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So yesterday I visited a non-GSD breeder (no breed mentioning due to confidentiality) somewhere in the US.
I'll start from the very beginning.
Several ads on the internet, a very messy, cluttered front and back yard. Inside: very welcoming people, about 5 females and the stud dog, the place in a moderate state of hoarding, no barking or fighting , despite unaltered females and litters, strong dog smell, two litters (one born day before), very social, sweet dogs, great looking dogs with awesome temperament.
Dogs and pups are fed a cheap grocery store food, bred back to back for about 4 times before being retired as breeding dogs, no contract, pups sold under 7 weeks but happy to keep the pup a few more weeks. They all live and are raised inside.
They raise champions,the dogs and pups are well socialized, well built and healthy and the breeders honest about their philosophy and trustworthy.
This is really confusing and it made me realize that keeping an open mind increases your options. Your take on this?
 

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Do they do health testing? How old are the females when they have their first litter(s)? You can have conformationally great dogs that are prone to disease. I would want that ruled out from the onset by having dogs that are cleared of the common for their breed diseases.
 

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Do they do health testing? How old are the females when they have their first litter(s)? You can have conformationally great dogs that are prone to disease. I would want that ruled out from the onset by having dogs that are cleared of the common for their breed diseases.
Minimal health testing on the stud only, dogs are bred early; not sure on which heat.
 

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What makes the dogs "awesome"?
 

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Health testing is the big one for me, but how do they raise champions? How many champions do they have in their lines? Do they show consistently? It's just interesting that for someone that shows, probably pays 1000s in entry/handler fees to get a champion, doesn't health test.

I could really care less what the facility looks like, what the dogs are fed...they don't pass on those traits to the puppies. There's a reason why the grocery store foods are still on the market, most people still use them.

The weird thing with other breeds is that many of them don't have a temperament test/requirement. There is a temperament standard, but not really the Schutzhund type test to prove it. Germany has the SchH1 requirement to breed, and its poured over to the United States as people want to live up to the "founder's standard." With other breeds...especially what are commonly referred to as companion breeds, its too much of an expectation to expect people to go way out of their way to test temperament in ways that their customers don't even care about.

And yeah...the awesome part. The worst place to gauge a dog is in their home environment...its where they're comfortable, and they have been "trained" in a way to act in a certain matter. If the breeder thought his dogs weren't going to impress you, probably wouldn't invite you over, or lock up the problem dogs. Its the same with GSDs...you can come to my house and think mine is awesome, but the true test is when he's out and about in a higher stress situation. No breeder will invite you over if they have a crazy/aggressive GSD...unless they're trying to impress you with their "guarding skills."
 

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Depends on the breed, IMO. Each breed I'm interested in has it's own health concerns. In general, no I do not write someone off immediately because their home is not spotless or they are not feeding $60/bag dog food.
 

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They raise champions,the dogs and pups are well socialized, well built and healthy and the breeders honest about their philosophy and trustworthy.
You can't claim they are healthy without seeing vet examination records and having the dogs health tested. A dog with cancer can look healthy.
 

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And.....if I had "found" a dog like these in the shelter I would have never been picky and taken him/her home in a heart beat.
I'm not sure where you're going with this statement but most "byb" breeders that I have met are a lot like the one you describe. They have perfectly well behaved dogs, they look good, they take care of them, they live with them, they are truly well taken care of pets. That's the kind of place I bought my dog from. The difference with the shelter and these people is that any money you give to a shelter will go towards helping another dog find a home or get some vet care. When you give money to people like this, instead of investing it in their dogs, they probably buy something nice for themselves or they're supporting themselves on their puppies. I'll add though that my boy's breeders do care about their dogs and have a contract, a right of first refusal, and will take any dog back that has to be rehomed.

I'm not sure about the breed or what the "going rate" would be for those dogs, but if you have two litters on the ground at the same time, its a pretty nice paycheck at the end of 8 weeks when all of them are sold. Rarely are these types of situations for the "love" of the breed. It's not hard to plan to have litters at different times, especially if you have 5 breeding bitches.

Anyways...can you answer how their dogs are champions? And how many they have produced? Or was that just something written on the web page without any actual backing behind it?
 

