeder, we also visited dogs shows and spoke to many other breeders about the breed. When you take a puppy into your home it's for 10-14 years, wrong breeder = size-able vet fees.

You can check the internet there are dog shows twice monthly throughout Poland from march to october, the main one is in Warsaw during July.
InWroclaw 89 | 1,911
7 Mar 2013 #10
Just for the record, I am 100% against farming puppies, therefore I would not buy a dog which was advertised in a newspaper or for sale from a pet shop.

I agree, unless the newspaper ad is a family whose pet has had a litter.

Also, if anyone buys a German Shepherd Dog/Alsatian, it's very important to get a hip score -- an assurance from a vet that the parents were not prone to hip problems, because if they were the puppies are sometimes likely to lose the use of their rear legs in middle-age or younger, and this also can cause them to lose control of their bowels indoors.
mjd 2 | 3
15 Mar 2013 #11
This question caught my eye because I know a tiny bit about it. My wife and I have a friend who, although without any Polish ancestry, has spent a lot of time in Poland, where she discovered, years ago, that rare Polish breed, the Cocker Spaniel Angielski. She has had at least three over the years we've known her -- when one is getting up in years, she will come back home with a puppy under her seat on the airplane.

She gets them from the same breeder, a lady serious enough about it to have printed a glossy four page brochure featuring the breed in general and her kennel in particular. I think somewhere near Warsaw. But not a volume breeder. All three have had great temperaments, and have been healthy and long-lived. They look a little strange here because their tails are not docked, as is typical for bird dogs.
Caryn - | 1
15 Mar 2013 #12
Probably farms maybe?
pip 10 | 1,659
15 Mar 2013 #13
the Cocker Spaniel

We are an owner of one of these dogs. They don't dock the tails anymore. Thankfully.
This is our kennel. The dogs are amazing.

but, our next dog will be a rescue- If I didn't work I would adopt one in a second.
24 Feb 2015 #14
Pip, if you don't like strays then don't buy or take a dog from a breeder. Cause and effect.
sobieski 106 | 2,118
24 Feb 2015 #15
Go to the animal shelter in Paluch here in Warsaw. It is very well organized and the people working there (including the volunteers) are really dedicated.
Anna & Roby
24 Jun 2015 #16
My partner last September gave her female Labrador away via a friend and was collected by a man living in £odz. Since her move to the UK she is full of regret for doing this and has become very worried that her dog could be being used for breeding! We both very much want to locate her and get her back, as the intention was simply to find Rosa a good home and not to be used for breeding. My partner says that this breeding goes on a lot in Poland and is desperate to get any information she can to get Rosa back. Any help in locating a Labrador breeder in the Lodz area will be very welcome!

In addition to the above does anybody know what 'rights' we have in getting her back, if any at all? Nothing of this mans intentions with Rosa was ever discussed apart from the belief he wanted her solely as a pet!
jon357 74 | 21,817
24 Jun 2015 #17
does anybody know what 'rights' we have in getting her back, if any at all?

Probably none at all, unless she has some document to prove the doggie is hers. Anyone who's had a pet who's died young or perhaps they had to rehome them feels both guilty and bereaved - this can last for years. The best thing you can do for your friend is to help her work through that, reassure that the dog - wherever she is now - is probably healthy, happy and loved. Dogs are very adaptable.
Dougpol1 31 | 2,640
24 Jun 2015 #18
Find a good breeder. Visit them. Meet them - see their attitude. Are they dog lovers - or a business through and through. You often can't visit the litters, but you can gauge the conditions.

Polish bred labs are usually great if you choose the right breeder. There are two kennel clubs - you choose the accredited one if you want to show, and the other if you don't. The smaller kennel club is smaller and there is some inbreeding and greater number of litters......

My lab is from the second - cousins mated 4 generations ago. but this is standard.

Hind hips extensively checked and rechecked. one A1, one A2. Cracking breeder at 800 zl for a pedigree lab pup from American heritage.,30ve

Husband and wife team. Tops. Luzino, Pomorskie.

They have a mixed rep on the net, but I visited them, conditions are A1, and this, my third lab, is the best I have had. The other two were British bred - should I say in-bred, and very expensive kennel club prize-winning pedigree, aka total waste of dosh if not showing..

PS: Dogs are the go, not ******* - less aggro. (biatches MODS - that's what female dogs are called....)

Sympathy to the other poster - but a tad naive in retrospect. It is a disgrace how some "owners" breed big dogs in flats and the like. In a just world such people should be banned from keeping dogs for 10 years.

it's very important to get a hip score -- an assurance from a vet

Mmm - the pup MOT is open to abuse apparently.....

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