Post # 1
We have made a decision to go with Samoyed for our pet. Now we need to find a good(reputable) breeder for Samoyed. I’ve found breeders, but I can’t yet to determine which one is good and which one is bad. From what I’ve seen so far, it appears breeders don’t really care much about the website. Not all breeders have websites, some has old info from 2009 and majority of the websites don’t look professional (looks homemade). This make it hard to to research on each breeders.
If a breeder is a member of SCA (Samoyed Club of America) or AKC does it make them more reputable? (meaning they met certain qualification in breeding the dogs).
What should I find out about the breeders? Below are the few things I found that I should consider in choosing a breeder. I welcome additional inputs.
1. I need to find out how the breeder breeds the dog. In home or kennel?
2. Are the dogs socialized.
3. Have both parents had their hips x-rayed and cleared by OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) or equivalent foreign registry?
4. Have both parents had their eyes checked by a Canine Ophthalmologist for hereditary eye defects within twelve months?
5. Are both parents registered with the AKC (American Kennel Club)?
6. Will they be wormed and what vaccinations will they have?
7. Do you have a contract or written agreement?
8. When do they release the puppy to new home (Although this is the question to ask, I don’t know the answer).
9. How many litter do they have a year. (Although this is the question to ask, I don’t know the answer).
Post # 3
You’ve got a pretty good list going. Typically a really good breeder will also want to pick the puppy for you- they know the litters personalities best. If the dog doesn’t work out with you, most good breeders want the dog returned to them.
For question 8) A puppy should never be removed from its mother before 8 weeks old. If a breeder is adopting to a first time owner, they may want to keep the dog longer to work with it on basic obediance and house training. This helps to ensure a successful transition into the new puppies home. Typically an older puppy will settle better into your home. THere are a lot of behaviors they learn from mom/litter that they miss if you remove them too soon.
9)Breeding is a big thing for a female dog. It uses a lot of their resources. For the dogs sake, they really should get time off between litters. The other issue with this question is how much time the puppies get with the breeder. I really good breeder is going to spend time with each litter and socialize them to people, get them used to household noises like vacuums, dishwashers etc, work on potty training, etc. If they are breeding a whole bunch of litters in a year, chances are they aren’t taking the time to work with the puppies and you are more likely to have a hard time with puppy.
Being a member of the AKC is good. It means instead of just breeeding dogs to sell and make money they are breeding with a purpose. The AKC sets a standard for the breed, so an AKC breeder is making educated choices about what dogs to put together to get a healthy, good tempered dog that meets breed standards.
Post # 4
Read the sticky on the top of this forum.
Post # 5
If they belong to the club that is a good sign but it’s not necessarily a deal breaker if they’re not. And a lot of breeders have really terrible websites lol, I feel your pain on that one.
All the dogs should be AKC registered, do not accept any other registry unless they’re located in Canada or something. However, just being AKC registered doesn’t mean they’re reputable. Puppy mills sell AKC registered dogs too.
The code of ethics for samoyed says they need to be 7 weeks to go to a new home, but I personally prefer 8 for any breed really. And usually more than 2-3 litters a year is a huge red flag.
Other things I would ask:
• Where will the puppies will be kept while they’re growing up? What are they exposed to? (children, other dogs, cats? etc)
• Are the puppies sold on full or limited registration (all pets should be limited)
• What do they do with the dogs for activities? Conformation, agility, obedience, rally, etc.? Ideally the parents would be conformation champions or at least pointed.
Post # 6
Thank you for all of the inputs. I’ve reached out to 2 local breeders so far, hopefully they’ll reply. Once they do, I will asks them all of these questions.
If there are additional advice, feel free to add them.