untrainable, and generally my breed is and how deeply they resented spending money on this breed. I listen
patiently, but time taught me not to defend 'good' breeders, or explain to the angry owners how their own ignorance
cuased them to become victimized.
There are many myths that abound in the dog world. Unfortunately, each allows unscrupulous breeders to take
advantage of eager, prospective, puppy buyers.
Here are some of the most common myths:
Registered dogs are good quality. Even puppy mills register their puppies and get the papers.
If the parents have papers, the puppy is a good one. Wrong. Actually, if the parent's papers do not have a blue
boarder, then the puppy's parent is registered as "Not good enough for breeding." In many cases, these breeders show
the parent's papers to prospective buyers, but explain that the litter is not registered in an attempt to save
money. This is a lie. They didn't register the litter because the puppies are not purebred, and unregisterable. It
takes less than $25.00 to register a puppy.
"You don't need to take breeding stock to 'dog shows,' because it is all political." Sorry, but I hate hearing this
one from hobby breeders. I have been in the dog world for more than 20 years and have shown more than 4 breeds. Yes,
when it comes to the BIG shows, or the Best In Show wins, there are politics involved. But, when it comes to getting
the LOWEST award a dog can get (which is becoming a champion) there is little to prevent any breeder from showing
and winning – unless they know their dogs are not good quality. All the title of champion means is that more than
one judge considers the dog is good enough for breeding.
Poor quality parents = poor quality puppies. Many people believe they only need two purebred parents to produce good
quality puppies. This is not true. Many hereditary diseases, like joint problems, are avoided by good breeders who
understand bloodlines and structure. If the breeder thinks they can breed different body types together, and get
consistently healthy puppies, they shouldn't be breeding.
If both parents are champions, the puppies are good. Again, buyer beware. It is relatively easy to make a good dog a
champion. Hobby and unscrupulous breeders know this, so they finish one or two dogs (not most of them), and then con
new buyers into believing that 'championship' is the pinnacle of a dog's career, instead of the lowest award it can
So, how can you protect yourself? Here are some helpful hints that will help you avoid ending up with a puppy you
cannot live with.
Visit at least 10 breeders, before looking at a puppy.
Never let a breeder put a puppy in your hands, or tell you it will be gone tomorrow if you don't buy it now. In
fact, most good breeders will not let you have the puppy after a first visit. Most good puppy owners do not take
money on the first visit.
Never take your children when looking at puppies.
Contact the national breed association and ask questions.
Make sure the breeder does not consistently use males and females from their own kennel. The males most good kennels
use come from top winning stock.
A health guarantee is only valuable if you, the puppy buyer, is willing to go to court. In many cases, they are not
worth the paper they are written on. Instead, ask for the names of 5 – 10 people who ownes one of these dog's
puppies for more than a year.
Ask the breeder for vet records showing when the breeder had the parents checked for hereditary defects.
Don't buy from breeders who always have puppies. Also, when it comes to kennels, bigger is not better. Large
operations, even 'show' ones, are businesses. They are more concerned with income than the relationship between you
and your new puppy.
Don't buy a cheap puppy. Find the average price of a puppy, and look for puppies in that price range. It is
expensive, 'properly' raising a litter of puppies. And, it is easy for a good breeder to sell puppies. So, if a
breeder is selling bargain puppies, then something is wrong.
Beware of breeders who breed their female pet. Rarely do they possess the knowledge needed to breed a good litter.
More important, I have known about entire networks of people selling puppies, believing they are helping a breeder.
Instead, these people are selling puppies for a puppy mill. No one will go to a stinky farm and select their puppy
from dozen's of litters. No one is that naïve anymore. So, puppy mills have become very savvy, even buying 'show
ribbons', to make themselves appear more legit.
If you can avoid these mistakes, you will reduce the risk of buying a poor quality puppy.
There are some facts I can give you. All the reputable, concerned breeders I have met have three things in common.
1. They love to talk about their breed.
2. They are not in any hurry to sell a puppy.
3. They only breed 1 – 5 litters a year.
Suzanne James is instructor of the online course "Pick the right dog for you" at http://www.universalclass.com. She
ran a dog training school, and has shown and bred 4 breeds of dogs. And, she is the author of the book,'How to Pick
the Right Puppy for You' available at http://www.todaybooks.com Currently she breeds Chinese Crested dogs under the
name Orchid Kennels