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Old 04-20-2007, 07:18 PM   #1
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Default Finding a Breeder/difference w/pedigree

My best friend, after much research, has chosen to get a Westie.
I've told her where NOT to go, now how do I find a reputable breeder. I work in rescue mixes.
Also what is the difference if the dog has a pedigree

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Old 04-20-2007, 07:26 PM   #2
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I'd start making calls to breeders & ask questions about their dogs, sales policies, etc. Do they show? Make a list of breeder names who you've contacted & ask other breeders who also show their dogs if they know the person & try to get references.
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I would recommend looking for health checks.
Each breed has specific problems. Here are some for Westies:
http://www.westieclubamerica.com/health/concerns.html
Basically if the breeder cannot provide well-thought out answer to questions about any of these concerns, I say run - don't walk- away.

Best of luck to your friend.

And it is a GOOD thing you are doing!
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Old 04-20-2007, 07:42 PM   #4
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For the average pet owner the pedigree has very little meaning unless they want to compete with the dog. The pedigree is more for the benefit of the breeder as a valuable tool in mapping out a plan to produce the best dogs possible.

If your friend just wants a pet and isn't going to go to a "show" breeder, suggest that she find a breeder that is fully informed about the breed and its every strength and weakness. A local breeder who does health testing and breeds for soundness and temperament. Even then she must completely familarize herself with the breed and insist on seeing a copy of the actual results of the health testing and not take the breeders word for it. She should also insist on seeing both parents (or at least the mother) and the puppies in their home surroundings before making a decision. If the puppies are raised outside and not properly socialized--forget it.

Also bear in mind that unethical breeders know exactly what the buyers want to hear and how to play on their emotions. If the breeder doesn't ask ton's of questions about the new owners and is only interested in bragging about what great breeders they are and getting the check in their hand; run, don't walk!

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I would recommend looking for health checks.
Each breed has specific problems. Here are some for Westies:
http://www.westieclubamerica.com/health/concerns.html
Basically if the breeder cannot provide well-thought out answer to questions about any of these concerns, I say run - don't walk- away.

Best of luck to your friend.

And it is a GOOD thing you are doing!
Thanks I read your post On "Finding a Good breeder"

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Great advise applesmom

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