That seems like a very weird reply. How hard would it be to post their pedigrees on their site?
And why would their dogs' pedigrees be on other breeder's sites? Do they mean the breeders that they bought their dogs from? Did they give you a link to the pedigrees on the other site/s they're referring to?
I took it as other breeders using their pedigrees when they shouldn't. I'm a photographer and see photographers work being stolen and passed as someone elses to gain clients. I figured byb's probably do the same.
Again, this seems weird. Did they say what kind of "hip testing" they do? If they are doing x-rays why don't they just send them to the OFA? The cost is way
less (about $30 if I remember correctly) to have OFA rate them, than it is to have the x-rays done in the first place. Are prelims sent to the OFA? If so, results should be available online unless the breeder asked that they not be posted on the site.
They didn't specify why type of testing they done. I will ask. I'm still new at all this so I'm not sure about OFA other then to ask what the scores are. Sorry, completely newbie here.
Why do they not post pictures online? Are they willing to email pictures to you? I agree with Diane that not every breeder has a fancy website with lots of information, and that the lack thereof doesn't necessarily mean anything, but to not post pictures, not post pedigrees, and to not have OFA ratings - one wonders what actually IS on the website.
They said they were in the process of having all their dogs photographed. They have like 22, but said they have about 15 at their location and they have some at one of their other locations and at friends/families houses. None of the dogs are kenneled though. This is their full time job and said all dogs are socialized around people/animals/kids.. etc.. They do have pictures of some of their dogs on facebook and none seem unhealthy,unhappy and they are all in a home environment.
For me, based on what you've said about them, this breeder wouldn't even be worth a drive. Their answers to your questions seem evasive, not what I'd consider typical.