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Buyer Beware: Purebred Dog Myths


Every month I am approached by dog owners of my breed who complain about how poorly behaved, how sickly, how un-trainable, and generally my breed is and how deeply they resented spending money on this breed. I listen patiently, but time taught me not to defend 'good' breeders, or explain to the angry owners how their own ignorance caused them to become victimized.

There are many myths that abound in the dog world. Unfortunately, each allows unscrupulous breeders to take advantage of eager, prospective, puppy buyers.

Here are some of the most common myths:

Registered dogs are good quality. Even puppy mills register their puppies and get the papers.

If the parents have papers, the puppy is a good one. Wrong. Actually, if the parent's papers do not have a blue boarder, then the puppy's parent is registered as "Not good enough for breeding." In many cases, these breeders show the parent's papers to prospective buyers, but explain that the litter is not registered in an attempt to save money. This is a lie. They didn't register the litter because the puppies are not purebred, and can not be registered. It takes less than $25.00 to register a puppy.

"You don't need to take breeding stock to 'dog shows,' because it is all political." Sorry, but I hate hearing this one from hobby breeders. I have been in the dog world for more than 20 years and have shown more than 4 breeds. Yes, when it comes to the BIG shows, or the Best In Show wins, there are politics involved. But, when it comes to getting the LOWEST award a dog can get (which is becoming a champion) there is little to prevent any breeder from showing and winning - unless they know their dogs are not good quality. All the title of champion means is that more than one judge considers the dog is good enough for breeding.

Poor quality parents = poor quality puppies. Many people believe they only need two purebred parents to produce good quality puppies. This is not true. Many hereditary diseases, like joint problems, are avoided by good breeders who understand bloodlines and structure. If the breeder thinks they can breed different body types together, and get consistently healthy puppies, they shouldn't be breeding.

If both parents are champions, the puppies are good. Again, buyer beware. It is relatively easy to make a good dog a champion. Hobby and unscrupulous breeders know this, so they finish one or two dogs (not most of them), and then con new buyers into believing that 'championship' is the pinnacle of a dog's career, instead of the lowest award it can achieve.

So, how can you protect yourself? Here are some helpful hints that will help you avoid ending up with a puppy you cannot live with.

Visit at least 10 breeders, before looking at a puppy.

Never let a breeder put a puppy in your hands, or tell you it will be gone tomorrow if you don't buy it now. In fact, most good breeders will not let you have the puppy after a first visit. Most good puppy owners do not take money on the first visit.

Never take your children when looking at puppies.

Contact the national breed association and ask questions.

Make sure the breeder does not consistently use males and females from their own kennel. The males most good kennels use come from top winning stock.

A health guarantee is only valuable if you, the puppy buyer, is willing to go to court. In many cases, they are not worth the paper they are written on. Instead, ask for the names of 5 - 10 people who have owned one of the dog's puppies for more than a year.

Ask the breeder for vet records showing when the breeder had the parents checked for hereditary defects.

Don't buy from breeders who always have puppies. Also, when it comes to kennels, bigger is not better. Large operations, even 'show' ones, are businesses. They are more concerned with income than the relationship between you and your new puppy.

Don't buy a cheap puppy. Find the average price of a puppy, and look for puppies in that price range. It is expensive, 'properly' raising a litter of puppies. And, it is easy for a good breeder to sell puppies. So, if a breeder is selling bargain puppies, then something is wrong.

Beware of breeders who breed their female pet. Rarely do they possess the knowledge needed to breed a good litter. More important, I have known about entire networks of people selling puppies, believing they are helping a breeder. Instead, these people are selling puppies for a puppy mill. No one will go to a stinky farm and select their puppy from dozen's of litters. No one is that naïve anymore. So, puppy mills have become very savvy, even buying 'show ribbons', to make themselves appear more legit.

If you can avoid these mistakes, you will reduce the risk of buying a poor quality puppy.

There are some facts I can give you. All the reputable, concerned breeders I have met have three things in common.

