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
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