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Old 03-04-2013, 03:45 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Old 03-04-2013, 04:29 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by 2manydogs View Post
Holy cow did this thread ever go in a different direction. I think things were taken out of context.

I will say that I personally know this breeder. As a potential puppy buyer you need to ask yourself what do you feel comfortable with and what don't you. Bedford, has only two boxers that have limited health testing but at least they have some. They researched their lines through multiple generations and have documentation showing the health results of those generations. They in home raise and take great care in placing their puppies.

I would rather purchase from this type of breeder that knows about their dogs and lines than someone who just throws to dogs together cause they look nice.

Some breeders do more testing, some do none and others do what they are concerned about.

In the end it comes down to going to the breeders home if possible, talking to them on the phone and looking at what information they have regarding their lines/health testing.

If you feel comfortable then move forward with that breeder. If not, than look elsewhere.
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I agree very much with what Kari said in terms of being comfortable with the breeder you choose to purchase a puppy from. There has to be trust and comfort between the breeder and the buyer. If there isn't a sense of trust there, the relationship can and probably will go downhill very quickly especially if issues come up once the puppy goes home.

When I was looking for a breeder (before finding Logan) I found a breeder who did all of the testing that I was looking for and they were involved in conformation. It was a perfect match for me until I started talking to her. She was very stuck up and had an attitude problem. I did not appreciate the way she spoke to me (even though it was still all via email at the time) so I moved on. Luckily, I found Logan's breeder next and we hit it off right away. Needless to say, Logan came home shortly after.

As for health testing and comfort levels goes, I think we're all sensitive on certain issues based on what we've dealt with in our lives. As Kari said, when you're looking for a puppy you have to decide what you want. You have to do your research on the health conditions that plague this breed (or whichever breed you're looking to own) and decide for yourself if you think getting a puppy from health tested lines is worth it and if so which tests do you require. For me personally, I lost my boy to ARVC. Therefore going forward, I will only buy a puppy from a breeder who does thorough health testing on the heart. I will also make sure that there is no ARVC in their lines. I do know that in the end my health tested puppy from ARVC clear lines can still end up with ARVC, but having that piece of mind in my head knowing that the breeder did everything they could do to ensure their puppies are healthy is priceless to me. Had I lost my boy to some form of cancer, I'd most likely be more concerned over that than the heart side of things.

To the breeder in question in this specific thread, I do not think there was any malicious intent in this thread. Posting on a forum like this is in many ways like having a verbal conversation with someone. In the flow of conversation questions are asked and answered and sometimes the threads just kind of wander off or take on a mind of it's own. I honestly don't think anything negative was aimed at you at all. Especially since earlier in the thread it was commented that you do do some health testing. The BYBers that were being spoken of are the ones who do not do any health testing, these so called breeders have a male and a female and put them together to create puppies to sell. Where you do health testing you're not in this BYB category, at least not in my eyes.
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:03 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Thank-you for your input. If anyone has any further questions, feel free to contact me privately. Otherwise, I will no longer be on this forum, as I previously stated, I am no longer breeding Boxers. Thank-you.
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Default Bedford Reg'd - advice on breeder

All that and you're not even breeding anymore.....
Sheesh, what was the point then?

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