Forget cats on YouTube. Dogs are on Facebook. A Mumbai-based page wants to help your pet find a mate.
“Extremely active and fun loving with the prettiest eyes…. looking for an amicable partner just like him (sic)”.
These aren’t lines from a dating app. This is for Caesar, a 16-month-old Lhasa Apso looking for a mate on Facebook. Doggiemonials, an initiative by Dogs and More pet magazine, is a Facebook page for pet parents looking to get their fur-babies mated.
It began with Dog A’Fair 2016, a pet carnival by Dogs and More, where several pet owners made requests for help finding a mate for their dogs. “The Facebook page began with people who filled forms at the dog carnival,” says Rozina Gaziyani from Dogs and More. Since its inception, Doggiemonials claims to have received an average of 10 such requests per day.
Internationally, dog dating is not new. There are websites like doggiesmatch.com (USA) that have dedicated database to help your pet find a mate. However, in India, the concept of pet-mating services on a social media platform is less common.
How it works
“We make sure that it’s a pet owner and not a breeder. We also check for entries that could be a possible match and tag the pet parents in the comment under the picture,” explains Gaziyani about the process. People are asked to share pets’ pictures and information such as age, gender, health issues (if any), and temperamental peculiarities, so that it becomes easier to connect with others on the platform.
Dogshaadi has its dedicated website (dogshaadi.com), as well as a Facebook page. Users listing their pets for mating can create a profile using their Facebook account or personal ID. A dashboard provided to every user account makes managing the listing easier. “Users can delete or modify the listing once their need is fulfilled,” says a Dogshaadi team member.
While Dogshaadi has its own network of breeders with stud dogs that they trust and recommend, Doggiemonials maintains a strict no-breeder policy.
Recently, Commando Kennels, a Hyderabad-based dog training service with a database of over 1,500 dogs shut its dog matrimonial services: “What began as mating service was slowly becoming a rampant breeding scheme — something that we as animal-lovers do not endorse,” says a team member at Commando Kennels.
What pet owners should keep in mind
You’ve found a mate for your mutt, but it doesn’t end there. When two unfamiliar dogs interact in close quarters, there are several issues that need addressing. Dogs are territorial by nature and bringing a new dog into your pet’s ‘territory’ could thwart any progress you are trying to make. “It helps if the probable mating partners are allowed to interact at a place neither of them has visited before,” says Pranita Balar, animal behaviour specialist. She adds that checking temperamental and behavioural compatibility is essential.
A lot of health problems like hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and even cancer are common among several breeds like Golden Retrievers, Saint Bernards and Bulldogs due to inbreeding in previous pedigree lines. The only way to prevent this from occurring in the next generation is a thorough check of medical records.
“Apart from ensuring that the dog is well cared for, vaccination records, deworming, tick-and-flea care are important. Size compatibility is also an important factor — a large dog mating with a small female would not be ideal, as the latter could face problems at the time of delivery,” says Dr Makarand Chousalkar, from Top Dog Pets Clinic.
For both Doggiemonials and Dogshaadi, the services do not go beyond providing an interactive platform for pet owners looking to get their dogs mated. Both services are free.