Puppy fair at Artois Expo: “We should stop hitting us”, defends a breeder

The puppy (and kitten) fair has been attracting people since this Saturday at Artois Expo, in Saint-Laurent-Blangy. Visitors are not uncommon to leave with a new companion…despite legislation that is supposed to be more restrictive.



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The little Toupie, of the Cotons de Tulear breed, trembles in the arms of her potential future owner. Caresses and scratches gradually relax her. ” It is quiet ? asks the lady. ” Very !replies the breeder, Georges Valentin, from Poitiers. Usually what I say as a joke: you put it on the shelf when you leave, well you can take it down when you come back, it won’t have moved. And you will see, they are sticky. The client is conquered. ” That’s good, that’s what I need. » Price of Toupie: 1,100 euros.


A stand away, a couple fiddles with the chubby head of a Beagle, while another signs papers to leave with an Australian Shepherd. ” We bought it for 900 euros “Slips Gilles, who came especially from Douai. Expensive ? ” No, that seems reasonable to me. We didn’t have a dog anymore, we had been thinking about it for a while. “The couple fell in love while strolling through the aisles.

” Full of happiness ”

Various breeds of dogs and cats are present this weekend at Artois Expo, in Saint-Laurent-Blangy.  Photo Severine Curve
Various breeds of dogs and cats are present this weekend at Artois Expo, in Saint-Laurent-Blangy. Photo Séverine Courbe – VDN

A decree that came into force in October, however, requires buyers to sign a “certificate of commitment and knowledge” seven days before adopting an animal, to avoid impulse purchases and abandonment. ” But there is no time limit if we have already had an animal “, they were told. What is however not registered in the decree… The couple could leave with the shepherd in the arms.

Various breeds of dogs and cats are present this weekend at Artois Expo, in Saint-Laurent-Blangy.  Photo Severine Curve
Various breeds of dogs and cats are present this weekend at Artois Expo, in Saint-Laurent-Blangy. Photo Séverine Courbe – VDN

This vagueness suits business well, the measure directly threatening the economic model of these shows, whose image is already tarnished. ” When we should stop hitting on usdefends Georges Valentin for his part. I’ve been a breeder for 30 years, and the job is frankly becoming more and more difficult with regulations, controls, contracts… We respect them. There is even a veterinarian who comes to see the puppies. We can’t do better! »

Puppy (and kitten) fair at Artois Expo in Saint-Laurent-Blangy, until Sunday 20 November. From 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., non-stop. Admission €3 from 3 to 10 years old; €6.50 from 11 years old.





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