Posts about puppy litters on the forum: Please read before posting Posting pictures and stories about a bitch and her litter of puppies is a natural part of any dog community. Like most pet forums we don't allow people to advertise puppies for sale, but we do currently allow forum members to post pictures of puppies that they have bred. This can create a dilemma for the forum management who care deeply about the welfare of our breed, because the interests of the two principles (posting pictures of puppies V no advertising) are in conflict with one another. This is a topic the moderation and admin team have been discussing for a while now. When a long standing member of a forum breeds from their dog, we are all keen to see how he or she gets on, to follow the story of the pregnancy and to watch the puppies grow and develop. It is in many ways a great privilege to do so. Our team are all agreed that we don’t wish to prevent forum members from doing this or to deprive members of the opportunity to watch the litter growing up. However, there is of course another side to the coin. Posting pictures of a beautiful litter of puppies on a busy forum filled with dog lovers, is an excellent form of advertising. Even if it is not intended as such. And we have to consider our responsibility to encourage healthy breeding practices both to protect forum members from potentially disastrous purchases of sick puppies, and to promote the long-term health of our breed. For this reason, we have decided to add this short advisory notice to the first post of any threads about puppy litters. This is what the notice will look like. We will try to add this notice to ALL puppy litter threads, as soon as they are brought to our attention.