Questions to ask a chow breeder

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Questions to ask a chow breeder

Postby germyong » Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:55 am

I thought maybe a new thread to consolidate questions to ask chow breeders would be helpful for members on the forum who could be like me, a noob on the look out for breeders. Please feel free to share from your experience, and thanks in advance! :)

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Re: Questions to ask a chow breeder

Postby Rory's Dad » Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:03 pm

Sorry, but that's just way too generic to get any valuable responses.

But to get you started, you want to make sure you have access to the puppies parents. They should be approachable (if the dam is not that can be understood as she may still be nursing). You will want to view the facility to ensure that it is clean and humane. Puppy mills will frequently hide that actual area the dogs are kept and just show you a dog or two in the house. Ask for a complete tour. Look for OFA testing results . This ensures that the breeders are responsible and try to minimize the genetic defects within the breed. Although not a necessary detail, breeders that show their dogs tend to be more confident in the lineage. Dogs that have achieved a CH or GCH designation have accomplished a judging routine that demonstrates they are to breed standard and are pretty comfortable being around other dogs and people. I know its harder to do with some of the top breeders, but try to meet the entire litter. Nowadays pups tend to be sold before they are even born and then shipped to the new home. I was lucky enough to actually select my dog from the litter. Great story as he and my wife really picked each other in an instant bond moment. They are inseparable to this day. He wasn't the breeders 'pick of the litter', but we knew right away he was our dog.

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Re: Questions to ask a chow breeder

Postby germyong » Sat Aug 01, 2015 8:14 pm

I wish Dreamland Kennel will allow me to pick my pup when the time comes. I'm ready to fly to Texas to pick up my new love. And I hope we have imprint upon each other like your wife and dog. Thanks Rory's dad!

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Re: Questions to ask a chow breeder

Postby Demi01 » Wed Aug 26, 2015 8:54 pm

Does anyone else's Chow like to sleep under the table or under the bed? My Akita would sit on top or the coffee table, or the patio table outside so she could see over the fence (cat like) but my Chow seems to be under things. Under my ottoman, under dining room table or under my bed. Just curious if this is just her or this is common amongst many Chow's?

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Re: Questions to ask a chow breeder

Postby Ishibari » Thu Sep 03, 2015 2:42 am

What do you want to tell or not to my knowledge.

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Re: Questions to ask a chow breeder

Postby maikinda » Thu Sep 03, 2015 7:05 pm

I think the first question I would ask is "what health tests have been done on the parents of the puppy?". My next question would be about the health tests done on the other dogs in the pedigree. I would ask if the breeder guarantees any health problems such as hip dysplasia. Everything should be put in writing also so there are no misunderstandings.

Of course there will be more questions but these are some of the most important.

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Re: Questions to ask a chow breeder

Postby PCC » Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:34 pm

The first thing I would want to know about the breeder is why they are doing it, and for how long.


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