|Barked: Thu Jan 12, '12 9:00am PST |
|My boyfriend is wanting to get his first dog this year, and for the longest time he was set on an (English) Bulldog. While I feel they are wonderful dog's, with sweet, goofy temperaments, I also feel that their extensive health issues are a serious problem. I believe I may have successfully convinced my boyfriend that they are sweet digs, but ridden with health issues, and perhaps another breed would be better. He really wants a BULLDOG and while he grew up with Boxers, a Bulldog is what he is wanting. We have been looking into Olde English Bulldogges due to their ability to breed and whelp without medical assistance and their longer noses, and more stretched out bodies.
Since this breed isn't recognizes by the AJC, my main concerns are finding a reputable breeder. I live in St. Louis, MO and we are willing to travel about 12 hours (if absolutely necessary) to pick up our new pup. We are not planning on getting him until the late summer,but we have been slowly accumulating supplies for him such as toys, leash, collar, bowls, crate, etc.
The main things I want out of this breeder are:
1. A breeder who breeders for more then just health. I would like to see the dog's active in activitie such as weight pull, obedience, conformation, therapy dog work, etc.
2. A breeder who extensively health tests. I don't want a "if he breaks in the first year, bring him back and we'll REPLACE the pup" guarantee. I want OFAed parents and other registered health testing done.
3. A breeder who welcomes questions and is interested in maintaining a lifelong relationship with the puppy's owners.
Maybe what I am seeking is a tall order for a non-AKC recognized breed, but I would really like to find us a HEALTHY pup with good temperament and conformation. Living in MO (a major puppy mill and BYB state) I am very wary of the breeder we will choose. I tried looking on the Olde English Bulldogge Club of America's website for a list od breeder referrals, but couldn't find anything. So far all breeders I have found are super sketchy.
If anyone can help me track down a GOOD breeder that is at the most a 12 hour drive away from St. Louis, MO it would be much appreciated.
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