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    Hi all,

    What things should I be asking a breeder that we are thinking of buying our puppy from?

    We are still tossing up between Beagles and Cavaliers. I know that Cav's are more inclined to have genetic defects. Is it reasonable to expect a breeder to do DNA testing to rule out common genetic defects in Cavs?

    TIA???

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    Ask to see parents - or at least parents pedigree - if the bitch isn't there then I would be suspicious

    Ask them what sort of genetic tests are done on their lines and their dogs

    I would be looking for a breeder who gives me a hard time - asks me all sorts of questions and is willing to give after sale help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    Ask to see parents - or at least parents pedigree - if the bitch isn't there then I would be suspicious

    Ask them what sort of genetic tests are done on their lines and their dogs

    I would be looking for a breeder who gives me a hard time - asks me all sorts of questions and is willing to give after sale help
    Thanks Occy!

    What do you mean by giving 'me a hard time'?


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    Quote Originally Posted by amy86 View Post

    What do you mean by giving 'me a hard time'?

    Asking you a million intrusive questions to see if you have the right environment, family set up, time etc to be good enough for one of their breed of pups.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    what she said

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    What she said, and what she said. Lol.

    seriously, you need to ask them whatever questions you wnt to know. Don't be afraid to ask lots of questions - that will show the breeder that YOU too are genuine and seriously interested in getting the best puppy you can.

    Find out if their dogs are part of their family (as inside the house) or are they kept up the back in a kennelling situation.
    Try to visit both sire and dam and see what their temperament is like. If neither are available to see, nah, not someone I'd feel comfortable with.
    Ask them if they are willing to give you help and support for as long as you may need it after the purchase.
    Ask them what tests have been done on the sire and dam = each breed usually has some health problem that needs to be sure isn't passed on, so find out what health problems your chosen breed tend to suffer with and ask the breeder all about what tests they have done for this and that etc...Also, ask for required proof, not just their bloody say-so IYKWIM.

    Ask about diet and what will/are they rearing the puppies on. Is that diet suitable for you?
    Ask how often they will be wormed prior to you picking him/her up. Check how many vaccinations will be done prior to your picking him/her up.

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    If you're worried about genetics, ask them how long you might expect one of their dogs to live. I've heard horror reports about Boxers only living to 7 yo and yet I personally know a couple of boxers much older than that.

    The dog star daily digital training before you get a puppy bit has some good questions.

    Pick the puppy that clearly loves your company, pays attention when you talk to it...

    How to Select a Good Breeder | Dog Star Daily

    It also helps if you meet the breeders or dogs at beagle / cav club events and get a feel for who is well regarded there. You're looking for people prepared to say who they like and admire not the ones that are all negative.

    Also ask (and get in writing) if they will take the dog back if something goes wrong and you can't keep it or it has a major health problem that you can't handle (like being blind - though this is unlikely with beagle/cav).

    And what the others said.

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    As a breeder I can say that I think the term "a hard time" is a bit much. I think a little honesty between both parties goes a very long way. Puppy purchasers don't want to be treated like they're the scum of the earth unless they extensively prove otherwise. And good breeders don't either. There is middle ground, just like with most things.

    The best way is to think about it from the other party's point of view. Imagine that you are the breeder and you've invested years of planning, months of work and countless dollars into a litter of pups. Think about the things that you would like to know about a prospective home for one of those precious babies. Offer that sort of info to your breeders up front and see how you go.

    Breeders don't want your life story in an initial contact, but some basic info that shows that you're making a genuine enquiry (such as putting name and ph number etc into an email) and some honest background about your situation and interest level is great.

    And like with many things, if you get a really bad feeling about someone or a particular situation, there is probably a reason for it.

    Good genuine puppy homes are like gold, and breeders will appreciate them as such if they find them. But breeders go through much screening of rubbish enquiries to confirm them so don't get offended if they're nosy to start with.

    And don't forget that Beagles and Cavs are often subject to puppy farm or impulse purchase situations so good breeders are extra extra careful.

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