1. They love to talk about their breed.

2. They are not in any hurry to sell a puppy.

3. They only breed 1 - 5 litters a year.

Suzanne James is instructor of the online course "Pick the right dog for you" at http://www.universalclass.com. She ran a dog training school, and has shown and bred 4 breeds of dogs. Currently she breeds Chinese Crested dogs under the name Orchid Kennels.


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Pets of the week: Sweetie, Rocket are friendly pets looking for homes  MLive.com

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Check out the pets you can adopt fee-free in Minneapolis on Friday  Bring Me The News

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A Paws for Pets  York News-Times

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You love your dog more than humans. This company reaps the benefits  USA TODAY

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Pets of the Week | Pets  Index-Journal

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Pets rescued after paper too close to space heater sparks fire  WWBT NBC12 News

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25 Years Of ‘Pet Of The Week’, Homes Found For 1,400 Pets  WCCO | CBS Minnesota

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Don’t feed pets these Thanksgiving foods  WWBT NBC12 News

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New Immune-Boosting Pet Supplement May Add Years to the Life of Your Pet  PRNewswire

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You can adopt 18 remarkable pets on Staten Island this weekend: Nov. 23-24  SILive.com

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Help Unwanted Tri-Valley Pets On Giving Tuesday  Patch.com

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6 Thanksgiving foods you should keep away from your pets  WNDU-TV

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Petition seeks medical marijuana for ailing household pets  Boston Herald

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Free pet food offered Nov. 23 at Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center  Press-Enterprise

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Massive ‘Borderlands 3’ Patch Buffs Moze’s Mech, FL4K’s Pets And Zane’s Everything  Forbes

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Pets of the Week for Nov. 21  Chico Enterprise-Record

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Christmas themed fundraiser is spreading holiday joy and helping pets  KAUZ

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Pets of the Week: Maverick, Jack, Finny and Margot are ready for adoption  The Daily Breeze

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Adopt these pets: A Shih Tzu, a heeler mix and a cat  STLtoday.com

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Hen party: Portsmouth man wins right to keep chickens as pets  Seacoastonline.com

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These adorable pets need new homes!  WCVB Boston

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Foods you should avoid feeding your pet this Thanksgiving  WEAR

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Pets available for adoption at Goleta animal Adopt-a-thon  KEYT

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Losing a pet is tough. That's why this program that helps pet owners deal with grief wants to expand  KPAX-TV

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5 pets escape blaze at Wake Forest home  Wakeweekly

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Thanksgiving table staples that could be toxic to your pets  Cleveland 19 News

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Pets of the Week: Louie, Champ, Bobby and Jasper are ready for adoption  Long Beach Press Telegram

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How Sasha the lost cat found his way home after 5 years and 1,300 miles  AZCentral

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Heart of America Humane Society left without way to transport KCK pets after van vandalized  KSHB

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Frozen cat food recalled over salmonella risk posed to pets and owners  USA TODAY

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NAWS Adoptable Pets Of The Week: La Grange And Harlem  Mokena, IL Patch

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Pet of the Week: Strawberry the Shepherd-mix  WKOW

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Pets Are Eating Our Sex Toys and Nobody Is Talking About It  ELLE.com

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Animal Clinic of Milford/ Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips  Patch.com

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It's A Zoo Out There: Pets, Service Animals And Emotional Support Animals  Forbes

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Several pets rescued, one dog dies in large house fire in Franklin  FOX61 Hartford

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Don't let the kids down! Fortnite, Treasure X and Little Live Pets toys start at just $5  Yahoo Lifestyle

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The pet industry's shift towards technology  Axios

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Freeze-Dried Pets Are Forever  Slate

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Pet Project 2019: Animals available for adoption in Massachusetts on Nov. 22  MassLive.com

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Pets take pictures with Santa  WTAP-TV

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VIVA Pet of the Week: Orca  Lompoc Record

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Anonymous Donor Gives 40000 Pounds Of Pet Food To Shelter  750 KXL

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How to make sure your pet has a stress-free holiday  Yahoo Lifestyle

