|Barked: Mon Mar 18, '13 9:15pm PST |
|This actually sounds a lot like a breeder a friend went through and that scares me. This breeder, when I asked if he did health tests, stated, "My dogs are from champion lines and all the lines previous, parents, grandparents, etc, were tested, so I don't see any reason to test mine." Uh... Because genetic and hereditary health issues can crop up generations later? Duh. So that answer actually REALLY bothers me and that alone would make me avoid them. If they don't health test, they aren't in it for the betterment of the breed in my opinion. If you aren't keeping tabs on the health of your dogs you're breeding, how are you picking the most suitable, breed-worthy studs and bitches? And a health guarantee of only a year doesn't mean moot, either. Quite frankly, when issues can crop up much later in life, I'd rather see a more substantial guarantee and lifetime breeder support.
Are they allowing you any information on the stud dog at all? Proof of health, proof of 'championship show lines', proof of pedigree and registration, any of it? Because if they're not giving you AT LEAST that much, I'd be concerned about not being allowed to contact the owner of the stud, or not having them be able to have the stud owner contact me. I want to know information on BOTH parents of my dog, and lines prior if I'm going with a breeder. You don't just put two dogs together as a reputable breeder - there's more to it than that to better the breed.
This wouldn't happen to be a breeder of Irish Setters would it? The one that I know of that had similar responses was an Irish Setter breeder and I would actually avoid this particular breeder.
A good breeder is all about their dogs, making sure you're the right person, and making sure they're bettering the breed. They shouldn't be hiding information from you. Ever.
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