A country dog breeder has flaunted his fortune after selling dogs online for a huge profit as animal rights groups urged Aussies to adopt dogs from shelters instead.
The breeder, named Anthony, displays hundreds of dollars in $50 bills on the bed, before posing in designer clothes, encouraging others to start dog breeding businesses.
He claims that he earns enough money selling Cavoodle puppies to supplement his lifestyle of $20,000 a month, which includes luxury cars, overseas vacations and fancy dinners at expensive restaurants.
“This is your sign to start dog breeding,” the breeder writes in a post showing off his wealth to social media followers.
Owners of dog breeding businesses have been flaunting their wealth online – with animal rights groups taking issue with their practices.
A Cavoodle ‘breeder’ named Anthony has been posting a series of photos and pictures on his social media pages bragging about the money he made selling puppies.
He claims to earn enough from selling popular dogs (pictured) to fuel a $20,000-a-month lifestyle.
Anthony (pictured) claims to make enough money selling Cavoodle puppies to feed them $20,000 a month.
The ‘breeder’ has boasted about his collection of shoes and luxury cars in other videos
WHAT IS A BACKYARD DOG?
A rancher is a skilled, unlicensed breeder whose husbandry is considered poor, with little or no effort toward ethical and selective husbandry.
Unlike puppy mills and other animal mill operations, farm breeders breed on a small scale, usually at home with their pets (hence the ‘back’ description), and may be motivated by financial gain.
His profile is full of comments from people who do not agree with the public, with many sharing the phrase ‘adopt don’t shop’ while others call his behavior ‘inappropriate’.
‘Do this if you care about puppies, and you will do it safely. It’s not just an easy way to make money,’ one person responded to his prank videos.
‘You shouldn’t encourage people to do this. It’s a horrible business,’ another commented, before the man replied his job was ‘not unethical’.
‘If it’s done right, it’s not immoral. It’s normal for dogs,’ he said.
Others blamed overcrowded pounds, which are reporting record numbers of dogs and cats being rehomed after the pandemic.
‘How can you want to profit from breeding dogs when so many dogs are in need of rescue? You are the problem and you don’t like dogs,’ the woman wrote.
“And this is why there are so many dogs in the pound,” said another woman.
The man hit back at one of his critics, trying to distance himself from the ‘farmers’ and saying his dogs had a better life than him – despite boasting about his income on several posts.
‘No, there are dogs in the pound because of the breeders. When it’s done the professional way we do it, dogs go on to live better lives than I do,’ he claimed.
The business page doesn’t highlight any of its shady behavior, instead trying to present itself as a legitimate operation.
It is described as selling ‘exclusive high quality Cavoodles’, and ‘operates 24/7’.
In Sydney, Cavoodle puppies sell for up to $6,000 each.
The breed, which is a mix between Poodles and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, has become very popular because the dogs are hypoallergenic (they don’t shed fur), they are cute and have a generally friendly attitude.
The man claims he spends up to $19,000 a month on his high-flying lifestyle selling Cavoodles, posting pictures of his bank account.
Videos show Anthony flaunting his wealth, dining at fancy restaurants and buying designer goods
Animal welfare groups are concerned about increasing cases of Australians breeding expensive dogs, usually poodle crosses, and selling them via Instagram, with no way to track the dogs’ treatment and breeder practices.
They say the situation increased during the epidemic, and called for a ban on ‘back breeding’ in NSW.
Emma Hurst, MP for the Animal Rights Party in the NSW Legislative Council, told Daily Mail Australia that research from her office had found these types of pages can make more than $50,000 from a single litter.
“Animal breeding can be a very profitable business, which is a problem when there is no real law to protect the animals that are used for breeding,” Ms Hurts said.
‘Farm breeders are breeders who lack the skills or qualifications, and can risk breeding heritable defects into animals that will cause the animal to suffer for the rest of its life.
“As long as dog breeding and farming remain legal in NSW this is a system that will continue to be easily exploited, harming dogs and citizens alike.
‘There is no good system in place to ensure the welfare of dogs in breeding centres, meaning thousands of dogs are being used for profit.’
He said the ‘breeder’ who has been proud of his wealth from his Cavoodle business shows the ease with which anyone can make money from the dog business.
“Although the videos on this TikTok page do not show animals in distress, the account reveals how easy it is for anyone to start a breeding business with the aim of making a profit from animals,” Ms Hurst told Daily Mail Australia.
“The real danger arises when profit is given more weight than the protection of animals,”
“The public will never accept free-range farming or factory farming of dogs – both need to be outlawed in NSW so dogs can be protected from exploitation.”
Animal rights groups have criticized the growing trend of unlicensed and unregulated breeders appearing online, which has increased during the pandemic.
Anthony’s page says he breeds ‘exclusive high quality Cavoodles’ and runs ’24/7′
Voiceless, a non-profit animal protection organisation, said practices like ‘dog farms’ were leading to thousands of extra pets in shelters.
“We support responsible pet care that caters for all the needs of animals and we encourage no animal purchases,” a spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.
‘We are opposed to the commercial breeding of cats and dogs in “puppy farm” conditions, and the breeding of companion animals for pet shops and are concerned about the increased demand from Australians buying dogs online, largely due to the epidemic of COVID.
‘This is an unnecessary practice when hundreds of thousands of unwanted cats and dogs need homes.’
Daily Mail Australia has approached the dog breeder for his comments.
ALL BREEDING CHARACTERISTICS OF BACKBREADERS
Animal welfare groups say that farm animals can exhibit any of the following characteristics:
Ignorance of the breeding objectives and methods chosen, and lack of knowledge and breeding level of the breed of the animal being bred.
Fully considering the inbreeding rate involves little genetic testing or co-efficient of inbreeding calculations.
The production of a type of work by appearance rather than the ability to work. This is also a criticism leveled at ‘respectable’ breeders who breed for the show ring – in some cases a distinction between working and showing has emerged.
Lack of adequate veterinary care and maintenance.
Excessive breeding from individual women, to the detriment of their health.
Selling animals with genetic problems or diseases that are not disclosed before they become apparent to buyers.
Lack of investigation of potential owners or provision of appropriate information to prevent buyers from buying an animal that may not be suitable for them or their life.
Cavoodles are Australia’s most popular dogs
AND TARA COSOLETO FOR AAP
Cavoodles live all over the country, with the dogs being called Australia’s most famous dog.
Petbarn’s new Pet Pulse report looked at over 750,000 puppy breeds to find out which were the most popular.
Found cavoodles, a cross between a poodle and a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, was the best choice for Australians between 2016 and 2021.
Labradoodles and groodles also made it into the top 20, with five other poodle breeds listed in the top 100.
“All the statistics confirm it’s a real thing because it’s a view I’ve had as a vet,” Michael Yazbeck of Greencross Vets told AAP.
‘The obvious thing is that they are very good dogs. A lot of people are looking for something with that dog look and general friendly demeanor.’
With more people keeping their dogs inside during the pandemic, Dr Yazbeck said the ‘oodle’ breed has proven to be an allergy-friendly and family-friendly option.
People only started breeding oodles in the late 1980s but a Pet Pulse report found they now account for one in five puppies born in Australia.
That is not expected to change anytime soon, according to Dr. Yazbeck.
‘It’s like a hybrid architect. You have a group of dogs but such differences in color, size and shape that really attract people,’ he said.