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Funnie Bunnie-we’re not laughing

November 29, 2009

As a general rule, it is Rutland Manors breeding policy to breed only two litters from each female, or three if we have been unable to keep a daughter to carry on her mother’s line due to an extra long wait list. Beverley Manners 2009 (Beverley removed the link to this page two days after it was posted here)

Rutland Manor is not famous for sticking to “general rule’s” and they have violated the mandatory Code of Practice for Breeding Establishments since 1994. Owner Beverley Manners openly admits to supporting back to back breeding even though it is illegal not to mention incredibly cruel and has used the Rutland Manor dogs as breeding machines for years to ensure every last cent is taken from the unfortunate dogs.  Two litters from each female! what an insult to all the Rutland Manor dogs who have suffered through litter after litter with no rest to make Beverley a fortune. Has she forgotten poor Ellie ? 9 litters in 4  years. Or what about the poor stray Wanda, picked up from the pound and forced to whelp 55 “Authentic Australian Labradoodle” puppies?  Wanda’s daughter Rutlands Happy Wanderer is due to be bred early 2010. Will her pups be sold for thousands and marketed as “Authentic Australian Labradoodles” as well?

Rutlands Funnie Bunnie was another unfortunate dog that was treated as a breeding machine. We have managed to find 48 puppies, there may be more.

Rutlands Funnie Bunnie

1st litter to Rutlands Crackerjack 15th May 2002

Rutlands Cassidy retained for breeding Hips BVA 3+3=6

2nd Litter to Rutlands Cadet 16th November 2002

Rutlands Bunnies Daisy

Rutlands Bunnies Maddie

Rutlands Bunnies Sophie

Rutlands Flynn Bailey

Rutlands Funny Face – retained for breeding – Hips BVA R.5 L.6

Rutlands Funny Times

Rutlands Kayla

Rutlands Mackenzie

Rutlands Patron

Rutlands Ripley

3rd Litter 12th May 2003 to Rutlands Magnum

Rutlands Bliss

Rutlands Bran

Rutlands Cayden

Rutlands Ceejay

Rutlands Daeshawn

Rutlands Sheila Belle

4th Litter 26th April 2004 to Shannon

Rutlands Ashlin

Rutlands Bizou

Rutlands Delsie

Rutlands Dunley

Rutlands Funnie Fella – retained for breeding – Hips L.28 R.28

Rutlands Funnie Trix – retained for breeding – Hips L.58 R.47

Rutlands Georgene

Rutlands Kenrick

Rutlands Mikayla

5th Litter 20th October 2004 to Volmar St Pats Patrick

Rutlands Chevonne – retained for breeding – hips L.45 R.59 Mother to current breeders Rutlands Anya and Rutlands Ava

Rutlands Colleen – retained for breeding – hips L.29 R.33

Rutlands Doolin

Rutlands Fergus

Rutlands Garrett

Rutlands Jilleen

Rutlands Molly

Rutlands Quinn

Rutlands Riverdance – retained for breeding – hips L.73 R.68

Rutlands Zachy

6th Litter 12th April 2005 to Stuartlea Harvey

Rutlands Alfonso

Rutlands Bibiana

Rutlands Calanthia

Rutlands Gawain

Rutlands Gold Banjo

Rutlands Gold Barkley

Rutlands Gold Gabriella

Rutlands Golden Nina

Rutlands Hopkin

Rutlands Osbert

Rutlands Whitetail Buck

7th Litter 13th October 2005 to Rutlands Red Rufus

Rutlands Evania

Looks like Rutland Manors “breeding policy” of only 2-3 litters is written on the same paper as their pedigrees.

Save your dollars and go to a breeder that has ethics and integrity and doesn’t lie to the consumer in order to make a living.  Don’t be a contributor to the suffering of the Rutland Manor dogs.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. silva permalink
    November 29, 2009 2:57 pm

    Maybe an expert could tell me but aren’t some of those hip scores awful?

    Poor Funnie Bunnie, did she get a proper home at the end of all these litters?

  2. Lisa Ryan permalink
    November 29, 2009 11:00 pm

    History, and this and many other sites confirms numerous RM bitches who have suffered continual and illegal back to back breeding until they have outlived their useful productivity.
    A leopard never changes its spots and a puppy farmer like Beverly Manners knows no other existence than living off the backs of the dogs she professes to love through whatever cruel and unethical means available to her.

  3. heike allison permalink
    November 30, 2009 6:44 am

    Is this a NEW claim by RM or just another cover up for the countless breeding dogs that have had multiple litters???

  4. Melissa permalink
    November 30, 2009 11:22 am

    OMG more breeding machines!!! these poor dogs how many more are there?

  5. Heide .L. permalink
    November 30, 2009 12:53 pm

    This is to sad and too hard to understand how anyone could be so cruel to these dogs.
    Just awful.

  6. November 30, 2009 6:07 pm

    Are the hip scores above Pennhip scores? If so can anyone explain them?

  7. Mary permalink
    December 3, 2009 1:04 am

    Annette..In a nutshell Pennhip measures hip laxietyy and scores are expressed using a value between .00 – 1.0, which actually represents a percentage of how much the hips can be distracted from their socket while applying a pressure bar.
    .00 would be no laxity and 1.0 would be 100 % laxity (100% laxity would completed out of the socket when applying the pressure bar).
    So Rutland Riverdance’s score of .73 means that the left hip was distracted 73% from the socket and 68% from the right socket.

