Will tell you how many of their dogs they own/produced died, and if known, the cause of death
Can't tell you, because they don't keep up with where the pets go
Might not sell a pup to a home that refuses to vaccinate, because they feel that's not in the best interest of the pup.
Uh...well...okay....it's your dog now anyway.
Tests their dogs extensively before breeding, makes EDUCATED decisions based on background, health, type, structure and so on
Has two dogs that appear healthy, so they breed them
If dogs or pups die suddenly, they may run extensive tests, or send off genetic samples to find out why
Buries dog in the backyard and continues breeding from a son or daughter
Participates in group or club sanctioned health studies and keeps records of their own dog's health.
Has no idea these studies even exist
Sells pups only after 12-16 weeks of age, after potential has been evaluated, they have had all their shots, their immunity is solid and they have been well socialized
Sells pups at 6 weeks, sometimes without first shots or worming, little socialization, rare they have been outside the home for fieldtrips
Vaccinate their pups because contact with other dogs is inevitable, and socialization is extremely important in puppies
May give a shot or two before pups leave, but its because the vet said so, or they've always done it, don't know why shots are important (may never have seen a case of parvo/distemper) very little socialization
Prove their dogs in the ring, and/or in the field. Most don't breed dogs until proven. Researches to find the best match for their dog genetically, physically, temperamentally, and structurally
Breeds their pets, dog's don't do anything, no proof of instinct or conformation; Breeds dogs out of convenience, not to find the “best match”
Evaluates temperaments of each puppy, compares that with wants and lifestyles of family, and makes the best match
Lets owners pick out the "cutest" puppy
A Responsible, Quality Breeder
Belongs to the national breed club and usually a local or state breed club of the breed(s) that he shows and raises. He is then accountable - an important concept - because he must sign papers and make pledges to these clubs about his intentions as a quality breeder. His kennel name and reputation are at stake.
Breeds to the standard, including the parts that address temperament, intelligence, and working ability as well as to improve the breed and only to improve the breed; and has no more litters than necessary to do so;
Shows their breeding stock and offspring in an AKC sanctioned show with AKC sanctioned judges to evaluate his or her dogs against others in the breed (preferably both);
Considers the genetic background, including health and temperament as well as conformation of each and every dog that they breed;
Keeps no more dogs than for which he or she can provide quality nutritional and medical care and attention and training;
Tests all breeding stock for known and testable genetic disorders;
Carefully screens prospective buyers and matches each dog or puppy to the right home, and stays in contact with the buyer post sale;
Sells or places pets with spay/neuter contracts and limited registration because they know they are responsible not only for the full lifetime of the dog they sell, but also for succeeding generations that dog would produce if able;
Guarantees the health of the pup;
Accepts the return of any dog he or she has produced at any point in the dog's life should the dog for any reason need rehoming; and
Assists with rescue.
Modified from an orignal from Bettina Rister Scottish Terrier Rescue of North Alabama
STCA Breeder Referral List
The STCA maintains the Breeder Referral list to assist persons interested in obtaining a well-bred Scottish Terrier. Members have agreed to follow the club's Code of Ethics. Scottish Terriers obtained via the STCA reference system are bred by people dedicated to the welfare and the future of the breed. Unlike other purchasing sources, STCA breeders are not commercial vendors and are not in the business of selling dogs. They are fanciers and only breed when necessary in the pursuit of their hobby. STCA breeders will maintain an ongoing relationship with their people and, if for any reason there is a problem, they will assist, or provide a resolution. It is intended to be a lifetime commitment.
Responsible SCTA referred breeders will:
Abide by the STCA Code of Ethics
Maintain an ongoing relationship with their people and, if for any reason there is a problem, they will assist, or provide a resolution. This is a lifetime commitment. A Scottie in need of a new home, who is owned by, bred by or sired by a dog owned by a member of the STCA should not become a rescue dog. Whenever feasible this dog should become the responsibility of the owner, breeder, or owner of the sire.
Keep accurate breeding records and registration information in accordance with American Kennel Club regulations
Provide purchasers of adults or puppies with accurate papers to include a three generation pedigree, , registration certificate and/or a written sales agreement as to whether a guarantee is provided and setting forth any terms, conditions or limitations thereto, together with complete medical records (including shot and worming information) and instructions for care and feeding. Note – in the case of sales where the puppy is to be spayed/neutered, the breeder may withhold registration papers till after spay/neutering is done.
Responsible breeders will provide, in writing, all representations, promises, statements, warranties and guarantees, to be signed by both parties at the time of sale.
STCA Breeders will not sell a puppy under ten weeks of age. STCA recommends 12 weeks of age.
Not knowingly sell a Scottish Terrier of any age to a pet shop, catalog house, laboratory or any wholesale dealer in dogs (a dealer being a person who regularly buys dogs for sale at profit), or to any person who sells to any of the above. Members will not knowingly offer stud service to wholesale dealers or to any person involved with pet shops, catalog houses or laboratories. No Scottish Terrier will be provided for use in raffles, auctions or similar enterprises.
The Scottish Terrier possesses unique characteristics that set him apart from all other breeds. Anyone seeking a Scottie for the first time needs to research the subject well. Among the traits that set him apart are his unique independence, his constantly questioning mind, and his individuality. A Scottie likes to do things on his terms, which many view as aloofness. But to his chosen family, once his respect is earned, his loyalty will never waver. For those who have never owned a Scottish Terrier, it is imperative that we be thorough about what the prospective purchaser needs to know before starting the search, and before making any decision to buy. The primary goal is to assure that our Scotties will lead long, happy, and well-tended lives. Any prospective new owner should be aware of what is expected in order to accomplish these goals.
The STCA offers the Breeder Referral list to assist people interested in acquiring a well-bred dog. Scottish Terriers obtained via this reference system are bred by members dedicated to the welfare and the future of the breed. Each member listed has agreed to be bound by the club's Code of Ethics and all are currently members of the Scottish Terrier Club of America.
Unlike other purchasing sources, STCA breeders are not commercial vendors and are not in the business of selling dogs. Members are fanciers, only breeding when necessary in the pursuit of their hobby, with the goal of responsibly advancing the breed through maintenance of high standards of health, temperament and conformation.