Why Pay More For a Pet Puppy From a "Reputable Breeder"?

Both the sire and dam of this puppy came from top quality breeding stock
which was developed over years and years of selective and knowledgeable
breeding. Both meet the requirement of the written AKC and ASCA standard
for the breed in conformation as well as temperament. Each has a pedigree,
which has been studied and thoroughly researched. These dogs have been
selected to breed to each other because they can both contribute to the
excellence of the breed as well as complement one another.

Before this breeding ever took place, both male and female had test including
hip X-Rays, eye tests and DNA for HC to determine that there were no
physical or genetic problems that might be passed on to offspring. The
breeder is well aware of the genetic problems to which the breed is
predisposed and uses no animal for breeding unless it is certified clear of
defects by a qualified Veterinarian. The health of her pups is guaranteed.

The breeder is a professional and he has a good reputation to maintain. His
goal is to produce beautiful and sound specimens, which anyone would be proud
to own. Profit, if any is made, goes toward future breedings, always aimed
toward the betterment of the breed, or for show entries, new equipment and
important veterinary tests. Both the mother and pups are fed the highest
quality diet. Many trips to the vet assure him that mother and pups are
thriving under the very best care. The pups are raised in a busy part of the
house where they are socialized, groomed and exposed to different kinds of
stimuli. They are touched and talked to, cuddled and even sung to. They are
never sold before they are seven weeks old. Every buyer is interviewed at
length and pups are placed only in homes where they will receive the finest
treatment. The breeder spends time with each new owner, educating and
answering questions. Follow-up calls are made to make sure the pups are
adjusting well. Each new owner receives a bill of sale and health guarantees,
vaccination record and thorough puppy care and nutrition information. If the
puppy is not considered to be of such quality as it will better the breed the
puppy is sold with a limited registration or non-breeding agreements. The new
owners are encouraged to continue a relationship with the breeder, and to
call and ask questions at any time during the dog's life.

Why Pay Less For a Pet Puppy From a "Backyard Breeder"?
The dam of this litter was purchased from a local pet store and originally
came from a Missouri puppy mill. She was sick off and on the first year of
her life due to too many different types of intestinal parasites and
malnutrition. The sire, an over-sized male, lives down the street and was
purchased from an ad in the newspaper. Neither owner has ever heard of
the AKC or ASCA written standard. Neither owner has seen a written
pedigree. The female is skittish and snappy.

The breeder is totally unaware of the genetic problems within the breed.
Trips to the Veterinarian, except for dire emergencies or yearly shots, are
considered too expensive. The breeders' hope is to make money off the sale
of the puppies. If he keeps expenses down, he can buy that new couch he's
been wanting. Puppies are sold with no guarantee.

These puppies are born in a box, in the garage and receive little care other
than what the mother gives. To cut costs they are weaned on generic dog
food and allowed to nurse on the mother as long as possible to keep food bills
down. The bitch's health declines rapidly due to poor health and some pups
are weak and runty. They are sold as quickly as possible because advertising
and vaccines are expensive. They are sold without shots, parasite checks,
vet examinations, guarantees or information of any kind. They are sold to
anyone who has the cash.  Although the puppy is of very poor quality, it is
sold with full breeding rights. The new owner usually disappears with the pup,
never to be seen again. If the market is not good, the breeder takes the
leftover pups to the local pet shop.

The comparison you have just read is hypothetical, but very typical of what
we see all too often. When I am asked why my prices are so much higher
than those in some newspaper ads, I mail a copy of this article. Those
buyers who respect the quality and excellence are wonderful customers and
become "Family" in this breed that we love so much. Those that are seeking
pets deserve nothing less than a nice quality, healthy and trusting animal. As
well as a breeder they can count on.