I found these questions on a bulldog forum, written by one of our members, True_pits. It is the most comprehensive list I have ever seen. I think that if everyone who insists on buying from a breeder was to ask all these questions, and not buy unless they were all answered in a satisfactory way, it would greatly cut down on the business (and hopefully amount of litters) of many less scrupulous breeders. I think they could help anyone who insists on breeding as well, in that it would cut down on the amount of people breeding if they would just decide not to do it if they could not answer all of those questions satisfactorily.
Ask the breeder questions, good breeders don't mind questions, most prefer to be asked questions. Ask them if they are good with kids? Have a good temperament? A correct temperament for the breed? Ask the goals of their breeding program and what the goal of this breeding is? What type of guarantee they have? What health test they have? What health problems have they dealt with? Do they temperament test? Do they know the correct temperament of their breed? Ask to see the pedigree on both parents. Ask why they have bred these two individuals. What the bloodline is known for-pros and cons. Will the litter be evaluated for conformation? What about temperament? What are the ancestors of the litter like? What about the siblings of the parents? What titles have your dogs earned? Why did you choose this dog for your breeding program? Do you have a contract? Ask to read and view the contract. Ask about replacement or taking back/buying back the pup. If their is an age limit or restrictions involved in this.
To me, these questions are a good way to tell if you are dealing with a responsible breeder, as far as the technical breeding aspects, or if you are dealing with someone with cute sweet dogs who is a BYB. Of course, they should already have homes lined up for the pups, and screen carefully to whom they are sold. Regardless of whether they are going to pet homes or to show homes.
One of the problems I see is that there are so many breeders who are nice people and truly believe they are responsible, and do care about the animals, but yet are not breeding the best of the best, and therefore are just one more back yard breeder creating more pit bulls.
Nice article. I agree not only APBT and Am Staff terrier breeding should be taken with a great deal of knowledge and care. But that's with any pure breed of dog. However I feel you are insinuating not everyone should be allowed to own a pure blooded APBT. I don't agree with how this struck me when I read it. I'm not typing this to argue at all because I can agree for the most part. I learned on my own to breed great APBT. However, I do not have a website nor any show medals for any of my dogs. But there are folks who love American pitbulls who dont have the money in this economy to afford a 1,500 to 3,500 dollar APBT. Sure, there are 'byb' in dealing with any breed in all parts of the world. But to classify anyone who isn't drowned in medals with dogs they breed a backyard breeder doesn't sit well with me. Just in knowing I started with basically no knowledge and 2 fine dogs. They aren't bred for fighting and I won't sell to anyone without knowing in my own mind with getting some sort of relationship with the possible owner. I'm just saying there are APBT owners, breeders, and lovers who don't have thousands to put in what is IMO the best breed of dog I've dealt with. Not everyone in this description is a backyard breeder. That's more or less saying I am. And that's not the case. Sure, I'd love more money being available to put into my breeding as to it would go to a good cause in the sense of this great breed. But great list of tips regardless :)