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Dogs Name: Abby, Jilli, Jenni and Jordan
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A good breeder is any breeder, that really and truly cares about those lives they bring into this world, and will bust their butts, to make sure each and every dog they bring into this world, is 1. Bred out of hopefully healthy parents that were tested for anything that has been pretty much "proven" to be passed on genetically. 2. Is willing to sacrifice: finances, time, SLEEP, to be assured that dog is starting out ready to face the life ahead of them. 3. LEARN from past mistakes, yes, every breeder makes them, but if they learn from them and try to rectify whatever they did and promise themselves, they won't do that (whatever) again! 4. Be willing to make enemies for the sake of the dogs they breed, cause there is always someone that isn't going to agree with what they do, but if it is best for the dog (s) they do it anyway!!! 5. Be willing to take the time and effort to make sure that dog ALWAYS has the best life, if they get an owner wanting to give that dog up/back, no matter how old that dog gets. They will break their necks trying to find another home (if they don't end up keeping the dog themselves) that was BETTER than the one they had in the first place. 6 Will always keep in touch with the people who end up with their dogs, and hope and pray the owner will do the same thing! (even contracts don't help with this, cause I know). Be supportive, and helpful, as much as the owner will allow. 7. Listen to their gutts!! Period!!! 8. Will be reasonable with their prices, and care more for the fact the dog is getting a good home, than making a 200% profit over their expenses. 9. Always sell with contracts, even a basic one, spelling out the dog can never be given to someone else or rehomed, sold or whatever, unless they have the breeders agreement on that, and how the dog will live, and if a pet to be spayed/neutered, and to be given proper vet care, and ANY REPERCUSSIONS that could happen if the contract is breached. And sometimes the breeder may have to follow through even if they find it hard to do so, cause if the breeder has to be accountable to "puppy lemon laws" then the owners should be accountable to the breeders contract! And 10. A good breeder, will know their dogs strengths and weaknesses, and not place a dog/puppy in a home, (just for the money) that they know in their heart is not a compatible combination. Like placing a lively puppy with a person that is quite elderly or is obviously incapable of raising that puppy to be a happy, well adjusted adult, and could cause not only the puppy alot of emotional, trauma, but the owner also.
Those are some of my description of what makes a good breeder, besides the obvious things like not breeding litter after litter, or breeding a bitch until she can't sit down!!, or to young to nurture a litter of demanding, strapping puppies, or having more dogs in their care (just to make money) then they can give individual attention too.