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16 Ways to Spot Questionable Breeders of Gun Dogs

By    |   Friday, 23 Oct 2015 03:02 PM

Being able to spot questionable gun dog breeders is important so that you find the best quality dog for your money, since a hunting dog can cost upwards of $1,500, is a huge time commitment, and it takes years to achieve a good team.

A quick online search is not enough to locate a reputable breeder. You want to be picky when deciding what breed of dog suits your hunting needs, so your first hunt should be for an optimal breeder.

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Here are 16 ways you can spot a questionable gun dog breeder:

1. Responsible breeders limit themselves to one or very few breeds, and therefore concentrate on the quality of the animal they are producing rather than the quantity. Be wary of breeders who offer many different types of dogs.

2. A questionable breeder, when quizzed, will not be able to talk about the history of the breed of dog you seek and will not know about the dog's health traits, lineage, temperament, and typical behaviors.

3. Unscrupulous breeders may advertise in classified sections, whereas reputable ones often rely on word of mouth or breed-specific journals for advertising.

4. Questionable breeders may have bad reputations in kennel or hunting clubs, so ask around. Visit forums online and throw names out there to see what the reaction is by people who know, or ask for recommendations and warnings.

5. A warning sign of a questionable breeder is they offer to sell you a puppy without meeting you first, or you may be told you can’t visit to see the pups before purchase.

6. If they don’t ask you questions on what you are using the pup for or your lifestyle, that can be a warning sign.

7. Ask if the pups are provided exercise outside of their kennels. If the answer is no, move along to another breeder.

8. You should not be charged extra for kennel club registration or for the pup’s pedigree.

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9. If the breeder will not guarantee the dog’s health or does not have a return policy in place, find another breeder.

10. If a breeder prices males less than females, it could be a sign they are not legit and are more worried about you getting into the breeding business than they are about the dog.

11. Avoid breeders who say their breeding stock comes from any of the Eastern European puppy mill countries.

12. Does the breeder lack verifiable health clearances on the hips and elbows of their dogs?

13. Can the breeder provide proof of lineage?

14. Ask how often the dogs are bred. If they are bred every heat cycle, the chances of the pups being healthy are slim. That's also true if they are bred before they reach 2 years of age.

15. Good breeders will have both parents on premises. If they don't, keep moving.

16. Make sure the breeder of your gun dog hunts with dogs. If they have no working knowledge of how the breed performs in the field, they may be clueless in the breeding of them, too.

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Being able to spot questionable gun dog breeders is important so that you find the best quality dog for your money, since a hunting dog can cost upwards of $1,500, is a huge time commitment, and it takes years to achieve a good team.
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