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Asking Breeder for Soaped Pictures

Is it okay to ask a breeder for soaped pictures of their dogs if I'm only looking for pet quality? Is it normal for a reputable breeder to refuse?

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Is it okay to ask a breeder for soaped pictures of their dogs if I'm only looking for pet quality?
YES, YES, YES!! They should be more than willing to send the photos to you.

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Ok, I didn't want to be offensive by asking a breeder who does all the health tests for it.

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I agree...it's a very reasonable request. As we have just found out in "that other thread" it's always good to be extra cautious and a good breeder should have no issue at all with sending soaped pictures if it's part of their routine or not.

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Ok, I didn't want to be offensive by asking a breeder who does all the health tests for it.
There is no test for bad conformation. There's health testing to HOPEFULLY give you a healthy puppy but even with health testing things we don't expect can happen. That said, look for that health testing. It's the best tool we have along with soaped pictures.

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I asked a breeder for soaped pictures because of my concern for CD and she said that the only way to diagnose CD was through x-rays and if I was worried, to find a breeder who x-rayed their dogs' legs....

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I asked a breeder for soaped pictures because of my concern for CD and she said that the only way to diagnose CD was through x-rays and if I was worried, to find a breeder who x-rayed their dogs' legs....
Maybe Alexa can find the thread she's talking about for you. Sorry, I don't know how and probably missed it.

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I would. Any breeder should have soaped pictures of their dogs available if they don't have something to hide. You will hear a lot of beating around the bush and the conversation will quickly get switched to health testing, but that's a separate, important issue. It may also get switched to xrays. If the dogs legs are straight, you don't need xrays.

All anyone has to do it plaster the hair down with soap. Pick the dog up and set it down on the table and get a helper to snap the picture. "Drop down straight" is when the legs are not jockeyed with and they still look straight. You can't make bad legs look good with soaped pictures.

And a responsible breeder will have a money back guarantee against CD.
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You are absolutely within reason to ask for soaped photos. Some of us do it for all of our pups at 8 weeks of age, regardless of anyone asking for them. I do it for my own records & evaluations.
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soaped leg

Should I be asking for soaped leg photos of sires and dams or of puppies (or all)?
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