Like everything else in life,
not all breeders are equal.
We believe that with the creation of life comes responsibilities. Our primary reason for breeding, aside for our love of Norwich Terriers, is to breed better dogs. We take the utmost care and great pride in our breeding program. We very carefully consider temperament, health, genealogy and what will best represent the kennel club's written standard for our breeds. From the litters we breed we plan to keep a puppy to show and perhaps breed one day to further our own breed line, if this puppy meets all our expectations.
We also believe that responsible breeders must participate in the forum of dog shows so they can reasonably assess their own stock, and that of others. You can not see faults in your own dogs if you have nothing to compare them with. Showing dogs is not just about competing and winning but about comparison and education so that ultimately a breeder can do what is best for the breed.
Standings according to www.canuckdogs.com as at 31 December 2016
We consider our commitment to genetic health testing crucial to the well being of not only our own breed line, but the breed as a whole. We believe that the hallmark of a responsible breeder is if the breeder does genetic testing. Beware of anyone telling you that short legged terriers don't have any problems. Dogs are not perfect. The science that is available today permits us to make educated breeding decisions to breed better dogs. How can you know that your dogs do not have any problems if you have not tested them?
We strongly believe that Responsible Breeders, as a minimum, must:
- Breed dogs with a view to breeding better dogs than their current breeding stock, in accordance with the national kennel club standards;
- Ensure that all breeding stock and off-spring are registered with the legitimate national kennel club authority;
- Consider the health of the dog and follow national kennel club policy, regarding the maximum age and number or frequency of litters;
- Permanently identify breeding stock by one of: DNA profile, microchip, or tattoo;
- Make use of health screening schemes, relevant to the breed, on all breeding stock: DNA testing, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and eye conditions, where appropriate;
- Make sure that whelping facilities accord with requirements for good practice;
- Adequately socialize the puppies and provide written advice on future training;
- Provide written advice on feeding and suggest vaccine programmes;
- Provide a written record of the immunization measures taken;
- Provide reasonable post-sales telephone advice;
- Provide a reasonable, time limited money back or replacement guarantee; and
- Re-home the dog if required at any time during the dog's life.
Seeing that you are going to live with your puppy for many years to come, likely longer than the period that you will own your next car, it is well worth the time and effort to ensure that you are getting the quality that you expect. Take the time to get to know your breeder, and the breeder to know you, to make sure you get the right temperament dog for your lifestyle.
Here are a few web sites that deal with helping you find a Responsible Breeder:
Finding a Responsible Breeder - Myths and Facts
10 Reasons Why not to buy Pet Store Puppies
Checklist (to find) for the Responsible Breeder
Making a Difference: Being a Responsible Dog Breeder
How to pick a Good Breeder
Checking on Breeders to Confirm they are doing genetic Health Testing
It is easy to verify if a breeder has done genetic testing in North America. Simply go to the site Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). This is an open registry and displays test results ONLY if the test has been submitted to the OFA. On the OFA site you can also see Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) eye test results and again only if the test result have been submitted. (In Canada, the Ontario Veterinary College performs the same credible testing only the registry is closed to the public but breeders do get official certificates.)
From the "Hall of Champions" page I have added a link to our dogs’ on-line genetic testing records on the Orthopaedic Foundation for Animals website.
RESPONSIBLE BREEDERS TEST THEIR DOGS
Here is how to check:
- Go to http://www.offa.org/search.html (or on any page of the site select “Search OFA Records" from the left hand menu buttons.
- In the row labeled "Part of Name" enter the kennel name, or part or all of the registered name of the dog you are searching for. You can also leave this field blank if you do not know a name.
- In the "Breed" row enter the breed of dog you are looking for.
- In the row labeled "Report Type" click on "Animals having any of the selected reports"
- Click on "Begin Search" on the bottom of the form and you will get your results.
If results are not found on the OFA web site there are generally one of the following reasons:
★ Dogs must be over 2 years of age for many of the OFA tests. (CERF test can be done from 6 weeks old.) Tests done prior to that are called "preliminary tests" and are not posted.
★ The breeder hasn't submitted the test for an OFA Specialist analysis. Some breeders feel confident that their Vet or they themselves can read the x-ray sufficiently. Unfortunately, not submitting the results does not serve the breed as a whole. The registry permits other Breeders to make informed decisions on stud dogs and the general health of a other breed lines. The cost to send the results in is minimal. The benefit for other breeders is immeasurable.
★ The test was done in the last 30 days and the results have simply not yet been posted.
★The dog has failed the test and the breeder indicated on the submission form that abnormal results were not to be published. (Note: All passing results are published.)
★ If one number in the registration or paperwork is incorrectly submitted the files accessible from the internet will not find the results for the dog.