Barbados will soon have a canine breeder’s registry.

This was announced by Animal Control Inspector, Peter Belgrade, who pointed out that this has become necessary as the Department responsible for the dog population made an effort to identify persons breeding dogs and what types were being bred.

To this end, the Animal Control Centre will on Monday, November 26, host a meeting with all commercial and ???back yard’ breeders to discuss the establishment of the registry since some persons were breeding dogs indiscriminately.

"We have noticed that some breeders are mixing breeds without adequate research and when you do that you cannot be sure what you will end up with.?? As a result, we would not be able to define the stock of dogs we currently have or will have in the future," Mr. Belgrade outlined.??

He explained that breeders also needed to take into consideration the temperament of the canines.?? "For instance, you may breed an Akita that you have attempted to socialise, but it is still aggressive.?? If you breed that dog it is likely that you will pass on that disposition to its pups. Breeders also have to bear in mind that there comes a time when they should rest the bitch," Mr. Belgrade said.????????

It is envisaged that the registry will complement the proposed Canine CODIS (Combined DNA Index System).?? It is similar to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s human CODIS – a computerised archive that stores the DNA profiles of criminal offenders and crime scene evidence; the Canine CODIS will contain the individual DNA profiles of dogs that have been seized during dog fighting investigations and from samples collected at suspected dog fighting venues. This new, state-of-the-art system will provide an essential tool for law enforcement officials to prosecute dog fighting cases.

All canine breeders are, therefore, urged to call the Centre at 425-5559 to confirm their attendance at this meeting.??


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