I have written previously about why it is important to only purchase puppies out of breeding parents that are a minimum of 2 years old. Many health problems don't rear their ugly head until this age, and further you cannot know the dog's temperament until it has reached maturity.
I was browsing the internet the other day, and found these shocking online classified ads advertising a stud dog for hire in the UK, Immer Moed Zion, owned and advertised by Zion Boerboels. The puppy in question was only 10 months old when it was bred for the first time. He turned 1 year old on January 31, 2011, and his first litter is due on February 11, 2011. For those not inclined to do the math, the sire of this litter will be exactly 1 year and 10 days old when he becomes a father for the first time.
Since the ads may be taken down soon because of public outcry, I am taking the liberty of posting them here. This is not a libelous action on my part, because I am only publishing what the breeder has already written, cut and pasted from the breeder's website and the Boerboel Club, Active Boerboel Club, that supports the breeder. Needless to say, I would not recommend purchasing a Boerboel puppy from Zion Boerboels owned and operated by Karen Beattie and Adam McKendry. Breeding from an underage dog tells us volumes about the breeder's motives -- cash, cash and more cash. It is sad to see our pets used and abused in this manner:
This ad was posted on http://www.breedersonline.co.uk/, under Boerboel Stud Dogs (sic):
First litter from Immer Moed Zion, underage stud puppy, due February 11, 2011 as advertised on www.dogsandpuppies.co.uk. This exact same ad was also found on www.clickpets.co.uk/pets-dogs-otherbreedsofdogs.
This screenshot is from the breeder's website, Zion Boerboels, advertising "planned" litters. Note that the breeding bitch referenced, Zion Eva, is only about 7 months old at the time this was posted on the breeder's website and won't be 2 years old until 2012. Jumping the gun a bit, wouldn't you say?