30 March 2018
Until yesterday, Little Rascals were advertising a litter of so-called “Pedigree” Old English Bulldogs, bred by one of their ‘kennel managers’ – Catalin Banghea, who also breeds and sells Cane Corso puppies.
The same English Bulldog puppies were also advertised on Gumtree and Pets4Homes, under Catalin Banghea‘s pseudonym “Emanuel B“, where he falsely describes the litter as “KC Registered“
Mr Banghea claims these puppies have impressive pedigrees, and states that the mother of the pups is registered with NEBBR (New England Bull Breed Registry).
The NEBBR is an unofficial one-man operation which appears to have been set up to allow breeders who are not eligible for Kennel Club registration to register so-called ‘pedigrees’, and it allegedly promotes the responsible breeding of healthy dogs – but there is no requirement for breeders to have breed-specific health tests performed in order to be included on the NEBBR database, and no checks are carried out to verify breeders are genuine before allowing them to register.
When breeders like Little Rascals and Catalin Banghea make claims that puppies and breeding dogs are ‘health checked‘ and ‘vet checked‘ it has absolutely nothing to do with the expensive blood, DNA and breed-specific tests which are associated with genuine, responsible dog breeding. In most cases it is simply a quick vet-check prior to sale (or not) and, as we all know, even that is no guarantee that a Little Rascals‘ puppy is healthy [vets].
The person running NEBBR (Mr Robinson) was asked about the legitimacy of the claims made by Little Rascals and “Emmanuel B“, in particular the authenticity of the sire and dam. Mr Robinson chose not to answer the questions, but asked for registration details of the dogs and the breeder’s name. He obviously knew the registration details couldn’t be provided without first purchasing a puppy, but Mr Robinson was told that the breeder is Catalin Banghea, who is employed by puppy farmers.
Within a few hours of contact with Mr Robinson, Little Rascals had removed all reference to the British Bull Dog puppies from their website, and ads for the puppies on Gumtree and Pets4Home were cancelled, so Mr Robinson had obviously contacted Little Rascals and/or Catalin Banghea to warn them we were making enquiries – a curious thing to do if everything is above-board.
Our thanks to Anne B for bringing this to our attention.