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Tips for finding a Breeder
When looking for a puppy do your homework because there are many irresponsible breeders. Always make sure EVERY breeding dog has a minimum of OFA Hip and CERF clearances (eyes). You can look up the health clearances on OFA’s website with parents registered names. Question kennels that have their dogs listed as “Sires and Dams”, (who don't compete) because it is clear that the dogs "only" job is to be bred. Question kennels that list puppies as breeding or show prospects at birth. These decisions cannot be made based strictly off color and cannot truly be evaluated until 8 weeks. Question any kennel that does not actually compete in the venues their puppies are being sold as prospects for (show, stock, agility prospect, etc) and heavily question any kennel that does not compete in any venue with their dogs. Also be weary if breeder lists puppies as "AKC/ASCA eligible". Most of the time these breeders never send the paperwork, even if you pay extra. Responsible breeders register every puppy/litter even if the puppy is sold on a spay/neuter contract.
Reputable breeders are passionate about the breed and understand it’s their job to protect the future of this breed and take that job seriously.
When contacting a breeder let them know your plans with your puppy. Don't just say "I'm looking for a blue merle male, with blue eyes" . Let them know if you would like to compete in a venue, or if it will be a family pet. Don't be surprised if breeders have multiple questions for you. Understand they are trying evaluate your needs to match the correct puppy for your personality/lifestyle.
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Finding a Responsible Breeder- Myths and Facts
The breeder said both parent dogs had been checked by a vet, so I guess the pups should be healthy.
Most vets are not experts in canine reproduction. They also may not want to lose business by telling their clients not to breed. In addition, the breeder may have heard only what he wanted to hear, not what the vet actually told him!
No vet can tell that a dog is free of genetic disease just by looking at the dog. Most genetic tests require special examinations by qualified veterinarians. Your best bet is to know what genetic tests are needed for the breed that you are interested in, and to ask the breeder to show you the results of those tests.
The puppies are AKC, so they must be healthy.
The American Kennel Club is only a registry. AKC registration does not guarantee you a quality puppy any more than DMV registration guarantees you a quality car.
The puppies have a "champion background"!
Most times where this is used as a selling point, the puppies have one grandparent who is a champion. This means nothing. It is too far-removed to have much effect on the pup. It is the general background of the puppy, and the specific background of the pup's parents that is important.
Waller, C. (2013, 12 22). Finding a Responsible Breeder -Myths and Facts. Retrieved from Finding a Responsible Breeder -Myths and Facts: http://members.tripod.com/antique_fcr/goodbreeder.html#cheaper