to buy your puppy
You are making an investment, which
over the years will amount to over $3000. It
will cost the same whether you buy a good dog or a poor specimen - possibly more
if you purchase an animal that lacks the hardiness, or health credentials that
should be behind a well-bred animal.
They handle many breeds of dogs cannot possibly be aware of the detailed
characteristics, which distinguish each of them.
Not to mention the fact that they could not be aware of the hereditary
defects that occur in each breed and those bloodlines where certain problems are
more likely to occur. Generally they do not offer a written health guarantee
against genetic health problems such as hip dysplasia, and eye problems. Nor do
most of them certify their breeding dogs with the appropriate health agencies.
They specialize in one or two breeds and has taken the time to educate himself
as to the problems, which occur in his breed.
He has an intimate knowledge of his breed. He wants to know how his
puppies develop as his breeding program is guided by the results of his previous
successes and failures. He wants to be sure that you and his breed are suited for
each other. He will always be there
as a source of information for raising and training your puppy. Reputable
breeders have their breeding dogs certified with
health agencies and offer a written health guarantee.
a private hobby breeder
The purpose of dog shows is to select
the best specimens of the breed --- to select those dogs who are most worthy of
producing progeny. Every litter, no
matter how carefully planned, will contain a few puppies of outstanding quality,
but the majority will be of average quality who will make wonderful pets and
hunting dogs. You will benefit from
the knowledge and dedication of the "show breeder".
His pet or average pup will probably be of much better quality than the
best you will ever see from a commercial dealer; and the selling price of pet
puppies is competitive. Ask lots of questions of the breeder from wanting to see
the parents (if both are available on premises) or pictures and health
clearances of the sire. Ask about viewing a copy of certified (OFA, CERF, PRA,
DM) health clearances for both parents. Ask about genetic, health problems,
temperament and dog aggression the
breeder has encountered. Ask about a written health guarantee. Most reputable
breeders have puppy contracts, a guarantee against genetic health problems. They
are not afraid to talk about their dogs, breeding program or answer your
AKC registration does not mean quality.
Any individual with a purebred dog may breed to another purebred dog of the same
breed and provide the puppies with AKC registration.
The parents may be very poor specimens of their breed, and their puppies
poorer still. The difference in
price between a puppy bred by a serious breeder and another individual who has
no in-depth knowledge of the breed may be very slight.
Retrievers are extremely popular breeds and many people are seeking to
make a few dollars by having a litter of puppies. He
may not have the knowledge or be willing to spend the money to do the right
breeding and properly raise the puppies and to have the health credentials
behind them. The serious breeder knows the faults and virtues of his dogs.
The perfect dog has not yet been born.
The challenge is breeding two animals and producing something that is
better that either of its parents. This
is the goal of the serious breeder. He
should want to breed only the best.
my dog is AKC Registered does that make him a quality dog?
AKC registration means is a dog is registered with AKC in their registry.
AKC is just a registry, that’s it.
It is the breeders who have the responsibility of producing healthy,
quality dogs. AKC does some kennel checks, but considering the huge amount
of kennels out there, and the small amount of people that AKC probably employees
for doing these checks, it just goes to reason that they cannot keep tabs on all
the people out there who are registering dogs. AKC does not require breeders to do any health checks before
breeding. It will just record the
information on AKC papers if you have secured certification numbers.
When AKC inspects a kennel they will require proper records, proper ID of
each dog, reasonable cleanliness and reasonable care of the dogs.
