what should i ask a breeder before i buy a puppy?

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Question by angel: what i ask a breeder before i ?
well i’m interested in getting a but i want to make sure (since they have a bad rep) that the dog will be safe. I heard that you should ask for clearences (eye, hip, elbow, heart ect.) i’m not sure what this means though and what i should be looking for? what are other things that i should ask the breeder?
how long is too long for a german shepherd to be alone during the day? we had an akita that did fine being home for 5 hours while the family wasn’t here would this be okay for a shepherd too?

Best answer:

Answer by nikky
German shepards are pretty good about using the rest room when they are potty trained. They only have to go about every 6 hours. But it’s always different. You have to look for a blood line of hip displasya.

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    • Dani42379
    • December 14, 2013

    Jump on the AKC website and check out the breed there first. Temperament of any dog depends on its breeding but also a lot on its raising.

    The AKC site will tell you about the breed standard and general behavior.

    The BEST way to find out about a breed, to really find out, is to visit several websites for German Shepherd Rescues. If you’re not familiar, breed rescues are people familiar with the breed of dog, who know the joys and pitfalls of the dog, and find new homes for dogs given up for a multitude of reasons. Just type “german shepherd”+rescue into a search engine. Select a few from the list. These groups focus on re-homing the breed so they will be the most familiar and honest about the breed’s good and bad points. Responsible rescue groups won’t try to “sell” you a dog. They’re not a business. They are looking for forever homes for the breed.

    And since shepherds are often abandoned, young and old, you may even find the perfect german shepherd to rescue!

    I’m certain there are many, many wonderful breeders out there. But there are also tons of awful ones who just want to sell you a dog for money. The good breeders will tell you that too. So check unbiased sources first. Also, not all AKC registered dogs are worth the paper they’re registered on. As long as the parents are registered, the puppies can be. Bad breeders can have two poorly bred, inbred, registered parents and sell you a registered puppy.

    The certifications you mentioned are health certifications which give you some assurance that those features on the dog are sound. It’s not a guarantee though. Nothing can give you that. I know with the elbows and hips, x-rays are taken and sent to a specific osteopathic organization that “certifies” them. They give the breeder an objective medical view of those joints, making sure they’re not too loose or prone to dysplasia, and I’m sure many other things. Breeders then mate pairs who are both “certified” and likely produce offspring who will also have hips, elbows, etc, without problems.

    Also, lots of people forget that german shepherds are herding dogs. If you’re not familiar with herding dogs, read up. They are high energy, social, need a “job” and sometimes get focused to the point that they do odd, even sometimes destructive, things.

    Sorry this is long, but last, breeders ask you to sign a “will not breed” paper because too many people think breeding is a hobby. It’s not. It’s a career which takes dedicaiton, lots of money, love, research and concern for the overall breed. Puppy mills are large, factory like breeding facilities with awful conditions. To responsibly and properly breed, you have to know the ins and outs of a breed and select a mate to compliment a dog’s own characteristics. They are trying to protect the breed as a whole by having new owners sign those forms.

    As an example, after the movie “101 Dalmations” came out, every dog loving family in the USA wanted one. So, people thinking they could make a buck, started breeding them irresponsibly. Now, the breed is plagued with behavior and medical problems. It’s happened to other breeds, too.

    • MissKathleen
    • December 14, 2013

    Many breeders make you sign a paper stating that you will not breed your dog in the future. This prevents puppy mills where less than perfect puppies are bred by the dozens and sold from the newspaper. You might want to ask if you have to sign such a paper. I would like to breed by little chiquaqua some day and when I went shopping for him, I refused to buy from a breeder trying to stop me from breeding my dog. I think it should be a decision for the new buyer to make, not the breeder.

    Also, you may want to ask if there is a 30 day “warranty” on the puppy, whereby you can take him to a vet and have him checked out. Many puppies die before the first 30 days due to parvo and other diseases due to their undeveloped immune system. Good Luck with your new puppy.

    • st.lady
    • December 14, 2013

    When buying a dog don’t let them tell you the pup has been cleared for hip problems etc.. They cant tell until the dog is at least a year old sometimes two. You need to get info on the parents and their health conditions. What problems if any have they had. I keep health record of all my dog for life. Any breeder that takes care of their dogs will be proud to show you these records. If they don’t, buy somewhere else. Go over the records and if there is anything you don’t understand ask them for their vets name and number. Read EVERYTHING in your sales contract and make sure there are no blank spaces. If you don’t understand something research it. Buying a dog is an investment. Research the breed and its standard now. It will describe what traits to look for and possible problems to look out for, like congenital defects most predominant in this particular breed. Never buy on impulse and buy without emotion the two will get you screwed. Look at this pup like you would buying a car. Good Luck

    • lone-wolf
    • December 14, 2013

    Nikky’s right. Make sure the breeder can give you documentation that the do is not susceptible to hip dysplacia, eye and ear problems, his heart is not defective and that his joints are in good form. Make sure you ask to see the mother and if possible the father. Ask whether there are any problems in hip displacia in the family line of both parents. You can also ask whether there is a warranty on the dog.
    When I bought my lab, the owner gave me a warranty, that ensured the dog as healthy, and if he became sick within two years of life, with a genetic disease, she would replace the dog with another puppy.
    I know it sounds harsh, but you need to ask these questions. If the owner can’t answer these questions they are not reputable dog breeders.

    • averagebear
    • December 14, 2013

    ok, i’m no expert here, but I would ask what’s the return policy. i have only gotten second hand dogs (good ones!)from the shelters, so i’m not sure what it’s like to get a new dog from the manufacturer. I mean, do you get some kind of warranty?

    • brewster24
    • December 14, 2013

    1. AKC registered
    2. Previous customers for references

    • grey_wolf_fang
    • December 14, 2013

    Hip problems are very comman on purebred German Shephards, very true, but they are something I wouldn’t trade the world for. I’m no expert, but you should ask the breeder about any health problems that the parents have. Also, if the pup shows any early signs of problems.

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