A friend of mine owns a male Papillon and would like to hire him out for stud purposes when he's old enough.(is that the proper terminology?) So, how old is old enough? How can we find out this kind of info & related info. Does anyone know a good website, perhaps? Thanks in advance.
Check out some of the information on http://www.papillonclub.org/ that's the homepage for the papillon club of america. Pay particular attention to the 'health'section. No dog, male or female, should be bred before it is 2 years old. Papillons generally are healthy animals, but they are somewhat prone to luxating patellas, and to progressive retinal atrophy, both genetic disorders that can be passed to their offspring. Tell your friend he should have his Papillon's knees x-rayed and certified OFA good or better, and that the dog's eyes should be checked by a board certified opthamologist for abnormalities. Many dog shows frequently do Eye clinics for as little as $20, it's the cheapest (and in my opinion) best way to go. If the dog opthamologist gives the dog the clear, you can just send in the paperwork to CERF to have an official record that the dogs eyes are normal. You can check out dog shows in your area that might be running an eye clinic at www.infodog.com and click on 'show information'. Look at the 'premium lists', they'll have an ad for the eye clinics, heart clinics, even microchippings there.
Teeker, I am sure Jan wasn't being rude, but these kind of questions usually cause an uproar from the folks wishing to change peoples poor breeding habits and make a better world for dogs. They are right, those who breed need to do it with the right intentions and do it properly. Minniyar gave you great advice. Everyone hopes that your friend just isn't out to make a buck and put more dogs on this earth that end up at a pound. Most of the breeders on here have good homes lined up for the pups before they are even born. That makes sense to me. These people tend to be more serious about owning a pet and keeping them, so they will wait for it. But as I started to say....this type of question sometimes starts a "riot" because some people will come in and ask a question like that to get everyone all riled up and to get them to argue. If you are serious then keep asking questions and I am sure everyone will be glad to help your friend be a good breeder. There is a lot to learn.
teeker- when I first started on this forum, I thought people were rude, too. But I found out they are just passionate about the health and well-being of animals. They feel there are so many dogs out there already, why bring more in the world...especially if you are an inexperienced breeder. So many things can go wrong.
Perhaps so, but if he/she had looked more carefully at the topics, he/she would have seen a similar thread on the labrador. So a bit of his/her own time invested in research won't waste anybody elses. Now I know people are going to go off on this but I really AM tired of seeing the same old topics come up one immediately after the other. And I know I'm not the only one.
I think you should give a new member the benefit of asking a question when they are well meaning...it would be nice if the search function ever worked and it didn't so it was taken away...if we had the search...people could look for the answer to their question before posting. Being that it doesn't work, it is really hard to go back over so many posts to see if the questions has been asked. I think it was a honest question...well meaning and shouldn't be jumped upon...people here need to relax alittle and not alway assume that everyone is out to make trouble.
Jan, in all fairness most newcomers are not aware of how many times that topic has been discussed, until they have been here a while. You on the other hand knew exactly what the content was going to be so you could have just ignored it.
teeker, I'd also go to google.com and do a search that way. Jan, i agree, you shouldn't leave just cuz someone told you too. But cricketmom is right, some of those topics aren't on the first page. I ,for one, don't go further then the first page. That's just because I don't see the point. And the topic search, from what i have heard, isn't working right.