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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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Second Chance opens online auction to help pets in need  WWLP.com

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Vegan couple banned from owning pets after feeding their severely malnourished puppies a meat-free diet  Insider

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PETS OF THE WEEK | Lifestyle | djournal.com  Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

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Will heat burn your pet's feet? It depends  Moscow-Pullman Daily News

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Shelter pets find new forever homes thanks to recent adoption events  69News WFMZ-TV

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How at-home euthanasia can provide comfort to pets and owners  The Washington Post

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Sit! Stay! Don’t be sad! How to protect your pet from separation anxiety  The Guardian

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Pets of the week: Bonded cats looking for a home together  Duluth News Tribune

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Pets of the week: Bud is a bundle of energy. Snow Biscuit is super friendly  MLive.com

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Pets meant to bring companionship during pandemic are being brought back to animal rescues  WRGB

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Preventing Your Pets From Getting Lost  NBC New York

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Cold Noses: Adoptable Pets of the Week  The Florida Times-Union

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Some People Are Abandoning Pets Adopted During the Pandemic as States Reopen and People Go Back to Work  Inside Edition

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Exotic pets are in the spotlight at expo in Chesapeake  13newsnow.com WVEC

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Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

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Teachers struggle to care for class pets during pandemic  LimaOhio.com

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Residents, pets escape blaze at Adamsburg apartment building, but 8 people left homeless  TribLIVE

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Pets in brief, May 6, 2021 | Paws | santafenewmexican.com  Santa Fe New Mexican

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The Pet Shop: The changes we make for our pets  Greensboro News & Record

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Pet of the Week  Roanoke Times

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In Seattle, the pandemic separates pets from owners — but there's help  Crosscut

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Okie from Muskogee: Benge does her part caring for rescue pets  Muskogee Daily Phoenix

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‘Melon seedlings make good pets’: how lockdown made us love houseplants  The Guardian

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Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

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Here's why you should clean and replace your pet's toys  Journal Times

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PET OF THE WEEK: Shiner  Odessa American

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How to keep your pet from making a mess  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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How Losing a Pet Can Make You Stronger  The New York Times

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China's netizens call for crackdown after "blind box" pet rescue  Reuters

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Humane society seeking drivers to help pets find homes out of state  WHNT News 19

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Looking for a home: Adoptable pets in Lane County  The Register-Guard

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The time has come to start training the pets for your return to work  CNN

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PET OF THE WEEK: Garfield  Odessa American

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Colorado Springs area pet organizations | Lifestyle | gazette.com  Colorado Springs Gazette

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Wild Magpie Knew Exactly What This Family Needed | The Dodo Soulmates  The Courier-Express

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Eugenia 'Jean' A. Waters, had pet ministry  CapeGazette.com

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Young-Williams Pet of the Week: Slash  WATE 6 On Your Side

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IndyHumane takes part in worldwide push to find pets forever homes  WISHTV.com

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Tampa Bay area pets hoping to be adopted  Tampa Bay Times

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Paws Abilities, a locally-owned pet store, now open on 41st Street  KELOLAND.com

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Pet photos from USA TODAY readers to brighten your day  USA TODAY

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Empty the Shelters: Help pets find forever homes this week  WOODTV.com

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Barack and Michelle Obama mourn loss of pet dog Bo  New York Daily News

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Man allegedly killing pets has St. Louis neighborhood up in arms  CBS News

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Adopt A Pet From Joliet Area Shelters: New Pets Added This Week  Joliet, IL Patch

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10 Eco-Friendly Pet Products to Help You Celebrate Earth Day with Your Cat or Dog  PEOPLE

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Has your pet packed on some pandemic pounds?  Kingsport Times News

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Tampa Bay area pets hope to share their love with you  Tampa Bay Times

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Dakin Humane Society announces new online store for pets  WWLP.com

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Pet Supplies Plus Supports National Pet ID Week Through Discounted Microchipping  PRNewswire

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How to Get a Deal on Pet Supplies Online  ConsumerReports.org

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German 'dead fraudster' exposed by pet poodle in Majorca  BBC News

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ANIMAL WELFARE – Adopt a pet | News | stwnewspress.com  Stillwater News Press

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Steve Dale’s Pet World 5/9/2021 | Closing the loophole on banning the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits at pet stores in IL  WGN Radio

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Pet of the Week for May 8, 2021: Lynn  Columbus Telegram

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Pet Adoption Event Planned At South Bay Ralphs Locations  Patch.com

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BISSELL Pet Foundation hosts adoption event in West Michigan  Fox17

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Pet Wise: Grooming pets provides health and safety benefits  Baltimore Sun

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