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Old 02-02-2011, 06:09 PM
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Question Reputable Breeders

ok so I am getting pretty frustrated with the whole "finding a breeder" thing. I just don't get it.

As its my first time looking for a dog from a reputable breeder I am finding it hard to know what I am looking for.

I do Know that health testing is very important. Thats a no brainer

So you guys who have bought from a reputable breeder what did you look for?

What were somethings that made you look at a breeder "shrug" and look to the next.

And I am not talking about Joe Blow Breeders I am talking about working, showing breeders. That do health testing and the whole SHE-BANG!
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Old 02-02-2011, 06:14 PM
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That they have breeding goals. Wanting to better the breed. Doing something with their dogs. Found breeders claiming they did confo, sports, whatever and found they were lying. Actually check on health testing. Some of the 'best' in the cocker world it seems don't.. Some are honest they don't others are not..
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:46 PM
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There are many outlines available on line
for finding a "good breeder"...

Sadly, this is far more difficult than one might expect.
You can follow all the guide lines, do all the right things,
prepare yourself with all the proper precautions,
and still get skewered ...

There are many breeders who look gr8 "on paper".
They appear to have all the right health clearances (SHE-BANG et al),
know exactly the right things to say,
often have slick web sites,
have plenty of references
and are still, at best, mediocre .

In what kind of dog are you interested?
Another Westie?
That might be a better place to start?



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ok so I am getting pretty frustrated with the whole "finding a breeder" thing. I just don't get it.

As its my first time looking for a dog from a reputable breeder I am finding it hard to know what I am looking for.

I do Know that health testing is very important. Thats a no brainer

So you guys who have bought from a reputable breeder what did you look for?

What were somethings that made you look at a breeder "shrug" and look to the next.

And I am not talking about Joe Blow Breeders I am talking about working, showing breeders. That do health testing and the whole SHE-BANG!
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:55 PM
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I look for dogs I like, and support breeders i like. That's about it for me.
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:23 PM
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In what kind of dog are you interested?
Another Westie?
That might be a better place to start?
Not another Westie, But a Cane Corso mastiff.
Thats why I am being so peticular, Temperment is the thing I am most worried about when It comes to breeders and their dogs.
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:26 PM
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Verify health testing, meet the parents if possible or find references for past litters to check temperament, breeding goals, pros and cons in this particular cross, titles in some relevant arena, socialization protocol before the puppies go to their new homes, how do they match dogs with buyers...
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:11 PM
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Not another Westie, But a Cane Corso mastiff.
Thats why I am being so peticular, Temperment is the thing I am most worried about when It comes to breeders and their dogs.
Hayley, are you still in Alberta or are you in BC yet?

The NW working dog expo still doesn't have their dates up, but the IABCA website has a show scheduled for the expo sometime in June.

The last several have had cane corso specialties and fila brasiliero specialties. Lots of PP tests with corsos being tested too. CGC exams, TTs, etc. It's lots of fun.
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Well since Im looking for show dogs, I look at the dogs first. Do I like the type? Do I not like it? If I like the type and would happy to have most of the breeders dogs in my program, conformationaly, I then look into pedigree, and health. If I still like them, I then talk to the breeder. Learn about them as a person, contracts, prices, ect...
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If you are not going to show him professionally, look for temperament in the lines. Find a breeder who will answer any of your questions whenever you have them. Look for a breeder who is actually bettering the breed, not just breeding for "pretty" factor. Most of all, listen to your gut. You will know the right dog for you when you see it. Believe me, I never met Aero in person until he arrived in Houston from Colorado... the second I saw his photo on the breeders site I knew it was my dog. This was after looking at hundreds of pups through many, many breeders over about a year.
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:34 PM
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I think you have the cart in front of the horse. I may have this all screwed up, but I think you were the one looking for one for protection and stuff?

I think you should get involved in the breed and see what types of dogs are out there and breeders. When you get involved, you learn who's good and who's not, who has what you might want and what you don't want.

I would never be looking for a dog like this by looking for "reputable breeders" from checklist of stuff. I wouldn't shop by websites, ads, or any of that. I wouldn't care what a breeder said, they all want to sell you stuff and are going to say all sorts of things.

if you're involved, you'll already know the answers to your questions.
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