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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-14-2006, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Questions to ask your Potential Breeder

In this thread I would like everyone to give their two cents on what questions a new puppy buyer should ask their breeder. There are a lot of backyard breeders out there, and it might only get worse. So to help people out,
lets make a list of things a good breeder does before AND after the sale. Their might be some repetative info in another thread I just started but thats ok!

I think we need to help everyone become more educated.
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Temperment was a big thing to me....it was amazing how different each puppy was when we went to see them and the breeder described them so well. Ollie has lived up to his "soft" description and he is 5 months now. He is gentle as can be but def still a puppy!

Also find out the parents when you call and you can google them and also check for the testing as mentioned.

I was green when we got Ollie - I was very lucky!!

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I'll go ahead and repeat my reply on this thread as well...

Verify that the breeder is health testing, please don't take their word for it. Test results can be verified on the CERF, OFA and CHIC websites.
 
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Health testing?
Can I come see the puppy/parents?
Is there any buyback clause? (I will buy my puppies back no questions asked for a full year)
Where are they raised?
Can you call the breeder at any time with any questions? (I am saddened by the number of people I hear about that have no relationship with their breeder)
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A good breeder ask's questions to the puppy buyer also.

A good breeder will deworm, give first or second shots, depending on when they allow the puppies to leave their new home.

A good breeder won't allow the puppies to leave for their new home until they are at a minimum, and I mean a mimimum of 8 weeks old.

A good breeder will either replace or give money back, depending on the situation within the first year as a minimum.

A good breeder should be doing some kind of dog activity, like showing their dogs in conformation, agility, or field if appropriate for the breed. Not just producing puppies because....

A good breeder has a contract that is not only good for the breeder, but also good for the buyer. READ IT THOUROUGHLY!!

A good breeder should be a member of a dog club, as that shows to me anyway, they are trying to better the breed by participating and supporting a club. This isn't always true, but it does help to weed out the BYB and puppy millers SOMETIMES.

A good breeder will do health testing.

A good breeder won't breed a dog or a bitch until they are old enough to be bred, in my opinion, that would be 12 months or older for a dog and 18 months or older for a bitch. JMO

A good breeder will have the dam on site, if not, then run like he_ _!

A good breeder can provide you with health testing papers, AKC papers, pedigree's, etc.

A good breeder will be there to answer your questions anytime day or night.

A good breeder sells pets on a spay/neuter contract.

A good breeder knows the standard of the breed inside and out.

These are a few of what comes to mind. <grin>
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Ok I have a question now on breeding.Why is there such a difference in age between a dog and a bitch to me I would think it would be better to wait till a dog is 18-2 years.?? Second how would one check on a heath test? I am totally lost on this part and would like to know more about it.I know Yoda is very young still at 9 months I am thinking of a breeding program later on after I know every thing 100 % and I get the "Right bitch" Wanting to know what the rule of thumb is on breeding to be safe breeding should be once a year or once every 2 years I would never want to be a over breeder.And how would one know if the Bitch is the right one? so many question I have that is why I need to wait and try to fine some one that would like to guide me threw the process the right way to better the breed not to breed a animal that has bad gens . For an example the coat if my dog lacks a really thick coat I would want one that has a better coat . Any one has any thoughts or idea let me know thanks Susan
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Susan, you can verify testing at OFFA.org. You need to know the registered name of the dogs you want to check. You also need to know which tests to verify (CERF, BAER, patellas, hips - those four for sure), and do not rely on a CHIC number to mean that they have PASSED, because that is not what it means. A CHIC number just means that they have completed those four tests.

Also, the CERF should be current. It is only valid for 12 months.

The other tests are a one-time test (but the patellas need to be done after 12 months old and the hips need to be done after 24 months old).
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Thank you very much when you say registered name of the dog is that the AKC name? Could I use Yoda's Pedigree to check his parents?Thank you for all this information I will for sure check into this .Susan
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So with Yoda what should I have done right now since he is 9 months old?
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Should I do a DNA on yoda.And are these test costly
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