株式会社 ニチイ学館 子犬の農場
Since I posted that Nichii Gakkan had bought both Sunset Hills and Cloudcatcher Labradoodles, I have continued my investigation.
There is a lot of secrecy but some extraordinary facts have come to light.
Nichii Gakkan now owns another Puppy Farm in Australia in the suburbs of Sydney which is their head quarters and 3rd Australian breeding kennels. This was previously Tuxzat (AKA Dogtrainers) who run a “buy a puppy and pay for training” scam which has angered a lot of owners. The kennels have had a much needed refit for mass production.
Nichii no longer pretend that the Labradoodle breeding is for their discredited therapy dog business. How could they, a bitch has 8 puppies, are all of them intended for therapy work? Of course not, they are for sale and the therapy tag is just for publicity and to excuse puppy farming. One or two from 10 litters might be trained as a genuine therapy dog.
250 Australian Labradoodles are already in Japan and the number is rising – not pets, but entire breeding animals. The intention was to attract Guardian homes, but of course most of these labradoodles are in their kennels, where they recently advertised for a vet.
Here I experienced culture shock. Nichii have opened a Dog Park at Lakewoods Gardens linked to their kennels. Some of this is harmless, a field to exercise your dog, a grooming parlour; but they also have dogs for you to meet of many different breeds.
Their annual statement has already admitted that they are breeding a variety of pet dogs – labradoodles and “other rare breeds”.
The produce of 250 entire labradoodles + any other of the rare breeds they mention takes a considerable effort to sell. Anyone experienced in dog sales knows that, with such huge numbers, secrecy is important to keep up the myth of scarcity and prices high and that many puppies remain unsold. They must either be destroyed or sold on to pet shops. In the case of Nichii Gakkan we do not know which course they have chosen to take, we do know that they intend to export to Singapore and China where the pet shops are looking for labradoodle puppies. Black puppies unfortunately are usually not wanted in the Japanese and Chinese market, their fate is often grim. However prettily packaged, Nichii is factory-farming dogs and every factory has a reject bin.
Nichii Gakkan has realised that the sales model of a public anxious and willing to part with their Yen for mass produced puppies has failed and they were losing large sums on the dog venture. Now there is a new strategy in place, a Puppy Market in the Lakewoods Gardens dog park. Initially this was for a few days but it has become a rolling event.
The 4 month old puppies for sale are well past the small cute-and-fluffy, easily sold stage. However bitches are still being mated to their flagship dog Ty (who has his own blog), giving them a constant supply of tiny saleable puppies in fashionable colours for $4000 AU. It is the sale of high priced little puppies that fuels a dog business. The lucky ones go to good homes; what happens to the rest of the litter that remains unsold in the first few weeks is the big dirty secret of the puppy factories.
The Japanese public should be made aware that Ty comes from Sunset Hills and the alternative Cloudcatcher lines are also ALL from the major Australian Puppy Farms, Valley View, Rutland Manor, Tegan Park, Trentons and Crawford Farm with all the problems that we know so well.
So we now have the extraordinary spectacle of this multinational company, respected in the field of elder care, dominating the breeding of Australian Labradoodles and Puppy Farming on a multinational scale.