Six Signs of a Great Breeder

Look for these clues, and you'll go home with a healthy, happy puppy.

By | Posted: Wed Nov 10 00:00:00 PST 2004

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The Silberhorns passed muster, and when the puppies were born in late October 1995, they went to see the puppies and visited often to help socialize them. These visits helped Mercer decide which puppy would get along best with the Silberhorns. They named the plucky pup Molly.

Even now, nine years later, the Silberhorns couldn't be more pleased, especially because Molly is so sociable. Mercer remains important to Molly and her owners. She grooms Molly, occasionally boards her and, most importantly, serves as a great resource.

"Geri is so knowledgeable about dogs," Silberhorn says. "She offers a second opinion on everything. She's someone you can talk to and bounce information off of. She loves our dog."

As the Silberhorns discovered, finding the right breeder can make the difference between finding a happy, healthy puppy and getting a dog that's possibly neither.

Do the same, and you'll find it was worth every minute of the time and effort you spent making sure your puppy's breeder exhibited the six signs of greatness.

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Shauna   Innisfail, AB

12/18/2007 7:00:21 PM

The one thing the article could have addressed is the danger to puppies from people who think it's good policy to go from home to home playing with unvaccinated puppies. We lost 11 puppies, in a horrible fashion, last summer due to Parvo. Brought into our home by people who thought that going from breeder to breeder, playing with puppies, was a great way to spend a Sunday. People don't understand WHY we restrict visitors when we have unvaccinated puppies in the home.

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Donna   Kent, OH

11/15/2007 6:08:54 AM

One of the best articles I read on how to pick a breeder. There are many good tips in it.

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Eileen   St. Louis, MO

7/24/2007 6:44:37 PM

I really enjoyed reading this. It confirmed what my other research stated. I wish I had known about this website when I first started looking for a Basset Hound puppy back in January. I did purchase a book on Bassets and also when to the Basset Hound Club of America site. After my 4th monthly magazine of Dog Fancy, I finally tried your website.

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