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'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather  USA TODAY

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Free preventative care clinic for pets for low-income, homeless pet owners happening Monday  KSAT San Antonio

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The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets Out Today for PS VR  PlayStation.Blog

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Meeting held on prevention tactics after pets attacked by coyotes in College Park  WESH 2 Orlando

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Tips to protect your pet from the winter temperatures  KFOR Oklahoma City

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2019 Holiday Gift Guide • Pet, Kids and Fun  Dallas Voice

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Anonymous donor gives 40,000 pounds of pet food to Oregon shelter  Q13 News Seattle

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Middle school students running their own pet supply company  KMOV.com

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Cat Food Sold Nationwide Is Recalled Over Risks To Pets And Humans  KFSM 5Newsonline

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Adoption center has senior pets looking for a home  KOB

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Dos and don'ts of Thanksgiving pet treats  NorthcentralPa.com

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Rabies confirmed in pet cat, Michigan county health officials say  MLive.com

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Old dogs, new tricks: 10,000 pets needed for science  NBCNews.com

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Where do your pets fit in with your holiday plans?  WTOP

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Here's proof pets have unconditional love for their humans  WLWT Cincinnati

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Leon County Humane Society collecting pet food donations for seniors in need  WTXL ABC 27

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Gov. Ivey awards $95K grant to provide shelter for pets belonging to victims of domestic violence  WSFA

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Pet Tales: How sweet Nala saved her own life at a shelter  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Your Pet Magazine, MyCBD Shop helps Watermelon Mountain Ranch find homes for dogs, cats  KRQE News 13

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City warns pet owners to be wary of weather  Monitor

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U of S research looks into health benefits of cannabis for pets  Saskatoon StarPhoenix

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Pups in tuxes and paw-dicures at pet-friendly Fur Ball to support PAWS Chicago  Chicago Tribune

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Pet Startup Pawp Wants To Take A Bite Out Of Chewy  Forbes

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Pets Get An Oppawtunity To Explore David Lawrence Center  CBS Pittsburgh

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San Diego and NYC animal shelters receive 230,000 pounds of pet food for holidays  CBS News 8

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NJ pets in need: Nov. 18, 2019  NJ.com

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Local adoption center needs help rescuing more pets  WHNT News 19

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Several pets dead, home damaged in Longview fire  KLTV

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Pets with Potential: Meet Kitty  WCAX

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Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 20, 2019  OregonLive

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Can my pet eat this? Holiday food tips for your pets  KRON4

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Meet Our Pet of the Week: Pebbles!  WLTZ 38 NBC

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Pet photos with Santa  Chicago Tribune

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The best pet and animal related gifts of 2019  Los Angeles Times

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Pets prance at Santa Paws 5K :: Out and About at  WRAL.com

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Make sure your pet goes into 2020 happy and healthy  KIIITV.com

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Kent County Animal Shelter waiving fees on adoptable pets  WZZM13.com

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Tim Tebow gives 'one of the toughest goodbyes' to his pet dog, Bronco, in emotional video post  ESPN

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Nashville Is Going to the Dogs in a Good Way — And Your City Can Too!  PEOPLE.com

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Cat food sold nationwide is recalled over Salmonella risk to pets, humans  KATU

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Enter $100 drawing with photo of your pet dressed for holidays  Las Vegas Review-Journal

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Smucker Lowers Sales Outlook as It Expects Weakness in Pet Food  The Wall Street Journal

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'Bring your pets inside.' MACC on protecting your pets in the cold  NewsChannel5.com

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Meet Perfect Pets, Bell Bell and Petey!  KGO-TV

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Pet Parents: This Is Your Holiday-Travel Essential  Refinery29

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Scientists develop sensor to save children and pets from hot car deaths  CNN

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Lost And Found Pets Of Will County: Week of Nov. 18  Mokena, IL Patch

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Hurricane Katrina inspired a national pet evacuation policy. The plan could save human lives, too.  Vox.com

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Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (11/19/2019)  ABC15 Arizona

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Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 13, 2019  OregonLive

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