I wanted to start a thread about breeders in general. This is not directed at any one breeder in particular.
I just think it's such a shame that some breeders are not more transparent and open about their lines and practices. Why is it so difficult to figure out from some breeders how many dogs they have, how many litters they breed a year and what health testing they do? It suggests to me those breeders have something to hide, yet I know some reputable breeders who also are not as forthcoming with information as they could be.
In an ideal world every claim a breeder makes would be openly backed up (either on a website or in some sort of document they provide to those who inquire about their lines straight away, before there's any talk of puppies).
- Say you do full health testing? Prove it by listing every test your breeding stock has undergone, the results and link to the OFA website. To my understanding every dog that has been OFA registered is listed at the website, someone can correct me if I'm wrong.
- Say you only breed quality dogs who improve the breed and meet the standard? Prove it by providing the dog's full registered name, any titles and a 5 generation pedigree so I can do my own research.
- Say you only have occasional litters? Prove it by listing all the breeding stock you have as well as the litters you have bred in the last 3 years (this one could easily be falsified, but it would still be nice to know).
Any other ideas? What other information do you all think transparent breeders would provide without you having to ask a million and one questions?
ETA: I know there are many reputable breeders out there who easily provide this information as soon as you ask for it. I just think it would be great if this information was made more easily available to potential puppy buyers starting out their research. This is my first time starting out in a breed from scratch and separating the breeders I would be comfortable with from the ones I wouldn't has been a real challenge for me. And I know what to look for! I can only imagine what a challenge it must be for the average puppy buyer.