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Can we see the Pedigree for both parents?

There are two main documents concerning the "purity" of a purebred dog. The first is its Registration. This indicates that the dog is certified by one of the kennel clubs (AKC being the most popular) as coming from a purebred sire and dam. The second is the Pedigree. This is a document that shows the last three or four generations of the puppies lineage. A serious breeder of quality puppies will have the Pedigree for both of the parents of the puppy. You should have a look at these documents. They indicate the number of champions in the lineage of the puppy. The more champions the better. It indicates a line where dogs were bred for quality, where the dogs were shown in competitions and where they were often winners. You want this in the lineage of your puppy. Having champions in the lineage is not enough by itself, but it is a good sign. Look for champions in the lineage, but be more concerned with whether the parents and grandparents are champions. You should also look closely at the feature of the parents, this is more important than the champions in the lineage.

Do you have DNA analysis of this puppy?

DNA analysis has become very common and affordable for dogs. DNA analysis verifies the sire and dam of a puppy. It goes beyond the word of the breeder and his trustworthiness and confirms scientifically the parents. (You must still verify that the parent you are being show is the one indicated by the DNA test.)

How old are your dogs?

This is a question aimed at determining how much the owner is involved in the lives of his dogs. If he doesn't know off hand the name and age of each dog, he is not very involved with them. They are simply "puppy factories" to him. It will also give you an idea of whether he has raised these dogs from puppies or whether he bought them as adults just for breeding. I just simply prefer to buy puppies from someone whose main focus is owning and caring for his own pets; where selling the puppies is only a sideline. The only drawback to buying from an individual who has little interest in breeding is their lack of knowledge about health issues, breed standards and improving the breed with successive generations. A happy medium can be found. Someone with a small number of dogs, caring for them as members of the family and highly interested in improving the breed is the ideal. You should look until you find them.

How many litters have each of these parents had?

This is another question aimed at determining how much the dogs are a part of the lives of the owners versus the owners simply considering them "puppy factories." Dams can have two litters per year. Many good breeders only allow their females to have one liter per year. Often this can't be controlled if the animals live together. The male will be the first to know when the female is in heat. It is his business to know. He does it well. Consider the reaction to the question and the answer. They will tell you about the concern of the breeder for his dogs.

How long have you been raising this breed?

This question seeks to determine the breeders experience with this breed. How many generations of dogs has he had? This question put with the age of his dogs will indicate whether he raised the dogs from puppies. I prefer breeders where they raised their animals from puppies. They should have been raising this breed for as long as their oldest dog. If you are given an answer less than the oldest dog, a follow-up question should involve how and why they acquired adult dogs for breeding. If they acquired them from another breeder who quit the business, you should have concerns about the quality of the animals and the accuracy of the paperwork. People who sell all of their animals as adults and people who buy their animals as adults are generally interested in the dogs only for making money. You should avoid both of these kinds of people.

Have you had other breeds in the past?

This question can lead to interesting discussions about the history of how this individual has come to raise this breed. Some people are committed to one breed for their entire life. The raise the dogs for love and they seek the best for their animals. Other people change breeds every few years and raise whatever is popular (and expensive) at the time. These people have no particular interest in anything other than making money.

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