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Is Doublecreek Kennel in Alabama any good?

A friend on another board I belong to asked me if I could find out if this kennel was any good. She wants to get a dog here. So I'm here asking the experts. Opinions?

http://www.doublecreekkennel.com/

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I don't know anything about this kennel and I'm not an expert but I believe it's a concern when a kennel has more than one breed of puppy available. I hope she gets a healthy puppy!
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A friend on another board I belong to asked me if I could find out if this kennel was any good. She wants to get a dog here. So I'm here asking the experts. Opinions?

http://www.doublecreekkennel.com/
I only glanced through the site but I wouldn't buy from them. They breed several breeds of dogs as well as cross-bred or mixed breeds. Most appear to be the cutesy popular dogs that will bring in money the fastest. I didn't even check to see if they show or do any health testing at all. Generally a back yard breeder is breeding several breeds and mixes because making money is their promary goal-not bettering the breed so...take that for what it's worth.
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I would suggest your friend ask's a LOT of questions. Also, she needs to visit in person and see what the facility looks like. Ask to see the pedigree's, and akc papers on each dog. I would suggest you visit the parent club web site of the breed she is interested in as they can help refer her to reputable breeders.
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It doesn't look very promising, for all the reasons mentioned above.




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Not sure what health testing is recommended for the breeds that the kennel offers, but I didn't see anything on the website about any health testing at all. I didn't look at the whole thing, so maybe I overlooked that, but that fact would play a key role for me in NOT buying from this kennel.

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This is just my opinion-take it for what it's worth...
I looked at the pictures of the kennel. Although it looks clean (from the photos posted), it's huge and reminds me of a factory. How can those poor dams and sires get any quality affection and attention ? They're there to produce a product. There were other factors, but that's the one that struck me the most. I, personally, would definitely move on.

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I agree. It looks like a huge step up in terms of puppy mills, but all these dogs live in kennels year round. Besides all the other issues mentioned above. I would never buy a puppy that wasn't raised inside the breeder's home, socialized and treated as a member of the family every waking moment from the time they are born. That's the start of a well socialized puppy.


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Have her contact the Magnolia Havanese Club in Alabama. They have a website and if e-mailed they will respond.
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Looks like they have a great facility, but this one paragraph really bothers me:

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At the end of 2006, my husband installed a Clover all in one monitoring system
with audio, that allows me to watch my dogs from the comfort of my home
office, 24/7. It also allows me to store information for up to 30 days on one CD
and also accessible by Internet, should we go on a trip or should I have to be
hospitalized again, heaven forbid. When we have expectant mothers, I can zoom
one of the cameras in on her particular whelping area and see her every move and
be aware of any signs that she may be in labor. Even after the puppies are born
it affords me the ability to see, if they're on their heating pad or if they're
nursing or for ANY signs of trouble. This system has saved me countless trips to
the kennel and instead of going out in inclement weather in the wee hours of the
morning, I can just cut on the monitor and be assured that all is well. What a
gift!!!!
It almost comes across as, "Hey, I rarely have to even look in on the dogs, much less give them any of my time." Where is the human touch? The socialization? The love?

Which breed is your friend considering?
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