Kennel vs. Home

We recently visited an OES breeder who had lovely, well-behaved and quiet dogs. The only thing that bothered us was that the dogs live in a kennel rather than in the breeders' house with their family members. The kennel is very nice and clean, but we have read that OES puppies should be socialized by living with family members, not in a separate, adjacent building.

Would this worry any of you? (Otherwise, the breeder is very reputable and has won tons of dog show awards... and there are eight adult dogs on the premises, which we imagine would be hard to have indoors!)

We appreciate your help!


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you know a lot of marginal, shall we say breeders, try to entice people with "family raised" puppies.

I think the questions should be
1) are her dogs healty (as documented with OFA and other testing)
2) did her dogs seem socialized?
3) did you feel comfortable around her, and did you like the way she interacted with her dogs?

A book can give an opinion of what an ideal situation is, but the proof, as it were, is in the puppy :wink:
That wouldn't bother me in the least if all the other conditions were good. You can have lots of socialization and interaction by visiting the puppies in a kennel while caring for them.
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