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  • Hi Jo,

    I assume you mean a mentor for Breeding? 

    Devon's are such special little cats, you will definitely need a Breeder very experienced with Devon's.

     Starting with a show neuter is a great way to start. Make sure you attend as many cat shows as possible and get to know the local Breeder's. It is important to attend Cat shows anyway so you can learn about correct type in Devon's.

    There are a couple of Associations you can register with in Victoria if you have not already done so, the links are here in THIS topic.  

    Do you currently have any Devon's?

  • no cats at the moment, I am registered with cats Victoria. I basically wanting to volunteer 1 day a week to a breeder to help with the day to day care of a cat, help get cats ready for shows and attend shows with them. Also get to know the ins and outs of breeding and any other experience I can get
  • Great idea Jo and a good way to learn all about Devon's and Breeding. Smile.gif

    I will share this topic on our social media sites for you. 

    Jo said:

    no cats at the moment, I am registered with cats Victoria. I basically wanting to volunteer 1 day a week to a breeder to help with the day to day care of a cat, help get cats ready for shows and attend shows with them. Also get to know the ins and outs of breeding and any other experience I can get
  • ok thanks heaps :)
  • why is it so hard to find help from breeder's? I have been trying for like a year now with no luck what so ever. I thought breeder's were all about improving the breed which would mean helping others out, but it seems people just want less competition to line there on pockets. Cat show people seem to be by far the worst and extremely snobby thinking that they are way above every one else and it totally turns me off ever going to shows
  • I absolutely understand that Jo.

    Cat Breeding can be so down-heartening, not just when things go wrong but there is a lot of gossip and talking behind backs that goes on. I guess you get that in all aspects of life that involve competition, but I know myself how ruthless it can be.

    I really hope you can find someone to guide you, although many Devon Breeder's just seem to shy away from anyone wanting to start out, especially in this region of the world. Hence more and more unregistered Breeders who do not know what they are doing.

    Speak your mind and be noticed. If it's what you really want keep at it.. Smile.gif



    Jo said:

    why is it so hard to find help from breeder's? I have been trying for like a year now with no luck what so ever. I thought breeder's were all about improving the breed which would mean helping others out, but it seems people just want less competition to line there on pockets. Cat show people seem to be by far the worst and extremely snobby thinking that they are way above every one else and it totally turns me off ever going to shows
  • yeah it really is what I want and I am willing to do what it takes to get there if only someone would give me a chance to prove myself. I always hear the excuse of breeder's getting burned by people doing wrong by them by isn't that why you would have a contract in place to stop that from occurring? Take the cats/kittens back if they are being mistreated or misused and name and shame those that do wrong so they can't do it again for the sake of the breed
  • another question how do unregistered breeder's even get their hands on an entire in the first place since registered breeder's can only sell to other registered breeder's?Shouldn't those breeder's be forced to stop breeding and there breeding stock be taken off them for not following the rules and regulations? I don't get how it is possible to get burned when there are rules that have to be abided by
  • I agree with what you say Jo, but despite being registered some breeders are unethical & once "in" they always have cats for breeding even if they are found to be doing the wrong thing & become de-registered.  I think as Nicole says, the best thing to do is buy a show neuter & show him/her & that way become friends with other breeders as well as the breeder that sells you your kitten.  I used to show many years ago & still have many friends, even though I don't see them now, who are breeders.  You have to prove yourself & show that you are dedicated & I'm sure you will find some-one to help.  It may not even be a devon breeder but some-one who breeds that lives close to you.

  • yeah I tried a breeder that lives close by and was told that they are a small breeder and don't have more than they can handle themselves. So it was pretty disappointing, since I was asking to come visit them, help out and go to shows with them
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