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In last week’s column we talked about how to pick a puppy, where and when to buy a puppy and how to identify a healthy puppy based on characteristics such as clear eyes, wet nose, well formed and well aligned teeth and paws and matching breed colours. And as promised, this week’s column will be about pup registration with the Ceylon Kennel Club.

The ideal time to buy a pup is at eighth weeks, said experienced dog breeder, Sunil de Livera-Tennakoon.

“Registration papers are a must when you buy a pup”, advises Tennakoon.

The Ceylon Kennel Club issues litter registration certificates and if an application is sent at two weeks, the club promptly processes it and sends the certificate to the owner in time for selling. “This way buyers, when the buyers see the certificate, they know that the seller is authentic”, said Tennekoon.

The new owners can then apply to the Ceylon Kennel Club for a pedigree certificate. For this, they, need to have the supporting documents from the breeders. Pedigree certificates contain details of three generations. The father of the pup is referred to as ‘sire’ and the mother, ‘dam’. “Such information is important when you want to cross-breed dogs,” said Tennakoon.

The first injection for the Parvo virus has to be given by the breeder before he or she disposes of the puppies, ideally after eight weeks. “Worming has to be done at two weeks and every two weeks afterward. This is the responsibility of the breeder,” said Tennakoon.
According to Tennakoon, it’s the responsibility of the breeder to provide the buyers with a vaccination record book. The book must mention which vaccinations were given, when the pup was taken to the vet and state any illnesses. A food chart with a list of vitamins given should also be provided by the breeder.

“This will list which vitamins are given at lunch, breakfast or dinner,” explained Tennakoon.  “At six weeks puppies are introduced to solids. They are given milk, maybe once a day. But foods can be adjusted as the pup grows”.

Interesting canine facts

♦  An adult dog has 42 teeth.

♦  People have been keeping dogs for pets for 12,000 years.

♦  Dogs are all direct descendants of wolves.

♦  Wolves and dogs can mate to produce fertile offspring.

♦  Dogs have no sense of time.

♦  A dog’s sense of smell is more than 1 million times stronger than that of a human.

♦  If never spayed or neutered, a pair of dogs can produce 66,000 puppies in 6 years.

♦  A dog’s sense of hearing is more than 10 times accurate than that of a human.

♦  The average dog can run about 19 miles per hour at full speed.

♦  A dog’s nose print is one of a kind, very similar to a person’s fingerprint.

♦  A dog’s mouth exerts 150–200 pounds of pressure per square inch.

♦  Only dogs and humans have prostates.

♦  A female dog carries her puppies for about 60 days before they are born.

♦  It is a myth dogs are colour blind; they actually see colour, just not as vividly as a person.

♦  Obesity is the number-one health problem in dogs.

♦  Newborn puppies spend about 90 per cent of their first week sleeping. Puppies follow a sleep schedule similar to that of a newborn baby. The average human newborn sleeps 16 hours in a 24-hour time period. Newborn puppies need about 14 hours of sleep in the same period.

♦  A one-year-old puppy is the equivalent of a 15-year-old human.

♦  Many puppies mistake a human smile for aggressive behaviour if the person shows his
or her teeth when smiling.

♦  Dogs’ only sweat glands are between their paw pads.

♦  Dalmatian puppies are born completely white.

♦  A German Shepherd guide-dog once led her blind companion the entire 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail.

♦  Dogs can be trained to detect epileptic seizures in humans.

♦  Chocolate contains a substance known as theobromine (similar to caffeine) which can kill dogs or, at the very least, make them violently ill.