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As a breeder, I don't think I am favor of this. I consider myself a good breeder. One that is honest, does health testing, is VERY picky about where my puppies will live forever, doesn't keep dogs in a kennel, etc. What I don't like about this idea is the liability involved here. I live in California, which is a very sue happy state.
I don't feel this is the best way to "educate" the buying public. Personality conflicts can come into play. I tell everyone that contacts me, to find a breeder you (the buyer) can work with, as this commitment to a puppy will be for the life of the puppy and you want a breeder that you like and feel comfortable about. On this forum I have read comments made by people regarding their puppy purchase that should have been red flags against buying from that particular breeder, yet they did it anyway. We live in a society that doesn't want to wait. Instead, they take what they can get now.
I don't soap my dogs, but rather I have xrays done on their fronts. Does that make a bad breeder? I don't think so, just a smart one! Many feel that soaping is a joke, as the only thing it shows is if a dog has a very bad front, but it doesn't show well, some dogs that are in question. The buying public has NO idea what to look for at all in a soaped picture. Those are really for breeders. I could show a buyer a soaped picture, and they would think the dog was fine, but another breeder would say, "oh no, not nice, won't use that dog/bitch for breeding".
I think what is important here is to get the word out to buyers on WHAT to ask and LOOK for, not their opinion about a person.