Breeder Credentials

Do breeder credentials speak for themselves?

We recently met with an OES breeder who...
-has had over 30 OES champions (breed standard, agility, obedience) across North America
-is part of the AKC and the CKC
-has all the necessary paperwork
-has been breeding for over 20 years
-has beautiful, healthy, happy-seeming dogs
-seems genuinely devoted to the OES breed

Is this a near-guarantee of a good puppy?

(We spent almost two hours with the breeder and the dogs, discussing many aspects of OES care and training. While we weren't asked many questions by the breeder, we shared a lot about our lifestyle and the breeder explained some of the reasons they've refused to sell puppies to prospective owners in the past. Is our search for the perfect breeder over? We want to do this right! Advice, please!)
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It's probably a near guarantee of a breeder who genuinely breeds for a "good" (meaning healthy, temperamentally sound, probably easily recognizable as an OES :wink: ) puppy.

There are no 100% guarantees when producing new life. We can't control genes to that degree. We can only do our best.

Naturally dream breeder will discuss health problems in the breed, what they test for and what their strategy is to minimize the risk of producing health problems. Of course, when you get that far, breeder will show proof of health clearances.

After that it probably comes down to gut feeling: do you feel good about this person (do they feel good about you?) You need to like them on some level because chances are they're going to be in your "business", keeping an eye on the puppy if you get one from them. Can you envision them as someone you could consider a friend? It's not a prereq, but it generally helps if you genuinely hit it off.

And, frankly, though you don't get a puppy from a breeder just because that breeder is the closest one to you, it does help to be reasonably close. It's nice to be able to bring the puppy back to the breeder for visits periodically, both for their sake (so they can see for themselves how things are going) and for yours (maybe a trim or a grooming lesson, some training tips etc). However, if the best breeder for you is a considerable distance away, maybe they have OES friends in your area who can be there for you with the more day to day questions if needed.

what she said - just like with human babies, there are no guarantees when you are breeding puppies. The thing is to find a breeder who will be there if you do have an issue.
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