Sorry for the double post... re-read everything and wanted to finish responding to everything I wanted to respond to. Plus both of these posts are long so I don't want it to be just one MASSIVE post.
A good breeder should have both the mother (dam) and father (sire) on site, they should be willing t let you see both of them, and view the property, they should let you view where the puppies are kept, they should ask you questions and for a vet reference.
You should ask them how often they breed a female a year, if its over one year, do NOT buy from them, females who are bred more than once a year have a higher chance of having health issues, if a breeder breeds more than one breed of dog, I usually say stay away, a breede shold focus on one breed.
Not always the case. Many breeders to other sources for the sire... I would actually be more fearful of someone who ONLY breeds the dogs they have on campus and not branching out to other lines. I do agree about the rest, you should be able to see all aspects of where the dogs are kept and raised. And.. some breeders DO focus on more than one breed. I know someone who breeds Weimeraners (sp?) and English Bulldogs and she is DEFINITELY not a mill or a BYB.
Also, make sure they test for genetic defects, my mom uses a breeder (border collie breeder) that I do not approve of, while th breeder is active with the dogs, keeps them in great condition, breeds dams only once a year, she does not do genetic tests, BCs have a high chance for sezures, especially if tey lack pigment around their eye (one of my moms BCs has no pigment) she also breeds double merles...
ANY breeder who breeds merle to merle or a merle to a dog known to carry merle gene (genetic testing) STAY AWAY FROM!
Merle to merle breeding leads to deafness, cancer and blindnessin offspring
YES YES YES to this. And to clarify... saying they were checked out by a vet DOES NOT mean they were health tested. Health tests must be done by an accredited OFA, etc vet, cardiologist, etc.
If you find a breeder selling pups on the side of the road, scratch them off, a good breeder has homes lined up!
My moms BC breeder has a 2 year waiting list for puppies (she, the breeder, has working class and pet class, working usually are herding and disc dogs)
If your lookin for a yorkie breeder,stay away from anyone selling or breeding toys, thats a red flag for people just looking for a quick buck, with smaller dogs, look for someone who has a female and a male and breeds once a year, you may have to get put on a waiting list, but you have a guarantee at getting a better quality dog
If you find someone with just the female and used a stud (payed someone to breed their male to the female) they can be considered, find out if both dogs are papered, genetically tested (small dogshave heart problems!!!)
Also, try to find breedes listed on the AKC website, this does not neccessarily mean they are good, but helps weed out some of the worst (you will still need to do research!)
stay away from petstore puppies, they come from breeder regardless of what the employees say
I don't know what you mean by some one breeding Toys.. toy breeds? There's tons of AKC recognized toy breeds... finding a good breeder is the same regardless if it's a small dog or a giant dog.
I do have a dog as well. It's a white german shepherd mix with wolf.
Sorry but I'm almost positive there is no wolf in your dog. Two of my friends are BIG into Wolfdogs and they post pics all the time on our dog group... If there's any wolf in your dog it's very very very low content. Still a pretty dog. A friend of my family does SAR with White shepherds.
As for shipping. I say its a big no-no, a family friend "ordered" a Rotty pup from a breeder from another state.... beautiful puppy, but he had ring worm and was missing a lot of hair, he also had a lot of health issues later on that were hereditary.
however, my moms BC breeder lives in another state, her first BC flew in. her second one the breeder is driving in.
not necessarily true. If you have a good relationship with the breeder and know that they are a reputable one with good dogs then there is no reason not to have a puppy shipped in. For instance another friend got her GSD puppy shipped from a breeder across the country and she couldn't be happier with her dog or the breeder she chose.
When it comes to getting a puppy from a breeder, try to stay local, this way you can go and meet the sire and dam (aggression IS hereditary, if the parents are aggressive or in poor health, more than likely the puppies will be!)
If you, or anyone else, chooses to go to a breeder for mixed dog, that is your decision. but in truth, these breeders are usually going to make a quick buck, a lab poodle mix is NOT going to be an allerginic, anything mixed with a poodle, maltese, or other ''allergenic'' dog will NOT be allerginic, most people are allergic to the dandruff dogs produce, not the actualy hair, and even the 'allergenic' breeds still cause allergies
It is preferable to go locally but it's not likely that an amazing, ethical breeder of the breed you so happen to want is just sitting right around the corner. Dont' be afraid to branch out in your search for the perfect breeder.
And no, "Doodles' are not hypo allergenic. Haired dogs like poodles are but labs are notorious shedders and there's no way to tell which way the dogs coat will go.