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What is a reputable breeder ?

Dobified

Jr Member
I want to see where people stand on this....

In your opinion what makes a responsible reputable breeder of a Doberman Pinscher ?

I will get into what my thoughts are later.
 

Panama

Moderator
Hot Topics Subscriber
People don't like my opinion on this subject, so I will leave it alone!
 

MaddoxDobes

Member
Reputable means many many things IMO. Like breeding to better the breed. Doing all the nessicary health testing. Titling their dogs in show or sports. Not selling their puppies to mills or pet shops. Not breeding 5 litters a year. Being a supportive breeder to all the puppy buyers. Screening homes to make sure the pups will go to the proper homes. The list goes on and on, but those are a few that come to mind
 

Panama

Moderator
Hot Topics Subscriber
1. Thorough health testing BEFORE breeding (not just minimum)
2. Uses dogs with sound temperaments
3. Breeds dogs that conform to the Standard
4. Exhibits their dogs (Conf, ScH, OB.....something)
5. Breeds for the Standard
6. Breeds for the betterment of the breed
7. Selectively breeds to avoid passing on or compounding health issue
8. Does not breed very often
9. Does not place pups before 8-9 wks
10. Knows a better home is more important than someone w/ cash in hand!
11. Helping new owners with any and all aspects of raising their pup
12. Will take back any pup/dog at any age

there are alot more, but here's my start!
 

Dobified

Jr Member
1. Thorough health testing BEFORE breeding (not just minimum)
2. Uses dogs with sound temperaments
3. Breeds dogs that conform to the Standard
4. Exhibits their dogs (Conf, ScH, OB.....something)
5. Breeds for the Standard
6. Breeds for the betterment of the breed
7. Selectively breeds to avoid passing on or compounding health issue
8. Does not breed very often
9. Does not place pups before 8-9 wks
10. Knows a better home is more important than someone w/ cash in hand!
11. Helping new owners with any and all aspects of raising their pup
12. Will take back any pup/dog at any age

there are alot more, but here's my start!

:) Those are mine as well.

It is important to note a " breeder " should be knowledgable and before they consider breeding a dog should find a person that can mentor them beforehand. Sure anyone can breed a dog but to really know what they are doing they need to learn.

Also breeding to stardard is extremely important, standards are there for a reason and should be followed.
 

Kimbertalkls

New Member
Here is a different opinion on being reputable. Reputable means.
–adjective 1. held in good repute; honorable; respectable; estimable: a reputable organization.
2. considered to be good or acceptable usage; standard: reputable speech.
having a good reputation; "a reputable business"; "a reputable scientist"; "a reputable wine" [ant: disreputable


So a reputable breeder would be someone who stands behind their dogs if there is a problem. They try and breed the best dogs they can by adding new bloodlines and genetically testing. They provide the best care for the puppies and dogs, not the most economical. They are there for their customers five years from now just like they are before the sale and the amount of return business and referrals are the proof. I prefer a breeder who has been around for more than 15 years to as very few breeders make it more than ten years so where will they be if I have a problem in five years...

Showing,competitions, trials, etc are the way to prove the dogs but whether or not a breeder competes does not make them reputable. We give a third of the purchase price back for an obedience title, championship, etc and alot of people get refunds through that. After 45 years of breeding we are a little old to run around the ring and handlers are just not the same as doing it yourself, thing especially with the greats like Al Levine gone. (I understand why so many older breeders start to co own many of their prospects now.) And what about the dogs who are working in drug enforcement, customs, helping the handicapped, etc. There is a lot of criteria that needs to be taken in before deciding that a breeder is a "backyard breeder" breeding only pet to pet. Reputable is pretty certain in longtime breeders, businesses, doctors since word of mouth would keep them from being longterm otherwise. Anne
 

DobieLvr

Novitiate

So a reputable breeder would be someone who stands behind their dogs if there is a problem. They try and breed the best dogs they can by adding new bloodlines and genetically testing. They provide the best care for the puppies and dogs, not the most economical. They are there for their customers five years from now just like they are before the sale and the amount of return business and referrals are the proof. I prefer a breeder who has been around for more than 15 years to as very few breeders make it more than ten years so where will they be if I have a problem in five years...

Showing,competitions, trials, etc are the way to prove the dogs but whether or not a breeder competes does not make them reputable. We give a third of the purchase price back for an obedience title, championship, etc and alot of people get refunds through that. After 45 years of breeding we are a little old to run around the ring and handlers are just not the same as doing it yourself, thing especially with the greats like Al Levine gone. (I understand why so many older breeders start to co own many of their prospects now.) And what about the dogs who are working in drug enforcement, customs, helping the handicapped, etc. There is a lot of criteria that needs to be taken in before deciding that a breeder is a "backyard breeder" breeding only pet to pet. Reputable is pretty certain in longtime breeders, businesses, doctors since word of mouth would keep them from being longterm otherwise. Anne

Great post Ann!!
 

Sheepdog

New Member
Here is a different opinion on being reputable. Reputable means.
–adjective 1. held in good repute; honorable; respectable; estimable: a reputable organization.
2. considered to be good or acceptable usage; standard: reputable speech.
having a good reputation; "a reputable business"; "a reputable scientist"; "a reputable wine" [ant: disreputable


So a reputable breeder would be someone who stands behind their dogs if there is a problem. They try and breed the best dogs they can by adding new bloodlines and genetically testing. They provide the best care for the puppies and dogs, not the most economical. They are there for their customers five years from now just like they are before the sale and the amount of return business and referrals are the proof. I prefer a breeder who has been around for more than 15 years to as very few breeders make it more than ten years so where will they be if I have a problem in five years...

Showing,competitions, trials, etc are the way to prove the dogs but whether or not a breeder competes does not make them reputable. We give a third of the purchase price back for an obedience title, championship, etc and alot of people get refunds through that. After 45 years of breeding we are a little old to run around the ring and handlers are just not the same as doing it yourself, thing especially with the greats like Al Levine gone. (I understand why so many older breeders start to co own many of their prospects now.) And what about the dogs who are working in drug enforcement, customs, helping the handicapped, etc. There is a lot of criteria that needs to be taken in before deciding that a breeder is a "backyard breeder" breeding only pet to pet. Reputable is pretty certain in longtime breeders, businesses, doctors since word of mouth would keep them from being longterm otherwise. Anne

Thank you. That is the best explanation I have read.
 

evasmom

Novitiate
I believe a good breeder breeds for themselves. If breeders only bred a litter that they wanted to keep a puppy from, then I would be sure that they are as excited about the litter as they say I should be. To me, that means a good breeder will only have one litter a year.

Of course the standard health testing and titling (in something, or real working dog) of BOTH parents are a must for me too.
 

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