July 3rd 2011 10:07 am
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1. Where did you get your dog- a breeder, shelter, pet store, found it?
2. Only a breeder with 3 to 5 generation pedigrees should your dog be considered.
3. There should be at least 4 titled dogs (conformation, obedience, tracking, field, etc) in the last THREE generations at least.
4. Next consider your dogs temperament. Is it stable? Does he/she show signs of anxiety, stress, hyperactivity?
5. Does the dog fit the breed standards as compared to the top conformation winners of it's breed?
6. The next to last step is genetic health testing. Certified (OFA, CERF, etc) FREE of genetic diseases. This step must wait until at least age 2 for most tests. Some genetic disease like epilepsy may not show up until age 5 or later, so it's important to find out if any disease is in the previous 3 generations.
7. Last, if the dog has passed all these steps, while he/she may be of breeding quality, if you are NOT active in showing or working your dog, think very carefully about your reason for breeding. Breeding should be done to improve the breed, not so you can see puppies being born or because you alone think your dog is fabulous. Breeders don't make money when they are good breeders. Don't breed out of greed- financially or emotionally!
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