Hi I've put a deposit on a new puppy where the stud is AKC with a "hip" certificate, and the Mom is a ACA registered. We are not going to breed / show the dog (it is a Golden Retriever) and I've seen the breeders house, with the pups, met the Mom dog..... Does AKC registration matter for a family pet?
It doesn't really matter but it makes me wonder why the mother is not AKC registered. ACA is not a reputable registration and I personally wouldn't buy a dog that was ACA registered. Especially being a golden, they are so overbred and inbred you want to know exactly what you are getting.
What kind of health guarantee are they offering you?
Yes, they should offer a health guarantee. If not I would be talking to them and try to get my deposit back. Sometimes breeders will not give deposits back, but I sure would try. I would not buy that puppy if they do not offer a health guarantee.
You want at least a 2 year health guarantee on any puppy you buy. You want the guarantee to cover genetic disorders... in goldens you want it cover hip dysplasia, congenital eye defects, heart problems, and possbily skin allergies.
You also want them to cover your dog for at least 48hrs after purchase to be healthy from parvo, distemper, etc.
Get your deposit back and find a better breeder. Both parents should be OFA and CERF tested (hips and eyes) and you want a guarantee.
The deposit was only $100 so I'm not too worried, I do want to end up with a nice dog (we have 3 kids) Have you heard of BrucesPuppies??? I thought it sounded like a puppy mill, but they do have the AKC for both parents and the health guarantee.
Also just because one parent has good hips doesn't mean anything because if they didn't test the mother and she could have hip dysplasia, then puppies could still stand a really high chance of having it.
I would hate for you to buy a dog and you get it home and then it dies from Parvo, or some other disease and the people you bought it from says OH WELL. I would really rethink that puppy with no health guarantee.
If the dog is going to be a pet than papers dont really matter. I know people who have switched registries after being with the AKC. The pups were good quality she just didnt want to deal with the AKC anymore.
If the parents are healthy and the breeder is good and there is some kind of health guarentee than i dont see the problem. Atleast her dogs have some proof of thier pedigree.
If the parents are healthy and the breeder is good and there is some kind of health guarentee than i dont see the problem ------------------------------------ Yea, but I believe she said, the breeder gives no health guarantee with her pups....I'd look elsewhere.
You might want to start your search by going to http://www.grca.org That's the golden retriever parent club affiliated with the AKC. You should be able to find tips on finding a golden puppy and a breeder referral there.
You may also want to attend some dog shows in your area and talk to the people who are showing goldens. (Wait until the dogs are finished in the ring.) You should be able to meet some breeders at shows as well as people who got their dogs from responsible breeders. Such people can often point you in the right direction.