New Breeders - Good or Bad?
I've been researching Japanese Akitas for several years - in fact, pretty much about as long as I've had Lobo, which is about four years. I want my own Akita Inu puppy, but this won't happen for a few years into the future.
Still, because I would still like to develop a relationship with a breeder, I have been looking. Because these dogs are so rare, it's been incredibly difficult to find a breeder near me. Through the Japanese Akita clubs (AKIHO and JACA), I have found a breeder that really appeals to me.
She does health testing.
She plans to sleep in the same room as the pups/mom, and socialize early.
The two dogs that she plans to breed next year come from nice lines.
She's knowledgeable about the breed.
They breed one breed(Japanese Akitas).
Her dogs are both outdoor and indoor dogs(they get outdoor time, as well as indoor time with the family).
She does allow home-visits to see the dogs and the puppies.
She has a waiting list, and it is NOT first come first serve. She has a questionnaire that she requires potential buyers to fill out so she can best place the puppy.
Because she lives in another state(there are no breeders in my state), I would have to go and pick up the puppy. IF the puppy was to be sent by plane, the puppy doesn't leave until twelve weeks. Otherwise, puppies are sold at eight to ten weeks old. Depending on how comfortable she is with their temperaments, they may stay longer.
She does spay and neuter before the puppies are sent to homes. She feels very strongly about spaying a female before her first heat. This is the only area that I disagree with her on, but I'm not educated in spaying/neutering. I've heard things from all sides of the argument, so I'm not really sure.
She WILL stand by her dogs if they need to be given back for any reason. So, yes, she will take back any puppies.
Other than the spay/neuter deal, the only other issue I have, is that she is new. She was going to have her first litter this year, but her female contracted Pyrometra and had to be spayed. SO, her first litter will be next year.
She does have a website, but the Facebook is updated more frequently.