Do you place being family friendly above ‘cuteness’?

A survey of puppy buyers has found just that; that people want dogs which will be family friendly, low shedding and suited to their lifestyle, while ‘cuteness’ is of least importance to them.
Banksia Park Puppies is one of Australia’s largest dog breeders and has been breeding dogs for more than 50 years. Banksia Park is situated on a 220 acre property near Sale in Gippsland where the climate and local environment is ideally suited to dog breeding.

More than 1700 Banksia Park customers were surveyed over the past 18 months on their preferences when making a puppy purchase.
Highlights from the survey results included:

  • 90 per cent of people surveyed said their decision was primarily based on the puppy being family friendly, followed by low shedding and whether the dog would suit their lifestyle. ‘Cuteness’ was the lowest rated factor, and it did not feature at all in 37 per cent of responses.
  • 81 per cent of those surveyed knew exactly the type of dog they wanted prior to purchase, with only two per cent undecided;
  • 65 per cent of customers did their research online, with breeder websites the most popular information source;
  • 51 per cent of Banksia Park customers visited an animal shelter when looking for their puppy. However, they didn’t get a rescue dog due to the breed they wanted not being available or concerns about the temperament and suitability of the dogs available.

Matt Hams, the owner of Banksia Park Puppies, said the survey results highlighted the amount of thought and effort that many people put into making a puppy purchase.

‘People really care about the kind of the puppy they are getting and its background, including its health and temperament,’ Mr Hams said.

‘For families in particular, choosing the right type of puppy is essential to make sure it is suitable for their lifestyle and home environment.

‘We put a lot of care and attention into the health and socialisation of our puppies to help their transition into a family environment, for the benefit of the dog and its owners,’ Mr Hams said.

The survey also found puppy buyers placed a high priority on getting the type of dog they wanted, followed by a health guarantee. Purchasers also wanted to get their puppy from a reputable and experienced breeder, including those who were full-time breeders. For three-quarters of those surveyed, price was their lowest priority.

Mr Hams said the survey highlighted the important role of professional breeders in meeting the demand from customers for healthy, happy and well-socialised puppies that become much loved and valued members of Australian households.

 

https://www.banksiaparkpuppies.com.au/PUPPY-BUYERS-VALUE-FAMILY-FRIENDLY-QUALITIES-MORE-THAN-CUTENESS-IN-MAKING-PURCHASE-DECISION.html

 

Media Contact:

Kirstin Hams

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Banksia Park Accessories

These accessories have a pattern which is unique to Banksia Park Puppies. Why? So that if we see a dog out and about with one of these products then we will be able to stop and say hi! Also so that if you see another dog in the dog park with one of these accessories you know you can walk over and introduce yourself and see who the parents are and if you have a sibling or even a cousin.

Here are some of our gorgeous dogs in the new accessories. See here for information on purchasing.

Milo the feature puppy

Feature Banksia Park Puppy!

We love to follow our Banksia Park Puppies on Instagram and watch them grow and experience many happy memories and adventures with their families!

Their individual Instagram accounts showcase their own unique personalities and fun lifestyles which can be humorous and adorable to see! In order to get to know them even better we have recently introduced a weekly @banksiaparkpuppies Feature Insta-Pup post!
The post consists of a set of fun questions which our chosen Banksia Park Puppy answers and we include a cute photo of them as well!  This also enables our @banksiaparkpuppies followers to see what our breed types and puppies look like when they have grownup!
The following post was from our fellow groodle, Milo @thegroovygroodle who has personality-plus! He was so ecstatic when he found out he was chosen for the @banksiaparkpuppies Feature Insta-Post that he was so zealous with his answers and even anticipated celebrity status!!
  1. How old are you Milo (birthdate)?

I am two now! I was born on 16th June 2015! I am such a big boy now.

  1. What do you love most about being a puppy?

 Everything! Everyone says how cute I am and they want to pat me and play with me. I love that I am allowed to do anything, and l mean, anything! I love that i am given all the freedom in the world to just be happy. I know a few tricks but my humans realised early on that i was only going to do things on my terms, and they love my spirit and bounciness, so they don’t make me do anything unless it is in my best interest, to keep me safe. So i am a good boy always, because i appreciate this.

  1. What is your favourite toy/doggy accessory?

There’s this fur friend that my humans got me from this place they won’t let me come to with them, called Ikea. He’s a dog too, by the looks of it. I call him Grrr, but my humans call him Rolf. He doesn’t do anything at all. He’s so lazy. Even so, I play with him allllll the time.  And anything that squeaks. I LOVE things that squeak. I love squeaking them. I LOVE fetching them. I am addicted to them…my humans are so used to me squeaking away that they tune out to the noise now, and let me just play away, even when they’re watching the moving pictures on that black box on the table.

  1. What is your favourite meal/snack?

Chicken. Chicken. Chicken. And my love of the chook got worse when a chicken butcher (of all things) moved into the warehouse right next to our workplace (yes, I go to work every day with my humans too). Now, the biggest thing that irks my humans is that i never come straight inside when we get to work..it takes a good 5mins of chasing me around and calling out to me to get inside. I am just too busy scouring for leftover chicken bits over next door!

  1. Who is your fur mum/dad?

 My fur Dad is Ollie and my fur Mum is Luna. I probably kept them very busy after i was born, it’s safe to assume. I have been a handful from day one, my humans say.

