|Barked: Thu Oct 20, '11 7:04am PST |
|Going off Ghost's point a little bit here, but the notion that all larger kennels who DO produce multiple litters a year and have larger quantities of dogs are mills is quite false.
When discussing breeders, there is often a list of black and white "rules" when selecting a puppy that for whatever reason aims to paint anything but extremely small, 1-2 breeding dog operations that only produce one litter every 3 years as irresponsible or bad.
Which I just don't understand at all. How do you build a line of dogs with such limited stock? How do you REALLY know what you are capable of producing if you've only ever produced 2 litters??
So long as the breeding dogs are properly proven (health testing, working/showing/ect), well cared for and otherwise responsibly kept... then what's the problem?
New pup is coming from a larger kennel- not massive, but by most standards a pretty big operation. They produce 4-5 litters a year, have many breeding dogs (though a good portion of them do not actually live on-site, and are co-owned), all breeding stock is health tested (including DM testing, which is slightly HUGE for a working GSD breeder), worked and/or titled, and raw fed. The breeder is very honest and knowledgeable about her dogs and her lines, is available to me when I have questions (even about things not related to my puppy), and is generally a pleasure to work with. The dogs she has produced have gone on to be working K9s, SAR and detection dogs, many Sch and tracking dogs, agility, competitive OB, and so on. I would not for one second question her status as a "reputable breeder".
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