A recent thread sparked my interest regarding your thoughts on breeders.
I would like to know what you personally look for in a dog breeder?
What is important to you, and what isn't?
Here are some of the things I look for in a good breeder...
-breeding for sound temperament
-screening for genetic health defects
-someone who has planned breedings
-someone who does not sell to petstores
-breeding to preserve or better the breed
-a knowledgeable breeder, with references
-breeding as a hobby as opposed to breeding for money
-someone who keeps contact after the sale, if need be(for questions for example)
-guarantees regarding health, and contracts regarding taking the pups back if anything
-someone who respects the female dog's body and does not breed her too young, too old or too often
-someone who provides the proper care, veterinary attention and socialization the pups require before going to their new homes
-someone who puts time and energy into activities with their dogs, whether it be showing, agility, or provides an outlet in the field
that the specific breed is bred for or excels in(for example Lure Coursing for the Basenji)
...and so forth
Please let me know what is important to you in a breeder? And why?
I appreciate your feedback.