Which makes me think what (or who) is a reputable breeder?
Originally Posted by Mollinator
Is it someone registered by AKC or is it more to that? It is actually up to a person who buys a dog. Firstly, if a person likes a certain breed, and wants to buy a puppy, it is necesary to investigate all about that breed, from its character to health issues. When you're familiar with possible genetic problems that breed might carry you should then look for a breeder that really cares about health apart from just breeding for looks or character.
A breeder who really cares makes sure and takes evidence of ancestors' health ie. does not breed if certain health tests have not been done and has record track to prove that they have been done (hip/elbow x-rays, deafness test for certain breeds, eye tests for certain breeds etc).
Has your breeder provided you with the results of health tests for both the parents and the test results of grandparents (I don't know how it is in Australia, but hip results are supposed to be written in your dog's pedigree in order to get breeding permit, same goes with some other tests depending on a breed). Not a lot of people are aware of it and do not ask for it, and they should. Of course, sometimes health issues can occur even though all precautions have been taken and that's just a matter of bad luck then, unfortunately, and such dogs should not be bread further.
Respect and you shall be respected. Animal is always right.