French Standard Poodles
South of France
A pedigree is a record of your dog's ancestors - sire (father),
dam (mother), grandsire, granddam, great-grandsire and so forth.
Genetic testing is done to help breeders avoid passing on genetically
transmitted diseases and anomalies. There is no line of living
creatures totally free of genetic problems, including humans,
but the incidence of problems can be markedly decreased by careful
and selective breeding.
The first thing to look for in a pedigree - any pedigree - is
the reccurance of the same names.
What you should expect in writing from a breeder:
- Generally a Kennel Club registration slip (UK Crufts, US AKC,
Canada CKC). But bear in mind that kennel clubs are largely
responsible for the genetic problems in most breeds of dog.
Most healthy dogs have no connection with any kennel club
- At least a three generation pedigree
- Copies of the test results of genetic screening for health
problems of the sire and dam
- Copies of applicable testing done on the puppy
- A printed contract including:
- Health guarantee
- A timeframe (2 days to a week) to determine if the puppy
will fit the buyer's household
- A time period for the buyer to secure a veterinary check
(24 48 hours)
- A statement of the breeder's refund/return policy
- Feeding instructions
- Vaccination and worming schedule - when given and when
due - and what products were used
Many breeders provide pictures of the sire and dam, puppy manuals
which give housebreaking hints,and training advice and information
on health. These are an added bonus but not absolutely necessary.
A small quantity of puppy's food-enough to last for several day-is
Many puppies are shipped safely by air to their new homes. The
puppy buyer is responsible for the cost of the airfare and shipping
crate. Many breeders may ship the puppy in a "loaner crate" which
the buyer must UPS back to the breeder as soon as possible. If
the buyer chooses to return the puppy for any reason, the cost
of the return airfare is the responsibility of the I buyer.
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