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What ??? Should Be Asked When Buying A Pup?

EDOGZ818

Big Dog
What questions should be asked when buying a pup?

Here are a few of mine , please ad a few of yours:

1) What is the purpose of this breeding?

2) What have the parents done to show you that they are worthy to be bred?

3) Have the parents { Sire / Damn } produced any dogs that are worthy of being bred ?

4) If so , what have those dogs done to show you that they are worthy of being bred?

5) Have any other dogs in the Sire's / Dam's litter proved to be worthy of being bred?

6) How did the parents' of the Sire / Dam prove they were dogs that were worthy of being bred?

7) Have the parents' of the Sire / Dam produced any dogs that proved they were worthy to bred?
8) If so , what did those dogs do to prove they were worthy of being bred?

9) What do you feel makes a "QUALITY" APBT?

10) What are you trying to re-create with this breeding?

11) Why do you think this breeding will create that?

12) How will this breeding produce better "QUALITY" APBT's than ehe one's being bred?

13) Has this breeding been done before?

14) Is this an experimental breeding?

15) What health testing have you done on the Sire and Dam?

16) If the Sire and Dam have been bred before, did their previous pups pass their health tests?

17) Are the Sire and Dam's parents health tested?

18) Are the pups being sold on contract?

19) Do you offer any kind of health guarantee on the pups you produce?

20) Do you screen all buyers before placing pups with them?

21) What are the traits of this line?

22) Do these dogs produce true to thier line?

23) What do you breed for?
 

CLMR

Little Dog
I follow a few rules when getting new stock for the yard.
1. I take my time and properly research the breeder/kennel of the strain I'm interested in.
2. I contact the breeder/kennel and discuss the pup/hound. For example, parentage, traits, health, conformation/structure, brand of feed, pick-up date/time/location and lastly price. I don't like it if the breeder/kennel brings up price before I do.
3. I will only get a pup/hound if I'm allowed to pick it up. I want to see the pup/hound in an environment they're use to. Most will stress and act differently when put in a new environment, so it's best to see them in their familiar surroundings.
4. I usually walk the yard to see the other dogs on the yard and I inform the breeder/kennel that I want to pet all the dogs on the yard. I want to see if the hounds on the yard are stable or not, healthy, defects in structure or soundness, overall cleanliness of the yard, etc.
5. I'll get a health certificate and any other paperwork from the breeder/kennel and then I'll pay for the pup/hound.
6. Make sure you bring the proper kennel for the pup/hound, a properly fitted collar (loose enough to allow two fingers to slide under the collar when buckled), leash, food/water bowls, towels/throw away rugs (I put the towel/throw away rug on the bottom of the kennel for the pup/hound. Most will stress during the first couple of transports, resulting in some sort of discharge. I immediately find the next exit and throw away the towel/rug with discharge and put a fresh replacement towel/rug. Most pups will require you to stop about every 50 miles and a bigger hound, about every 100 miles.) Try to bring the same exact feed that the breeder is feeding, or as a last resort tell the breeder that you need enough feed for a week for the pup/hound. Water, I only use bottled water and I have never had any problems with water.
This works for me and to tell you the truth some of the best hounds I own I got really cheap or free. Be honest and fair with the breeder/kennel and they'll trust and respect you. clmr
 

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Susie Q

Little Dog
Also:
-What about attitude to people? Any aggression to people (Sir/Dam or their grand-dad/grandmorher)
-What the parents & puppies are eating- RAW or dry pet nutrition?
-There are so many dogs with demodex in our countries (Ukraine, Russia, Belarus). So, I must know about this
 
I think when finding a breeder you should look or
- OFAs and proof of those
-Titles
-Pedigree
-Contract
-Shots
-Puppy culture
Also ask:
May I see the dam and sire?
How long have you been breeding?
What food are they on?
Are the parents titled?
Are the pups taken to the vet for shots?
Do you do puppy culture?
Do you breed based on standard?
What titles have the parents earned?
You also want to look at:
The dog's conditions
The parents an their temperament
The puppies area
What enrichment they do
The attitude of the breeders
Price
The info they give on the breed
A reputable breeder will NOT:
Sell a puppy to just anyone
Will not put their puppies in a pet shop to be sold
Sell based on color
Let a puppy go home before 8 weeks
Won't give you proof of health testing and pedigree
Sell doodle mutts
Lie about the breed. They should be open to health problems of the breed
Will not give free puppies

This is just in general. For the pit bull a lot don't health test, but make sure the know what they are doing and have healthy dogs

How to find a reputable breeder:
DO YOUR RESEARCH!
Check out different sites
Make sure they still breed
Check reviews on the kennel if at all possible
E-mail the breeder to ask any questions
Don't go and get a dog just because it looks cute. Do research to find the best breed and breeder.
Don't buy the cheapest pup you can find. This can lead to a butt load of health problems
Make sure you are finically prepared. Puppies cost a lot o money for all of the tings the need like shots, food, collars, crates, toys, etc.
Make sure you mentally ready to take on a puppy
Make sure your living space is adequate
Make sure everyone in your family wants a puppy

What a pup needs:
Food
Time
Collar and leash
Food and water bowl
Crate
Chew toys
An anything else you find that you need

If you have any questions just reply to me :)
 

oldman

Little Dog
The first thing and the most important.
Research the breed of dog before you do anything else.
The biggest problem our breed has is the people who think they want one and do not even know what the breed was developed for.