I am a small hobby breeder of Golden Retrievers. We have 4 adults and all of them have hip, elbow, heart, eye and thyroid clearances. I too started out a little naive, but have since learned a ton and have put a ton of research, money and love into my dogs. I am open to any questions and love to help people out. Also wanted to add that our stud, Jake, just got his AKC CGC and was certified as a therapy dog.
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I am a breeder as well, Boston Terriers and soon to be Neopolitan Mastiffs. We have been breeders for about 3 generations, but I personally for 10 years.I'm always willing to answer questions and help out in any way I can. We also do extensive genetic and health testing,and also show our dogs.
I'm a breeder with 18 years experience with Labradors, both show and pet. We also do extensive testing, OFA-twice (prelims before 2 and then after 2) eyes ACVO clear annually, PRA, and heart&Health annually as my vet comes to us for yearly exams.
I am also very open to assisting anyone with anything pending they have the interest of their breed at heart and are trying to do this properly. I also love working with folks that have different breeds.
I have been involved with Siberian Huskies for about 10 yrs now. I started out just having them as pets and did some recreational sledding. I am just beggining to get involved with dog showing. We have not bred yet, although I have considered it for years, and have been doing all of the necessary research involved. Patience, patience! It just never seemed like the right dog, or the right time came along. Our babies are too young and we want to work on their show career before we do anything, even when they are old enough. When it is time, and if they turn out to standard, we will do all of the appropriate testing. We are big on making sure the dog can really DO what it is bred for. In our case sledding/packing. We have 5 at our place now, 1 neutered boy, 1 neutered rescue boy, 1 5.5 month old female whom we will show, 1 12 wk old male we are really excited about and will show. We also have a foster dog that is a 1yr old spayed female. She will be going to her new home this weekend though.
I am a big advocate for rescuing. You know what they say, 'If you don't rescue, don't breed!' When we get our building built, I plan on also running a Siberian rescue as well. I know, BIG PLANS/DREAMS!!! LOL!!
Huskysee... I agree with this quote, "I am a big advocate for rescuing. You know what they say, 'If you don't rescue, don't breed!'' All breeders should be involved with rescue in some way
I also agree with any breeder doing rescue. I have respect for this type of breeder. I would also like to ask that question and instead of high jacking this thread I will start my own and see how many breeders do the rescue also.
The middle of this month I'm meeting a lady involved with showing, I really like Lhasa Apso's, so I'm going to see if I think I like the Lhasa as a whole, which I think I do. I am in college so its going to be a couple years before I really get going. First though, I'll get a dog, then he/she would get their eyes tested, then begin the showing career. Hopefully by the time their 2 years their finished as well, and then they'd get tested for hips/heart/knees/ears/temperament test, and then as long as those all come out good then I'd look to breed. So, I plan on being involved with Lhasas. Once Jeff and I really get going money wise, or just get our permanent careers, I'll also be involved with rescues. Mostly dogs and a bird or two. I'm excited for what the future holds, but I'm going to be busy busy.
Because I was "lucky" enough to receive a PM from the OP I will post even though this thread does not apply to me.
I graduated from college with a degree in Animal Science...I passed the state board exam and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in the state of California. I worked in an animal hospital for 10 years doing a number of things from phlebotomy, unrinalysis, CBCs, fecals (ect), anesthesia, dentals, radiographs and many more things related to animal care. It was a small animal practice.
I also began training dogs in college and was an assistant to an animal behaviorist for about three years. I have throughly trained 4 of my own dogs and competed with two of them (obedience and agility). The same two were also certified therapy dogs with the Delta Society. I volunteered at Shriners Hospital and various convalscent hospitals. I also fostered mama cats and their litters for the local SPCA.
I am NOT a breeder. I don't imagine ever being a breeder. Just not sure it's for me. If I was to decide to make that commitment I would find a good mentor in the breed of my choice (corgis) and go from there.
My question to the OP is what is the point of this thread? I certainly hope you are not implying that breeders are the only ones with knowledge to share....
Corgi I'm not going to get baited into a fight here. As the OP states... breeders have their own thread. That distinction was made by the owner of this site and not myself.
I asked you to post because I knew you could offer some valuable expertise and the members might benefit from knowing what you do if you chose to share it.
It really wouldn't have mattered what I titled this thread someone would make something out of it. If you feel your experience is noteworthy to post here then do so. Not for me but for others who might want to know.
Just that it for what it's worth. Put 50 cents with it and buy yourself a soda is what my dad would say about it.
It takes less talent to indentify a problem than it does to solve it.
I raise Dogue De Bordeaux Mastiffs. I'm not here for any politics so to say just to learn, teach and have some fun at times as well ;)
Feel free to PM me at any time regarding my breed. I have only had 2 litters and hopefully expecting my third. I consider myself to be a responsible hobby breeder and so do many others. I have relationships with several breeders in the USA, Canada and several Eurpean countries Etc. I am always open to suggestions and knowledge and will offer the same to any one looking.
If you want to talk Bordeaux I'm your gal. If I don't know the answer I'll tell you that I don't and then we can find it together!
I have to say that I have found this forum to be very informative and I will constantly work to be the kind of BREEDER that you will all respect :) That's all folks!
You know Blue I didn't really expect you to answer my question. I wasn't trying to start a fight just pointing out that there are plenty of nonbreeders on here who have a lot of knowledge to share. I just hate the idea of people having to justify their knowledge to you or anyone else.