The Breeder

I have literally talked to hundreds of breeders over the years and from one to another there are vast differences. What makes a good breeder? This is one of the most perplexing questions that prospective puppy buyers will ask themselves. There are so many; how do you find the right one? A good breeder is hard to find so when you do find one, hold onto them.

A list of what is important to me:

1. A compassionate and caring person; afterall if they don't care about their puppies or you why are they breeding? A breeder who puts the right dog with the right people.

2. Someone who does not just breed; but researching all the genetic health issues concerning breeding.

3. I want a breeder who puts temperament up at the top of the list. Temperament can make or break a dog; this is hugely important. A good breeder will alter any dog with a borderline temperament.

4. Structure; no matter what is "in style" will breed for sound structure.

5. Believes that dogs are a part of the family; their dogs live in the house with the rest of the family.

6. Communication; not all canine guardians are knowledgable on dog behavior. You want someone you can talk to; the sort of person who believes there is no stupid question. If you need guidance; you should be able to turn to your breeder.

7. Good breeders will take back their dogs whenever and for whatever reason; afterall it is their offspring (well their dog's offspring).

8. Recommendations; a good breeder will refer you to other good breeders if they do not have what you are looking for.

These are the most important things to me; there are other things that I consider but this is the top of the list. It can be a daunting task to find a breeder that you mesh with personally as well as having the similar ideologies as you. With time and effort you'll find what you looking for, be patient.

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