I emailed a breeder a had found online a few questions. After I received a few positive responses I asked what health test(s) she runs on her breeding pairs. This was her response:
I do not run any health checks, I just take good care of all my dogs and keep up with teeth, shots, worming and if we do have any kind of problem we go straight to the Vet.
I don't know how someone can jusitify asking for $1400 for a puppy, yet doesn't run health test. Oh, and that's not for a show puppy, just a pet quailty. She seems like a nice lady, but I think I'm going to continue looking.
Wow. First off, I definitely think you should keep looking. You are right on that decision. Did you get a gut feeling when you read that e-mail, Blackqueen? From you post, I'm going to guess you did! LOL! I know there are some people out there that think that simply breeding thier dogs & keeping them up to date on shots & going to the vet when something is wrong is enough. In my opinion, if you have that dog as a pet, then, yes, that's fine. However, if you are going to breed your dogs, then you need to know about thier background, what traits they may pass on to thier offspring, and especially run whatever tests are necessary for that breed. In example, for my Newfs, the are CERF tested every year, they get their PennHip done at about 1 year, they are DNA tested for cystinuria (common in Newfs) at about that time, too, as well as for recessive/dominant genes. They are all DNA logged with the AKC in case anyone questions parentage. Believe me, none of this stuff is cheap by any means. Then there is yearly check-ups and shots, and any accidentals. Then when puppies are born, more vet visits, etc. I don't "make" any money on my puppies, and frankly, I don't care. I love my dogs & I love bringing happiness to others when they take one of the pups home. It really ticks me off when I see/hear of someone just breeding their dogs & not taking any extra steps to ensure the health of thier dogs or the pups, then asking a price for the pups that would be reasonable for a breeder to ask that has done testing, etc. I'm not sure what breed you are looking at, though, so maybe that's an ok price? I know some breeds are pretty pricey, though. Sorry so long, feel free to correct/add if you want!
Its kinda amusing when I read emails like that. I just got my DNA brushes from a professor and scientist at a university who is breaking the color codes on dogs. My dogs are all part of her study and I know all of the colors that they carry.
I'm boggled honestly. While health testing is not the be all and end all, it is important in its own way. One should not be blind about it, yet one should also not do it. "My dogs are healthy" is not good enough, sadly. Once, it was.
Red flag! Did you are a previous post about 'bad bredders'? I don't know what it was called. And that was one of the things. I think if you are going to spend that much I'd want the test. Especially if you are going to breed the dog later or show! Anyway....Good luck in your search, I think you did the right thing What breed were you looking at anyway?