  1. Who is your human family?

 My Daddy is Dee. He’s so cool. He is the strict one, but i still have him wrapped around my little paw. My Mummy is a sucker. Her name is Pep. I can do anything and she thinks it the best thing in the world. She’s possibly the reason I am a little bit of a narcissist. 

  1. What is your least favourite thing about being a puppy?

The hugs and kisses! My gosh….I get way too much affection. If you can die from love, it’s gonna happen to me. I am constantly being hugged and kissed. I always have pink marks on my head from Mummy’s lip gloss. People think i’m a girl because of this. Great. Not. I try to keep my distance when I see someone bend down for a pat, as i’m not the affectionate type, but they don’t care…They’ll just grab and hug me anyway.

  1. Who is your best friend?

My humans, for sure. I have another fur bestie, Lenny (@lillennylove)….he’s cool as. And then there’s a cute little number from the park, Mint. She’s a little bit pawfect. I’m currently waiting for Havanas digits though….she’s living with you guys at Banksia Park, and I gave her that awesome name. You’re welcome. 

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

A HUGE final Happy Mother’s Day to all our mums!

We have focused on a few different mums and thoughts this week to showcase our mums here at Banksia Park Puppies. On today, we say a big Happy Mother’s Day to all our mums here living with us at Banksia Park Puppies, as well as those that we have rehomed into homes throughout Victoria (and further in some cases!). We also say a big happy Mother’s Day to all the human mums of our Banksia Park Puppies. Thank you for keeping us involved in their lives and their personalities. We love seeing the photos and hearing the stories!

Remember

As a last note on this Mother’s Day week, we hope that wherever you got your puppy from that you know who your puppy’s mum is, and the conditions your mum grew up and lives in. We hope that everyone who looks for a puppy is mindful of where mum (and dad) lives and that we can all work together to promote open, transparent, ethical breeding. Ask questions, visit first hand, and remember – for the sake of all our furry mums – choose ethically.

Happy Mother’s Day to all our mums!

Happy Mother’s Day week to all our Banksia Park Puppies mums

Yesterday we showcased all our future mums, and today we are showcasing our adult mums! Our mums live and play in our adult area with their own adult playground. We have 3 dedicated socialisation staff in this area and the mums here love to play in the playground. They are led into the playground by our socialisation staff to learn leading, and then have exercise in groups of 4-6 which they adore!

Here are some of our mums having a great play with two of our socialisation staff!

Happy Mother’s Day to our future mums

Our future Banksia Park Puppies mums!

 

Where did the mum of your puppy grow up? What interaction did she have with our socialisation and play staff? Where did she play? When she was 10 weeks old where was she? These are all questions which we go through on a customer tour of Banksia Park Puppies, so this special Mother’s Day post is for all of our future mums!

Why did we choose her as a future mum?

Our Banksia Park Puppies mums are chosen to breed here at Banksia Park because they have the healthiest and best temperament in their mums, and she is healthy herself. We look at her mum and dad and pick the healthiest parents for her, and then she is also checked incredibly closely by our Vet to make sure she is also healthy and strong.

Where was your puppy’s mum as a puppy?

After 8 weeks when her siblings have left to go to their new families, our young future mums spend their days in our ‘Early Socialisation Pen’ – we call it our ESP. There are three of these. They have dedicated socialisation staff to make sure they are growing and learning every day, and therefore will grow into confident, happy, healthy adult dogs. Our ESPs are set in the middle of the property where they see the most people, the most machinery, the most cars, and the most kids and visitors to ensure they are top of mind and always getting a play and a pat. Here are some photos of our current puppies in our ESP.

How did your puppy’s mum receive enrichment?

When our puppies are between 8-12 weeks they start to play in our surface training area where they spend lots and lots of time playing with us, our socialisation staff, and on/with different surfaces. This helps them become confident dogs with the ability to settle into different experiences and places. This is incredibly important for our puppies as they will be rehomed at 4-5 years old and need to be able to assimilate into new environments – often into city homes from a country environment! Here are some photos of our puppies playing with our socialisation staff in our surface training area.

Where did your puppy’s mum spend her youth?

After spending time in the ESP and in the dedicated surface training areas they move to an area which is dedicated for our youth. The dogs here are usually 6-12 months old and start moving into group play in our youth playgrounds and individual lead training. They still have dedicated socialisation staff and a dedicated playground. They also have individual playgrounds in their live-in yards to make sure they are always entertained and have things to jump over, run through, and play with. Here are some photos of our future mums in the youth live-in areas and youth playgrounds! You can see the puppies are very used to coming out for exercise and play; after a good play the puppies are very happy to run back into their live-in yards for a drink and a rest 🙂

Happy Mother’s day to all our future mums here at Banksia Park!

Happy Mother’s Day to Lolly

Lolly the Banksia Park Puppies schnauzer

Lolly is one of our gorgeous schnauzers and we have absolutely adored watching her grow. She was a lovely puppy with a lovely temperament who has grown into a gorgeous loving mum! Here are some photos celebrating our lovely Lolly; she has really stolen a little place in our heart!

Here is Lolly with her latest litter of schnoodles, then her having fun in our adult playground. Some of the photos also include socialisation time we had with her when she was little with her siblings. Together their names are Lolly, Loopy, Lulu, and Lila!