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Purebreds need a home

JIALIANG K-9 Kennel Shanghai Inc has long been the home of hundreds of dogs, where they are bred and trained. But K-9 Kennel President Wang Jialiang is now seeking a new home for about 200 dogs.

The kennel in Minhang's Pujiang Town is scheduled to move to its new site in October because the area will be developed into apartments.

About 5 kilometers from the current site, the new one will still be in Pujiang, but it will be much smaller with about 20,000 square meters of land.

"The new site can no longer accommodate hundreds of pet dogs," said Wang, who is nicknamed "King of Dogs."

There are about 500 dogs at the kennel and more than 100 are trained for security work in airports, docks, trains and concert venues.

Sniffer canines will stay at the new kennel, but Wang and his team are working to find a new home for 200 dogs. They have already secured homes for 100 canines.

The kennel has a variety of breeds such as golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, Doberman pinschers, German shepherds, Belgian shepherds, pointers and springer spaniels.

All the dogs are purebreds and healthy. Most are about one year old and were bred at the kennel. They are normally priced at 5,000 yuan (US$769) to 20,000 yuan each. But since the kennel will no longer have space for so many animals, it is selling them for about 500 yuan to 3,000 yuan based on breed.

"We welcome individual dog lovers, but not businesses who will resell the dogs to cash in on the opportunity," Wang said.

Jenny Yu, the kennel's general manager, said they simply want to "find a good home for these dogs where they can have a happy life."

"We don't want to treat our dogs hastily, which is unfair to them," Yu added.

Yu was delighted that some "real dog lovers" recently visited the kennel to buy a dog. Some were deterred by the high prices previously, but now they are happy to purchase them, Yu said.

The kennel will closely follow the dogs and offer help to their new owners if needed.

"We are willing to answer their questions," Yu said. "We will help these dogs adapt to their new environment as soon as possible."

Wang, now in his early 60s, started the kennel more than 30 years ago. His company trains, boards, breeds and sells dogs.

The company employs about 100 people. The dogs were dispatched to the World Expo site last year.

Wang himself has led a "legendary" life. He grew up as a kid with the dream of becoming a cowboy, with a faithful dog as his sidekick. Dogs and hunting became a way of life for Wang when he was young. In 1976, at the age of 27, he lost an arm in a hunting accident.

The disability didn't deter him. Wang obtained a driver's license a few years after the accident and learned to ride a horse when he was 52. In 2008, he won a silver medal at the Beijing Paralympic Games in horse trials.

But dogs were his special love. He started his company in 1980 with a couple of thousand yuan borrowed from his parents. In 1992, he took four German shepherd dogs he trained to the United States and sold three of them for US$2,000 each. He bought a car and drove about 96,000 kilometers in three months to visit dog-training sites around the US and learn from their experiences.

He has many interesting and distinctive theories.

There is no dog that can't be trained, he said, but there are plenty of bad trainers.

"A trainer's characteristics, thoughts and behavior can affect dogs," he said.

"Just like human beings, dogs adore authoritativeness."

Call 3411-0089 for more information about buying one of Jialiang K-9 Kennel's dogs.


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