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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-23-2008, 01:35 AM Thread Starter
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I know that there are at least several breeders that are active on this Forum. When I went to the HCA site to try to find what breeders may be in Washington that are doing testing and "members in good standing" with the HCA, there are none. I know there are several on the Forum in California, and some of you aren't listed there either.

Why is this?

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They have to be a member for two years and pay a fee to be listed. It may not be a priority for some breeders.


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1) You have to be a member of HCA for 2 years in order to be listed. Some of us haven't been members long enough to be on the list.

2) The list is voluntary, you have to send in information and pay a fee to be on there. Just because a breeder is an HCA member does not mean they are automatically going to show up on the list. The breeder has to request to be included.

I hope this answers your question. :-)

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In addition to the above requirements, it used to be required that you had a litter available. That is not a current requirement, but it is a recent change, so many breeders may still have that in mind.

In addition to needing to pay a fee, you are only listed for a limited amount of time, so even if you see a specific breeder is not up there, s/he may have been and hasn't renewed their listing.

Many of us are inundated with contacts and can't keep up with everyone that sends an email "do you have a puppy available", so putting yourself on the Breeder Referral list will only increase that demand for response.
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Thanks, I wondered about all those reasons, but also wondered if there was some politics involved. Or some other reason I should know about. So, basically, just research each individual breeder whether they are listed or not, and probably check referrals, if they are available?

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Sheri, are you looking for a puppy???

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Absolutely. I'd verify health testing too, even if they are on the list. Having complete health testing, and a current CERF certificate is part of the requirement of being on the list, but it is a self-policing policy.
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Sheri, are you looking for a puppy???
Someday. But, I research like crazy long before I'm able to do something like that. I spent 2 years researching breeds generally, and another year seriously checking out the Havs before I got Tucker. And I've learned so much since then, from this list and elsewhere.

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And there are no politics involved in being on the list. You just have to meet all the requirements, including paying a fee and wanting to be listed.

I don't know about other breeders, but I get at least two puppy inquiries a day. Out of those, probably 3 a week are serious inquiries while others are seeking information.
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Wow, Kimberly--at least two inquiries a DAY? I had no idea you'd have so many! So, do you have a file folder of applications, also? How long do you keep the apps?

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