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    As I have never gone out looking for a breeder I really can not say. I know there is a home made sign on the way to a town here that says cattle dog pups for sale, it is there year round. I have never been there but that is where FIL got his male from. I have been told he has papers so I guess they are registered. I think I just might pop in there next time I am passing and have a sticky beak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    As I have never gone out looking for a breeder I really can not say. I know there is a home made sign on the way to a town here that says cattle dog pups for sale, it is there year round. I have never been there but that is where FIL got his male from. I have been told he has papers so I guess they are registered. I think I just might pop in there next time I am passing and have a sticky beak.

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    What puggerup said about reputation and bloodlines...

    The trick would be how you decide if someone has a good reputation and how you decide what makes good blood lines. Even the race horse industry has a hard time with this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    Are there exceptions too this rule?
    No, I don't think so.

    However by kennel I mean actual kennels with fenced concrete runs. Puppies reared under these conditions are often poorly socialised and usually difficult to toilet train.

    Certainly my pedigree Border Collie was not house reared but nor was she reared in a concrete kennel and run. Holly was bred by farmers who showed and worked their dogs. Very rare in those days and unheard of now I would think after they changed the breed standard to eliminate dogs capable of doing a hard days work. There was a fenced front yard in front of the farm house and Holly's litter was born and raised outdoors but close enough to the house to be well socialised with people and household noises.

    The only kennel raised dog I've had is my Whippet and although he is very gentle he is totally freaked out by strangers and usually hides from them.

    IMO no good breeder should ever keep more dogs than they can treat as members of the family. Kennels should be for temporary use only. My Pugs did a lot of winning in the show ring and very occasionally I bred a carefully planned litter but always they were my beloved pets first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deerhound View Post
    No, I don't think so.

    However by kennel I mean actual kennels with fenced concrete runs. Puppies reared under these conditions are often poorly socialised and usually difficult to toilet train.

    Certainly my pedigree Border Collie was not house reared but nor was she reared in a concrete kennel and run. Holly was bred by farmers who showed and worked their dogs. Very rare in those days and unheard of now I would think after they changed the breed standard to eliminate dogs capable of doing a hard days work. There was a fenced front yard in front of the farm house and Holly's litter was born and raised outdoors but close enough to the house to be well socialised with people and household noises.

    The only kennel raised dog I've had is my Whippet and although he is very gentle he is totally freaked out by strangers and usually hides from them.

    IMO no good breeder should ever keep more dogs than they can treat as members of the family. Kennels should be for temporary use only. My Pugs did a lot of winning in the show ring and very occasionally I bred a carefully planned litter but always they were my beloved pets first.
    Oh rightyo. Fair enough!
    I had a different vision of a 'kennel'.
    I completely agree though!
    Education not Legislation

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    I judge a breeder on the basis of recommendation

    Face to face I judge them by how they behave at shows, how they speak of others and as far as their homes go? As long as the pups and dogs are healthy and well looked after and appear well loved - that is all I can go by

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