    Technically, the use of a pressure bar to distract the hips from their socket is to closely simulate how much the hips may distract from their seated position in their socket when the dog is bearing weight. It’s supposed to be a more predictive method of the likelyhood of a dog developing Degenerated Joint Disease. Although not all dogs with loose hips develop DJD..but all dogs that have DJD have looser hips. The looser the hip..the higher the likelihood DJD developing so basically Pennhip represents a risk factor only.
    Pennhip states that their is low risk when the distraction index is close to .30 and high risk when close to .70 or above.
    Pennhip doesn’t factor in the full picture of the hip such as the conformation of the total hip so Pennhip is just one tool breeders can use to determine if a dogs hips are breed worthy
    I am from the USA so I do Pennhip along with OFA hip certification to get a more total picture of hip health. OFA tells me more about hip conformation but is not the best method for detecting how loose the hips are.
    I personally would never just use Pennhip alone without either doing OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals)..or even better than OFA would be BVA hip scoring (British Veterinary Assoc) or AVA (Australian Veterinary Assoc). Different hip testing methods have their strengths and weaknesses and utilizing more than one method provides a more total picture.

    As of July 2009..the total number of labradoodles in the Pennhip Labradoodle Cross breed Catagory was 1,435 and the mean average Distraction Index is .52 .

    Hope this helps

  8. silva permalink
    December 3, 2009 8:22 am

    Mary, thank you so much for the explanation, its the first one I have understood :). .52 doesn’t sound really great, are other breeders working at improving this?
    One thing I noticed is that OFA has an open database and pennhip does not, does that make fraud more likely. I can see why good breeders like you Mary do both.

    • Mary permalink
      December 3, 2009 2:24 pm

      Hi Silva,
      I wouldn’t really say OFA’s database is totally open because a breeder has the option of ‘ticking’ a box on the OFA form which allows them the option of NOT including their dogs test results in the database if their dog FAILS.

      It is my understanding that eventually Pennhip will have an open database.

      I suppose fraud can happen with any paper documents that you can scan then you are correct in saying that unless someone can view results in an open database..fraud is possible. Let’s just hope most breeders are honest!

      At this point and time..there are no labradoodle breed clubs doing their own studies to determine just how much laxity is too much laxity for the labradoodle as far as Pennhip scores.
      Since body conformation factors into play..some breeds can tolerate a much looser hip
      For example..the GSD..due to it’s conformation is not extremely forgiving of looser hips before hip problem occur.

      Yes..most labradoodles seem to be in that midpoint range in regards to Pennhip results..but as to whether these truely are dogs we should be’s tough to say.

      I can share my own observations..

      My own observations with some of my own slighlty older dogs who are now 6 1/2,
      seem to indicate no hip problems with that midpoint Pennhip scoring providing they also passed OFA. My one retired boy who is 6 1/2 had Pennhip scores at age 2 of .52 and .57 and and OFA final of FAIR, he still lays with his legs fully extended behind him. I know if he had DJD he wouldn’t be able to do that.
      My other boy who was never bred..had Pennhip scores of .77 and .68, he is 8 1/2 yrs old and he does have pretty severe arthritis..Perhaps he wouldn’t be as bad as he is right now, if he wasn’t such a frisbee ball jumper fanatic all his life! Even a good set of hips may suffer some woes of many years of slamming down on the joints continually.

      I have heard of other labradoodles with average Pennhip scores who passed OFA who are fairing pretty good also in their senior years.
      I joined a Pennhip labrador retriever breed discussion group a while back..just for the sake of asking them how Pennhip scores in that midpoint range (.50) were fairing for them when their dogs got older. Most seemed to indicate no hip issues.
      I have seen dogs with better Pennhip scores fail OFA and I have seen worse Pennhip scores with passing OFA.
      I am hardpressed to use an outside stud whose breeder only does one method of hip scoring. Sad to say there are breeders who do do BOTH Pennhip and OFA and if the dog has unacceptable scores with one method but good scores with the other method..they will pick and choose which method has the best scores and only allow those scores to be disclosed.
      If BOTh OFA and Pennhip had fully open databases..they wouldn’t be able to get away with that.
      Breeders typically factor in the ‘whole’ dog when making decisions on whether to breed a fair hipped dogs. (ie, a dog has alot of other great qualities to contribute to the breed)
      A great dogs is the sum of ALL of his/her parts. When a breed gets overly focused on improving just one area and alot of good dogs get removed from the gene pool which narrows the gene can increase the chances of ‘setting’ other problems.
      It’s sometimes not an easy task determining which dogs should remain in the gene pool to benefit the breed as a whole.

  9. silva permalink
    December 4, 2009 9:49 pm

    Thanks so much, that really helps me (and others I’m sure) to understand the problems facing the breeder.Open databases do seem to be the way forward, its not just hips that can be a problem after all.

  10. December 5, 2009 11:22 am

    Thank you Mary, that’s really well explained and very helpful.

  11. Beverley permalink
    December 9, 2009 9:32 am

    Rutlands River Dance was not bred with because his hip test wasn’t good enough. Rutlands Cassidy went to Tegan Park as a puppy. If he was hip tested later and bred with I do not know.

    I’m not going through the whole list, but these two really jumped out to me.

    • StopRutlandManor permalink*
      December 9, 2009 10:30 am

      Thanks Beverley,
      Are you able to give everyone here confirmation that you will no longer breed back to back and stand by your latest claim of only having 2 litters from each dog? Or better still how about de-sexing all the dogs and retiring?

  12. silva permalink
    December 9, 2009 10:58 am

    Hi Beverley
    Where is Funnie Bunnie now?
    So it was the hip scores that jumped out at you not the 7 litters?

  13. heike allison permalink
    December 11, 2009 10:59 am

    The list, excuse me , this isn’t a list, it’s the back to back breeding of multiple litters of this poor bitch. You just don’t get it. They are not a commodity to be bred relentlessly, I just don’t get it!!

  14. July 3, 2010 6:01 pm

    what a terrible life these poor dogs have.
    Beverly what a evil person you must be.

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