Interviewing the Breeder

pup CYMRO occasionally offers puppies, young adults and older Welsh to suitable homes. As a breeder, these are some of the questions that I would expect to answer:

1. "Are you a member in good standing with the Canadian Kennel Club and/or a recognized National Breed Club?"

You might also ask what club activities the breeder has taken on. All clubs require a breeder to sign a "Code of Ethics" before you become a member and are put on their "Breeders List".

2. "How long have you been breeding Welsh Terriers?"

While the veteran breeder will have more experience than the newcomer, both should be evaluated carefully.

3. "How many litters do you average in a year?"

A small number of puppies raised in a home atmosphere will ensure that your puppy is well socialized and cared for. Be wary of too many puppies and/or too many breeds in the same household. Puppies should not be brought into this world to satisfy the financial needs of the breeder.

4. "Are the sire and dam CKC/AKC registered and are they Champions?"

All breeding stock should not only be registered, but of sufficient quality to attain their Conformation Championship. While it may not be the perfect measurement of a breeder's commitment to the breed, it is the only one we have. At the same time, you might ask what other activities the breeder is involved in - i.e.: obedience, agility, flyball, go to ground etc.

5. "Does the breed have specific health problems?"

Some breeds have problems that are associated with that breed. The ones that sometimes show up in Welsh are of the general canine variety and not breed specific. i.e.: achalasia, allergies, epilepsy, glaucoma, lens luxation, heart murmuers, legg-perthes and thyroid problems.

6. "Do you give a written guarantee covering health and genetic problems?"

Ask about the time period covered by the guarantee. Some genetic problems don't show up until the dog is older, so there should be no time limit. At the same time, be realistic - a lot of problems after the age of seven or eight are age induced.

7. "Is the dog vet checked before he is delivered?"

Is this vet check in writing? You may also be required to have your own vet establish that the dog is in good health upon his arrival. This sets up a good working relationship between breeder and client.

8. "Why do you raise Welsh Terriers?"

This may be the most revealing question of all. There is no perfect answer, but the response may well give you a great deal of insight into the breeder's character.

Keep in mind that each breeder will have different policies and opinions, so pick the one that you feel comfortable with.

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