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I understand what you mean by the confusion. I had wrongly assumed that if someone was a member of HCA, and they were a breeder, they would follow the HCA breeders guidelines, but that's not necessarily true.
If an HCA breeder isn't listed on the Breeder Referral List, it's completely up to you to do all the checking on what they do as far as health testing, ethics and anything else related to breeding. The only breeders who have to follow the guidelines are on that list. This isn't to say other breeders aren't also excellent and don't also do all the health testing, etc, but it also means that other members that are breeders may not do any health testing or use good breeding practices.
I was personally very surprised when I found this out. I would think it would be in the clubs best interest to hold everyone to the highest of standards, but I guess it would be hard to get a group of people to agree with what that is.
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