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The Maera Kennel: Egyptian breeding with international standards

Maera says their breeding programme is EFK certified which means they can compete at international levels


 

Photo from Maera Kennel Facebook page
Photo from Maera Kennel Facebook page

It would seem that half of all Egyptians are dog breeders, if you go by the anecdotes. “Dog breeding in Egypt used to be any one with two dogs who could get them to breed,” said Mohamed Adel, co-founder of the Maera Kennel.

Maera Kennel specialises in both importing and breeding dogs, as well as providing hostel services for those who are going out of town and want to leave their dogs in good hands.

“We import dogs of the best quality who are registered [and have] pedigrees,” Adel said. “Their ancestors are known and their temperament is predictable, making it easier to have a dog who is a good companion rather than a burden.”

The Maera Kennel wants to bring dog breeding in Egypt up to international standards. When Adel founded the business in 2009 with his partners, Karim Sheta and Tarek Sheta, things were very different.

“We are all dog lovers and thought, why not do something we love and at the same time make a change and do something different,” he said. “With Egyptian-bred dogs you get the same high quality at a fraction of the price. Of course there are limitations since, for example, we don’t have vets with DNA testing and matching but you get quality that was previously unattainable in Egypt.”

 

The Maera Kennel’s facilities include a 1,200 square foot area for the dogs to exercise in.

 

“Our place is safe and well equipped,” Adel said. “You can be sure dogs will not be left alone to wander or get lost. Each dog gets its own room, though they get time to play together depending on temperament. They also get daily exercise and eat quality food. Some dogs get more exercise than others, depending on energy levels, like running on treadmills, or weight lifting with sleigh pulling.”

Adel said they import and breed dogs with competitions and shows in mind. “With our own breeding programme, we focus on guard dogs that are also companions,” he said. The kennel focuses on three breeds in particular: German shepherds, rottweilers and dogo argentinos.

“In Egypt some breeders do not pay attention to the small details that make a dog qualified for a show or a competition,” he said. “Details that come from genetic ability, such as sizes and dimensions of muzzle, ear, jaw, height ratio, etc. Instead we have overweight dogs or those who are supposed to be bred to work but are lazy and are not genetically adapted to do certain things. They are bred nonetheless, because everyone wants to make a profit.”

Maera certifies their dogs’ pedigrees with the Egyptian Kennel Federation, which keeps databases certified dogs, tracking their lineage five generations back.

In addition to showing dogs at the yearly shows that have been taking place in Egypt for a couple of years, “puppies born in Egypt can now have pedigrees, which means we can now take them abroad and compete,” Adel said. Egypt’s next competition is Horus 2014, slated for next April.

Adel gave the following advice to future dog owners and customers, “A dog is a companion and a responsibility. It is important to pick a puppy with the right qualities. I highly recommend aiming for something EKF registered. We have very good dogs in Egypt but you need to focus on genetics and the quality of the breeding programme.”

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  • Corina Latef

    Is this crazy or what??? Just one year ago “same dog loving Egyptians” ware killing dogs in Nasser City, Mokattam and Khatameya heights in front of the children and people….now you start breeding them???Then when Islam will come in the middle …you’ll found out the dogs are haram and let them loose in the street because you can not and do not know how to deal with them ???They bite and are evil???Look at Europe and USA …THEY ARE DOG LOVERS COUNTRIES and still have an over population from puppy mills….then they let them loose in the streets …then kill them with poison. But I know a hungry for money person ….when I see one like this MEARA Kennels….Shame on you…take care of the street children , hepatitis C and diabetes …then look into breeding dogs. Egypt is in deep trouble socially …take care of your self first….and stop opening retail businesses like restaurants and coffee shops , you’ll have only cashiers with PHDs running the country….

    • Amira Hafez

      Dear Corina Latef,
      Of course you´re right, and killing dogs is a big mistake many people do, but please be more careful with your words. If you want to attack “The Maera Kennel”, please use words that attack solely this groupof people. And I, personally, as a Musim, felt strongly offended by your comment, because this is not what true Muslims do. We have to respect the creatures God created, and whenever you see people killing dogs, they´re not doing it “in the name of Allah”, but they´re just killing dogs out of pure stupidity. Real Muslims would take care of dogs, whether they´re their dogs or lonely dogs on the street, and we even feed them!

      Apart from the full reality I just told you about, you, like many other middle-east haters, should be able to distinguish Muslims from Islamists, extremists, terrorists and basically stupid people abusing the name of God. I know it might seem hard to differenciate here, since even the media is unable to see the difference, not to mention teach the people the difference.

      Now back to this topic, how can you even know that the exact people who BREED dogs, KILL and TORTURE them at the same time? How do you know these are the same people?

      So stop generalizing everything and make the Muslims guilty for every single thing that happens all around the world, because my dear, this is just a lack of education from your side. It is NOT the right thing to do, just because everybody else does.

      And yes, there ARE street children, hepatitis C and diabetes, but so are in every country, and the media again chooses to solely display the negative sides to other people. And again: Who says we aren´t fighting these three? We have a ton of hospitals specialized to treat these diseases, and we have a ton of generous hearts who either donate every year (because acc. to Islam, Muslims are supposed to donate at least 2.5% of their money annually) or even take the orphans to the orphanage or adopt them and take care of their health.

      Nevertheless, I thank you for your advice to first take care of ourselves, and I hope I have been able to educate you about the other side of what is happening. The side, no media wants to display: the reality. And I hope other uneducated Middle-East haters read this and manage to open up their eyes for even a second.

      Br
      A fourteen year-old female who knows the full picture.

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