They don't require hereditary health checks on the breeding stock or any
type of socialization of the pups. Conscientious breeders, for the love of the
breed, do socialization and health certifications. Reputable hobby breeders do
X-rays for hip dysplasia, regular vet exams, do eye exams to screen for
hereditary eye disease, Cardiac, Thyroid testing, screening for heart defects in some
breeds, and many other things. So
yes, the pups might be AKC registered, but all that this tells you is that both
parents were also AKC registered. It
does absolutely nothing to guarantee quality or health. It is up to you as the
buyer to find a good breeder and ask questions and secure proof of health tests
on the dogs. Proof of the quality
and the natural ability of a dog can be in the form of an AKC Championship in
conformation, or titles in performance events or in the performance of an
excellent hunting dogs and companions. I bet if you go out and ask the folks at
any pet shop selling AKC pups to supply you with proof of health tests on the
parents they won't have a clue what you mean. It is not acceptable to be told
that "the parents are just fine and we've never had a moments sickness out
of them". You need to see
proof from the registries (OFA, CERF, PRA) that certify the various health tests
that the dogs were tested and certified as free of these health problems.
There are some diseases that can be DNA tested for now. Many diseases do not show up in the dog until 1 year of age
and as late as 5-8 years of age. This
is well past the age of this dog having produced pups that are now at risks of
having these problems also. This is why reputable breeders test their breeding
stock and do not breed a dog unless it has all the health clearances. There's
just so much more involved in a quality puppy then having sent in the $36 or so
to register each parent and saying, “my dog is a pedigree dog with AKC” so
therefore I have a quality puppy for sale. Being AKC registered is not a
valid reason to breed a dog either.
As a pure bred dog, both the parents of
this puppy are registered with the American Kennel Club. Please register your
dog. Years of study, care, training and expense have been spent to insure that
your puppy is sound, as healthy as possible and of good temperament. When I sell
a puppy for a pet, it is my understanding that you do not wish to show in
conformation or breed him. He/she will therefore be placed on limited
registration and is to be spayed or neutered.
By registering, you and he can still compete in any field test, hunting
competition or performance event, just not in the show ring.
Registration and Breeding
If at some future date, you decide you
would like to maybe show or breed, please contact me and I will be glad to
evaluate the puppy. I can reverse the limited registration to full registration
thereby making him eligible to be shown and bred if I feel that he has grown
into a quality specimen for the breed. Certainly never breed to the cute dog
down the street, or to educate the children, or to the free dog next door or to
just make money. When one breeds, it is to always improve the breed and to keep
the required Breed Standard and health clearances. Be very sure you even wish to
undertake breeding. Raising a litter can be a rewarding experience for all
concerned, but as any serious breeder with experience knows, the hours are long;
the tasks of breeding, whelping and raising the puppies are not for the
squeamish and costs are invariably higher than you had planned. You must be able
to place all the puppies in good homes, so they don't end up in shelters or
rescue. You also have to
be in a position to guarantee the quality of the puppies should they ever have a
problem when with the new owner. You are basically “on call” 24 hours a day
as you have to watch over the about to whelp bitch or meet feeding schedules of
month old puppies. I will do my best to help you find a mate that is of equal
quality so that you will be proud of you pups. Per my breeding/show contract,
all breeding dogs must have hips OFA certified, eye clearances by CERF and must
be PRA and DM tested, unless the dog is PRA and DM clear by parentage, before
any breeding is ever considered.
out your Puppy from the Litter
do not pick owners! They don't
think or reason as humans and have no way of doing so. Having been a
breeder for 40 years I can tell you that the way I place the dogs with
the owners is the best guarantee that you can get the dog you are looking for. I
help pick the puppy for the new owner. I
know their personalities, which you cannot see in 15 minutes of looking at them.
I know the breeding behind them, as I have several generations of my own
dogs behind these puppies. I know the faults, abilities and the quality of
the parents, which is one of the most important things. I see the puppies
all day for 8 weeks, and know what they are all about and their individual
traits. You would not be able to know that, nor could the dog himself show
you that when you walk up to it. The puppy you think or see as quiet might
be the Alpha in the litter, it's just that he has ran and wore himself
out by the time you see him. The biggest is not the best hunter
necessarily, nor is the runt of the litter the quietest! Most people are not qualified enough on breed structure to be able to
find the best dog for show and breeding. Sorry,
but I've had many people pick the wrong dog, so I help pick the puppy for the
new owner, for your safety and the dog’s. Any questions, any concerns you can
always contact me by email
or by phone.
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