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to think about in selecting a breeder
1.) If a breeder claims
to have "show quality" dogs, ask if they are involved in
conformation competition. How would a person know how to recognize
"show quality" if they themselves have never been to a dog show?
lines" means nothing. In the first place, breeders who claim to have
"champion lines" often mean there are one or two champions in the
pedigree. Often, in the pedigrees we deal with there are only one or
two who are not champions! Besides, those who breed quality
dogs know that there are champions, then there are champions. The
fact that a dog is a champion does not necessarily ensure its
quality, nor does it mean that the breeder knew what they were doing
in breeding Champion A to Champion B.
3.) Can the breeder
provide you with photos or videos of their dogs? If they can't, why
4.) In what conditions
have the puppies been raised? The ease of the housebreaking can be
highly impacted by how clean the puppies were kept as they were
growing up --- puppies raised in unclean conditions may never
5.) Is the breeder
knowledgeable about raising puppies and proper socialization
techniques? Puppies that are raised without gentle handling, human
contact and a wide variety of noises and experiences may exhibit a
wide variety of behavioral problems.
6.) Have the puppies'
temperaments been evaluated and can the breeder guide you to the
puppy that will best suit your lifestyle? A caring breeder will know
the puppies and be able to make good matches between puppies and
7.) "AKC registered"
means very little in reference to the quality of the puppy. AKC is
merely a registry. All that "AKC registered" means is that the dog
is purebred, assuming the breeder (and the breeders before this one
in the pedigree of the dog) have been truthful about breeding
purebred to purebred and registering the puppies as such. AKC does
not police kennels or breeders for any other offense than not
adhering to AKC's record keeping and dog identification rules.
American Hairless Terrier is not registered with the American
Kennel Club (AKC), it is
registered with the United Kennel Club (UKC). UKC is the second
oldest and second largest all-breed dog registry in the US.]
8.) "Pedigreed" does
not indicate the quality of a dog. All a pedigree is, is a family
tree. A mixed breed dog in the street could have a family tree, if
the person who bred that mixed breed dog knew who the father and
mother were, and who their fathers and mothers were. So, the person
who states, "My dog has a pedigree as long as my arm" is essentially
saying he knows who the dog's parents were, and who their parents
were, and so on. Yet, it does not in any way indicate the quality of
9.) Did the breeder ask
you questions about your family, your lifestyle, your home? A
concerned, caring breeder wants to know all about where his or her
puppies are going!
10.) Did the breeder
ask you how much information you have about the breed, and did the
breeder offer to answer your questions about the breed or their
breeding program? Did the breeder discuss the good and bad things
about owning the breed with you, or did it all sound "pie in the
11.) Is the breeder
willing to refer you to people who have purchased puppies from them
in the past? Surely if a person has bred before, then there are
people who provide a reference for the breeder --- people who will
tell you how happy they are with their dogs from this breeder. If
not, why not???
12.) Are pet puppies
sold on already spay/neutered? Or on a spay/neuter contract with
limited registration? If not, why not? This is a hallmark of a
responsible, caring breeder.
13.) Does the breeder
have a WRITTEN contract? If not, why not??? A responsible breeder
will stand behind his or her puppies and cares about them for their
lifetimes, not just until the check clears the bank!
to ask a breeder
1.) How long have you
been breeding this breed and dogs in general?
2.) Why do you breed?
3.) What are the
strengths and weakness of your breeding program?
4.) In what conditions
was the litter raised?
5.) Are you familiar
with the health problems in the breed?
6.) Can you tell me why
you put these 2 dogs together? May I see a pedigree on the litter?
7.) What shots &
wormings have the puppies had?
8.) Who graded the
litter and what qualified them to grade the litter?
9.) Do you show dogs in
conformation and/or obedience events?
10.) What age do you
let your puppies go to their new homes? Do not take a puppy before
it is AT LEAST 8 wks old, no matter what!
11.) Last but not least
what kind of contract/guarantees do they offer on the puppies? This
is the most important question you can ask.
[Note: If you are
getting an American Hairless Terrier because you are allergic to
dogs, be sure to discuss this with the breeder as well.]
for recognizing profit-focused breeders
1.) They make their
living from selling dogs. They usually have a number of breeds,
sometimes even as many as 10 or more.
2.) They don't ask you
many questions, and they don't want to answer many, either.
3.) They do not know
about (or care about) genetic problems.
4.) Price comes up
early in the conversation (usually first).
5.) They will sell to
anyone, for any reason. Their definition of "screening a buyer" is
to be sure the person's check will clear the bank!
6.) They have no
contract. No guarantees. The only thing they are concerned with is
Posted with permission
from Lynn K. Poston, Kalon Cresteds
have been added by me.]
If you are
looking for AHT breeders, contact the AHTA club for breeder
referrals and information about available pups or older dogs. Go to
my AHT Links page and
scroll down to club listings.
NEVER, never, never buy a dog from a
pet shop! Reputable breeders will never sell dogs to pet shops!!! A
must read article -
Buying Pet Store Dogs. More good articles about
getting a dog
on that same website.
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