Ha well since I'm in the process of getting a Newfoundland puppy, I'll tell you what questions I asked. Do you show your dogs? What other activities do you do with your dogs? What titles do the sire and dam have? What kind of titles have other dogs your kennel has produced recieved? What health tests have been done on the sire and dam, and may I see copies of the results of the tests? What kennel clubs will my puppy be able to be registered in when I get him? What is most important to you when breeding? What tests (if any) will be done on the puppies before they go to their new homes? Do you provide a health guarantee? For how long? Are you active in your breed's national breed club or in local breed clubs? Is this the only dog breed you breed? (Beware of people who breed a lot of dog breeds, this screams puppymill) How long have you been breeding for? How long have you been involved in your breed? Why do you like it? What health issues have you seen crop up in dogs you've bred, and what do you do to keep them from happening again? How many litters a year does your kennel produce? How many dogs do you have right now? What kind of kennel set up do you have? Do you sell your dogs on a co-ownership basis? Do you sell pet quality dogs on limited registration? Can you recommend to me some good books that I can learn more about this breed? May i have some references, including your veterinarian? That's all I can think of for now, I'm sure some more questions will come to mind as soon as I click enter!
Do you have references of other buyers,how well are the puppies socialized,what kind of contract do you have,how many times has this female been bred,are the dogs tempermant tested,can I see the parents,are the dogs tested for any genetic defects.
Both of the previous are great!! They really have all the right questions when going to a breeder. If you have all of these, and the breeder is not reputable, they will have no idea what they were just hit with. Good questions....
What a wonderful thread. I am in the proces of aquiring a Labrador Retriever puppy. First I asked if they showed their dogs. Then I asked about the other activities they are involved in with the dogs. What titles do the mother and father have? What dogs have they produced that know have titles, health tests, and what kennel club the puppies were registered with. Then, I asked why breeding was important to them, what tests the pupies recieve, how long the health guarentee is for, are they active witht he local breed clubs, if they have other breeds, how long have they been breeding, how long they have been involved with the current breed, why do they like the breed, waht health problems have they seen, how many litters they have a year, how many dogs they own, what is their kennel set up, are dogs on a co-ownership basis, limited or full registration, if they can recomend some good books about the breed, and references. I did ask more, but I can't remember right now. Oh! I remember! I asked if they had buyers references, how do they socialize the puppies, what kind of contract they offer, how many time the female was bred, if the puppies are temperment tested, can they send parents pix, and if the dogs are tested against genetic defects. That's all I asked. I don't think I asked the breeder anything else. A couple of the breeder I talked to were very confused. I feel they are all necessary questions.
I also am in the process of searching for a breeder and puppy. After much research I typed up a three page "Breeder Questionnaire" that has room for notes and places to check off Yes/No answers. I have one printed out for each breeder as I interview with space for all breeder info such as email addresses, location, telephone #'s etc. I found that answers to questions @ this website as well as www.dvgrr.org/puppy.asp and www.briergoldens.com gave GREAT questions to help in these interviews. Even though both these websites are breed specific I would recommend taking a look because most is general and good common sense. I have discovered that two areas I am most interested in their answers are in the health section esp. OFA certification, epilepsy and health guarantees and if the breeders are showing or competing in any way. This really tells you how much confidence they have in their work and gives you good solid documentation to claims they make.
Those are all pointless unless you ask some other more important questions first.
Where are you? How much? What sex? What age? What color
A breeder can spend an hour answering all those questions to your satisfaction, but unless the pups are within your price, driving and age range, you will be wasting their time and yours.
I know I hate it when I take the time answering people all of those scripted questions they get from lists like these and then, after wasting my valuable time, they say sorry, too much/far/old/young/ or any other perquisite criteria they failed to mentioned in the first couple of min that could have ended the call right away with out wasting both of our time.
If I seem to have a superiority complex, it is because you make it so easy.
Some people claim that the puppies are raised in their home with children, when actually they are selling the puppies ( brokering )for another person. Many people will import puppies from foreign breeders at rock bottom prices and sell them for big bucks here in the united states. There are people on my French Bulldog forum that found this out when they went to register their pups.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
Denim -- I think Dusty answered your question quite well. A possible reason that a "breeder" would not have the mother is if that "breeder" is really a "broker." What minniyar was referring to I don't know....
Can I pet the mother and father, Can I pet any of your dogs, Where are the puppies put after they are potty trained? Do you start potty training them? Do they come with up to date shots, Are they wormed and how many times. Can I have records of everything?
nodogyet and dusty - the invisible question was to what minniyar stated in her post. I was asking her to explain what she meant when she said it was tricky to ask a "reputable breeder" to see the parents because they might not have the parents. My point was if she was really a "reputable breeder" she would have the mother, but I wanted to hear minniyar reason that the puppies and mother weren't together. I did start my post with minniyar, that is why I asked for the thread to be reread.