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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by sallyanne, Jul 1, 2009.
So we hear alot about BYB's and PF's so What constitutes a good breeder in your opinion ?
Fully researchs the breed and any potential problems before they decide to breed. Fully health tests parents and researches the bloodline of any potential mates before they breed. Socialises puppies and chooses new owners properly. Only breeds each bitch 1 or twice to create quality puppies.
Agree with above and also a breeder that takes back their puppies/adults if needed.
This is what we recommend in our breed:
If you decide you would like to purchase a Siberian Husky puppy from a breeder, you will need to be extremely careful as there are many more bad breeders out there than good ones.
There are hundreds of Siberian Husky breeders in the UK. Like most breeds the quality of dogs & breeders varies widely. A small proportion of breeders in the UK are reputable and responsible but most, unfortunately, are not. To the inexperienced it is often difficult to tell the difference.
These are some of the indicators you can use to check breeders out:
Are the dogs being bred Kennel Club registered and are the pups KC registered? KC registration is not a 100% guarantee, but it is a strong indication that the pedigree of your dog is accurate and honest. If sire, dam or the pups are not KC registered beat a hasty retreat at that point.
Does the breeder work and/or show his/her dogs. If not, how do they know their dogs are good enough to breed from.
Why are they breeding? Most breeders breed litters to improve their stock for the show ring or the trail. If they are doing neither you have to assume that their main motivation is cash! - not the best reason for breeding dogs.
How easy do they make it to buy a puppy? If you don't get the (friendly) third degree about your knowledge of the breed, the security of your garden & house etc. it is unlikely that they are a responsible breeder.
Will they let you see the mum and dad and all their other dogs? - you can learn a lot from the condition and temperament of the adult dogs in a breeder's kennel. On many occasions the breeder will have gone 'outside' for a mating so they won't actually own the stud dog, but they should be able to show you pictures, pedigree and health certification.
Although as a breed, the Siberian Husky is very healthy, all responsible breeders will screen their dogs for hereditary defects. In particular, they should be checked for hip and eye defects. Ask if the parents of the puppies are tested and ask to see the results.
Will they expect you to sign a puppy contract in which you undertake to return the dog direct to the breeder if for any reason you cannot keep it? All responsible breeders will insist on this. So - that is what you look for when you find a breeder, but how do you find one?
Will the puppies have breeding/export restrictions on their KC papers? All reputable and responsible breeders will insist on this to protect their dogs from irresponsible breeding.
If you cannot tick all these boxes with a breederwalk away, breathe a sigh of relief and look elsewhere. It may take you some time, but it will be worth it in the long run. All husky puppies are beautiful, so dont be tempted to buy the first one you see.
You need to be extremely careful when choosing a breeder. The biggest safeguard you can have is doing your homework thoroughly before even approaching a breeder. The fact that a breeder may be a member of a breed club is no guarantee that the breeder is ethical, nor is membership of the Kennel Club accredited breeder scheme. Over the years, we have come across some appalling puppy farmers who have been members of breed clubs and the KC scheme.
A good breeder to me is someone who has there breed at heart and shows that in there personality when you go and view puppies I like breeders who are very happy to talk to you and share some knowledge and who make you feel comftable and will ansew any questions you have as daft as they may sound.* Then comes the health of the animals I like breeders who care about that too the best they can.* and then lastly a good breeder to me is one who prices the puppies fairly.
Personally this is a hard one, because I have always sworn never to buy from a litter, only adopt rescues. But I know this isn't for everyone, so in the sense of what I would like to see ALL breeders doing, these are my top choices....
a) actively encourage people seeking their breed to try a breed specific rescue org if the breeder doesn't have a litter planned, rather than encouraging them to wait
b) pro-actively erase hireditory (sp?) faults without introducing new ones (inadvertantly or otherwise - breeding is a huge responsibility - if you want to do it, you should be prepared to do the research)
c) introduce an early Neurological Stimulation system with the pups and make good headway with basic training
d) offer sound, life-long advice to owners and guarantee a life-time-no-expiry-date return policy
Who'd be a breeder?!?!?
In a nutshell, 'someone who genuinely cares about the breed'.
To add a proviso, in the context of health testing, this means to use the information to the best of our ability when breeding. In the case of Labradors (ok I'm biased) we could have lost some important and influential dogs from the breed if health testing were a tick box. Health testing should not exclude dogs, but should include them in a breeding programme in an informative manner.