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IMO Health testing is a basic requirement, responsible breeders should be ensuring that the dogs they're producing are of the best quality possible regardless of breed. Raising them in questionable conditions with basic to no health testing, sending them away before 8 weeks, those are not signs that they even care about what they're producing

I don't care if they are "champions" there is no way I would purchase a puppy from them. It's one thing to get a dog from a shelter, it's another thing to actively hand money to someone whose breeding ethics I disagree with. To call them "trustworthy" on top of that leaves a very bad taste in my mouth, they have no idea what they're really producing, they could be breeding a multitude of issues and not realizing it.
 

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I am thinking that any breeder could potentially be breeding a mulitude of health problems unless they are doing repeat breeding-I don't know this thread is in the chat section and my response is on any given day I would not want some one coming into my house making comments on my housekeeping-luckily I am not a breeder
 

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Champions of what?
Exactly what I was thinking.

And this place sounds pretty disgusting and I'm not even talking about their breeding practices. Personally, I'd never buy from people living and breeding like this. There are plenty of good dogs out there... my money would not go to support this kind of operation.
 

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I checked their vet references and he was impressed with their dogs and how they have always followed up his advice. This vet has a good reputation and I know his clinic well. Regarding "champions", this is conformation only.
This is the last I will post on this subject. Don't mean to get into a "strong" discussion about it and go BYB full circle. Just wanted to share this experience.
 

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re comment: not hard to have litters at different times when you have 5 females....

au contraire!!! Females cycle together....they bring each other into heat....if you have 5 females and want them each to have a litter every year, you are going to breed at least two at the same time. I have a several young females - all with partners at this time - some temporarily some permanently - and they still come in pretty much at the same time....

no comment on the rest as it is hard to make any judgement when so little is known....health testing is a breed by breed thing....for all we know - these are min pins or something

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I agree there is nothing wrong with two litters at the same time. I don't like the idea of bitches with puppies forced to live with loose dogs running around. I would expect a good dam to be a little protective of her puppies and warning other dogs away.

Breeding four times back to back, then spay and to a new home, as a retired breeder, would be ok only so long as the bitches are in top condition throughout that. Four litters in 2 years is a lot. But just because you breed them four times does not mean that you have a litter each time. So, I don't know about that.

Near-hoarding conditions, ok, they're slobs? Or are you talking about fecies and urine on the floors? I am ok with dirty dishes in the sink and some clutter, and some dirty laundry, but I draw the line on animal waste hanging around in the house. Puppies can be smelly though, it is amazing how much waste 7 little monsters can produce is 8-10 hours, and yes that can smell. But there is a real difference between having a whelping area with pups, and having waste on the floors and such.

To produce champions you have to have a dog that shows well, you need a great coat, healthy eyes, ears, teeth, etc. I don't know if you can get there buying the cheapest junk in the grocery store. A lot of breeders do feed purina, but then the supplement or the breed the high end purina.

I have fed a number of things and have found that the best thing to do is to feed a decent food that is available locally and does not cost an arm and a leg. Puppy buyers are not all going to run out and by 60-100 dollar bags of dog food. But they will listen if you have a good food that is a decent price and seems to do well with your dogs, and you can tell them why you use it. I guess I would have to know what the cheap, grocery store brand was, and maybe ask the people why they use it before totally making it a complete stop sign.

Some dog breeds are better as pack animals than others. I think the situation that you described was a bit chaotic. You were there, you could make a decision on them or not. If they are hoarding though, I wouldn't want to encourage it.
 

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I don't think there is anything wrong with having two litters at a time, just that in this case it sounds like a breed-for-profit rather than having two females come into heat and having a great male available for stud.

I think the worst sign is using just the one male...its tough to continue a breeding program that way. After one generation every dog ends up being related and you might love that male but you can't breed him to his daughters.

OP, why post this? You had to expect a discussion of the questionable practices. Sometimes I don't understand the questions asked on this forum and then the OP getting all upset.
 

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OK, here I am again. I am not upset at all. (the result of not hearing voice or seeing body language on the forum)I found that the thread had already ran its course. Thanks all for pitching in. I am not defending or attacking her practices; I was surprised with what I found, that's all.
 
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