Have You Found A Good Breeder?
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE DEALING WITH AN EXPERIENCED,
KNOWLEDGEABLE, AND REPUTABLE BREEDER? This question can best be answered
by considering the conversation that takes place when you meet him or her. A good breeder will
want to know things about you, will tell you things about himself, and will tell you things about
the dogs in his or her kennel. Here is a guide to help you determine if you are dealing with a
good breeder of Curly Coated Retriever.
Regarding You, the Breeder Should Ask Questions Such As:
- Who are the members of your household?
- What is your lifestyle?
- What kind of home do you live in?
- Do you have a fenced in yard?
- What do you know about Curly Coated Retrievers?
Regarding Him or Herself, the Breeder Should:
- Belong to the National and local Curly Coated Retriever breed clubs.
- Show his/her dogs in conformation and/or obedience, and/or field. While the breeder should be active in showing, don't go on show record alone. It is easy in a small breed to stack the entries, and finish many Champions at an early
age by simply showing littermates against littermates. You should talk to other breeders and see what they have to say about the dogs you are looking at. Go to
shows, if consistently the only dogs being shown are from the same kennel, you may want to look elsewhere.
- Help with rescue and/or public education for Curly Coated Retriever.
- Require a spay/neuter contract with each sold puppy.
- Offer a contract which guarantees health and freedom from genetic defects. Hip dysplasia, Eye problems, Coat patterning, epilepsy, Cardiac problems to name a few
- Provide copies of both parents OFA hip results and CERF eye results. Note, some breeders will offer copies of OFA elbow results and the dog will have failing hips, make sure the OFA results the breeder gives you are for Hips.
- Offer proof of temperament testing (and a guarantee).
- Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of owning a Curly Coated Retriever.
- Discuss general health matters and breed defects found in Curly Coated Retriever.
- Require you to return the dog if you cannot keep it for some unforeseen reason.
- Be available to help you at anytime during the dog's entire life.
Regarding the Dogs in the Breeder's Kennel, You Should:
- Be invited to the breeder's home to see the dogs.
- See happy, friendly, outgoing, tail wagging puppies.
- Find a clean, safely fenced in, warm, nurturing area for the dogs.
- Be referred to previous purchasers to ask them about their satisfaction.
- Don't be afraid to ask the Parent club if there have been any complaints filed against the breeder.
REMEMBER-A GOOD BREEDER IS WORTH FINDING !!!