Jules Hamilton has worked in the Veterinary environment since training in Animal Management and Behaviour 20 years ago. She qualified with AdvDip Integrative Counselling in 2008 and subsequently set up Pet Bereavement Care to support those in need. Jules also works with her Cavachon therapy dog Mimms and has had measurable results in working with children with a fear of dogs.
As a breeder herself, Jules has known and worked with dog breeders for many years, and has been concerned for sometime that it can be difficult to separate those who are excellent breeders from those unscrupulous puppy farmers who appear legitimate on the surface.
Fortunately there is now a greater social awareness surrounding the plight of puppies being farmed, more and more people wanting to know how to find a healthy puppy from a reputable breeder.
Sadly, puppy farms and those individuals who care nothing for the puppies that they sell or the bitches they come from, are very clever and always one-step ahead of the game.
I often hear horror stories about puppies being brought from seemingly respectable homes only to then become gravely ill or die. When the distraught new owner tries to make contact, they find that the address was rented as a ‘shop window’ only and veterinary certificates are forged.
The Hybrid Breeders Association (HBA) is a voluntary registration service for hybrid dog breeders in the UK. Our goal is to promote responsible breeding of hybrid dogs, exercising the highest standards of animal welfare and raise public awareness of the basic precautions that should be taken when buying a puppy.