As you guys (new parents of puppies) know that this can take a lot of your time. This can take days to months.
Step 3: Asking Questions To The Breeder
*Clearly if we are not planning to keep one of our pups*
After finding a potential new member of the pack, we have to ask the following questions to the breeder:
- Do you offer AKC full?
- May we see the photos of the parents?
- May we see the photos of the pedigrees?
Typically the 1st question is no. So we have to continue searching.
For the 2nd question, you will be amazed by how many breeders do not provide photos of the parents. If that is the case, we continue our search. If they do provide photos of the parents we can proceed with looking at the pedigrees.
Why do I look at the pedigrees? To ensure the puppy is not related to him/herself (incest). Typically if we are able to pass the first 2 questions we typically cannot pass this one. So we are back to searching. If the third question passes I have to go to part B. Part B is seeing if the puppy is related to our dogs. Since we do not want to have incest puppies.
Examples of some issues we have to face when finding the new member(s):
At the moment we are looking to add new members to the pack (Huskies & Dobermans).
Example 1: There were two pups that we were looking at and have passed the first 2 questions. However, when we got to question 3 it failed. They were related to themselves (incest).
Example 2: Another puppy was bred with her father. I mentioned this to the breeder. He simply stated, he needed to keep the bloodlines pure. I was shocked and couldn’t even reply.
Example 3: Another one stated it’s impossible to find a dog that is not incest. That one must do it [breed family members]. So I replied stating, it is difficult to find one that is not related. However, it’s not impossible. One just needs patience.