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Old 02-03-2010, 07:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hi guys, i was wondering if anyone has purchased their puppy from Crosshill Kennels it is in Ontario, Canada, where i live and i was wondering if it is the right place to buy a puppy? they are CKC registered and state that they breed for intelligence, loyalty and a good companion. here is the website for you guys to check out
http://www.germanshepherddog.tv/gsd/home

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Old 02-03-2010, 07:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow umm where to start.....run away. The only "Hip Certification" they have listed is a letter from a vet stating the hips looked good to him. No OFA no Penn Hip no real certification. And that was only listed for 1 of the numerous dogs they have. Also they say the pups are home raised but yet they have pictures of lines of kennels with dogs in them and a picture of a female with a very young litter in a barn and straw. This is not a good breeder if you are looking for what I call a good breeder. IMHO the dogs should be raised inside the actual home not lined up in kennels and barns with too many to handle.
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While the parents do not seem to have been OFA checked their contract looks very good and they have a 36 month health guarantee on the puppy hips. What else raised red flags for you?
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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this would be the first time i would be purchasing a puppy, and i just wanted some input on how this breeder appeared to more experienced people
thanks for the input, deciding on the right breeder is hard
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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For one thing, out of all the dogs they have, not one dog has a title of anything. Not even a brief sentence about each dog, how old, hip/elbow cert, titles, some have pedigrees listed but not many, etc. I would turn away from this person and look else where.

What are you looking to do with your dog?
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My mind is always blown when breeders say they breed for "loyalty and good companions." How the heck do you even select for that? What's the standard? Have they ever excluded a dog from their breeding program for disloyalty? Sounds to me like I have some nice pets I'm breeding and trying to make some $$$ off of them.

The vast majority of dogs are loyal by their very nature. Wish we could selectively breed people for the same trait.


Also, I love how their website proudly features "the Amish connection." Think they know or care that the Amish are some of the biggest puppymillers around?
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Originally Posted By: EmooreMy mind is always blown when breeders say they breed for "loyalty and good companions." How the heck do you even select for that? What's the standard? Have they ever excluded a dog from their breeding program for disloyalty? Sounds to me like I have some nice pets I'm breeding and trying to make some $$$ off of them.

The vast majority of dogs are loyal by their very nature. Wish we could selectively breed people for the same trait.


Also, I love how their website proudly features "the Amish connection." Think they know or care that the Amish are some of the biggest puppymillers around?
Yes that was going to be my next comment but I didn't want to go against a whole religion and lifestyle, but since it is out there.....many many Amish "breeders" are nothing more than huge puppy mills and it is disgusting. Although the animals conditions don't look as bad here as many Amish mills it looks close with the barn stalls and hay aspect.
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I have friends who have their dogs = RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN!

1 male 7 month old needed to be PTS because of health issues.

They are always advertising different aged puppies and dogs for sale in the paper, online and by word of mouth.

RUN RUN RUN!
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To me the site doesn't really give enough information. I'll admit I was put off by the "Amish Connection". There's no registered names/numbers for any of the dogs listed so no way to look up titles, hip certs, etc. The dogs listed on the homepage mean nothing to me, there are probably tens of thousands of dogs that go back on those dogs and lines.
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I know 5 people with dogs from this kennel, if you want more information please PM me and I will either tell you myself or give you my friends contact information so you can hear the information first hand.
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