A dog breeder and one of the coordinators of Kwara Dog House, Mr. Obaniyi Ekundayo Oluwafunmilola popularly known as D1 DogLord has advanced reasons why the country does not have an original dog breed domiciled in Nigeria.
Speaking with News Hub Mag!at the sidelines of the annual Dog Walk by the Kwara Dog House, the DogLord said although the breeders are committed to the cause, they don’t have the desired support from government and private spirited individuals.
In his words, “For us to truly develop a local dog to international standards where it can be accepted globally we need government support.
“Presently in Nigeria we cannot say a particular dog is local to Nigeria, look at the boerboels for instance, it is domiciled in South Africa. They came around to put about four, five breeds of dogs with a lot of encouragement from government and philanthropists and they were able to create the boerboels, which like you said, we spend a lot of money to import into the country.
“But now you are talking about a local breed for the country when the same government that is supposed to help us is going out of the country to import dogs for security reasons?”
Speaking further, the dog breeder agreed that a step like developing a local breed for the country will be great but pointed out that the process is rigorous and there is need for all stakeholders to be committed to the project.
According to him, the first step is to identify indigenous breeds from the three geopolitical zones of the country and then bring them together to achieve the desired result.
Speaking on the annual Dog Walk, the DogLord said it is a platform to physically interact and identify ways to further improve on all the breeds of dogs in Kwara state.
He explained that it is also meant to encourage dog breeders to always walk their dogs.
On what is special about this year’s celebration, he disclosed that the House had more sponsors, better looking dogs and a better turn out.
News Hub Mag! reports that the Dog Walk took off from the Unilorin Bus Terminus, Tanke through Tanke to berth at Tanke Junction.
Some volunteers of the Caucasian Sheperd Dog Club of Nigeria (CSCN), Kwara State Chapter also groomed dogs for free at the event. Also, the program featured talks, networking and hints on best ways to care for dogs; man’s best friend.