|You make a decision about your breed
every time you PAY for a pup. SO, only pay for a genetically
sound pup from a responsible breeder who knows what the breed standard
IS. Any good breeder is happy to compete with their dogs, at
least they should be!! Be
an informed buyer.
ALSO, they need to
have some type of title on the dog that is being bred, NOT just the
dogs in the pedigree. Any good breeder is happy to get out with
their dogs and do things with them, or at least they should be.
If you buy a puppy from a pet store, how can you ask the above
questions? If you buy a puppy because it is low cost, then
what do you except?
IF YOU CONTINUE TO GIVE YOUR MONEY TO POOR BREEDERS TO SAVE THAT
PUPPY’S LIFE THAT ONLY ENCOURAGES THAT PERSON TO CONTINUE TO BREED THAT
WAY. And puts more puppies at risk because of their continued
STOP, giving your money to irresponsible people who call themselves
breeders and they will quit breeding. SAVE their entire kennel by
calling the local Humane Society or board of health. You are in
control with your money.
To be a responsible breeder, you need to have some type of title on
your dog BEFORE you breed. You must have both parents hips
checked (OFA and PennHip are standard) and at least a CGC, Canine Good
Citizen, title to prove temperament. NOT EVERY dog is
worthy of being bred, just because they have papers or their parents
have titles. So do something RESPONSIBLE before you breed
STAFFORD'S PET DESIGN
I got our first White Shepherd for my son in 1987 and his name was
Spud. Spud didn't have the good hips that I breed today, but he had
heart. When he was six years old he started to slow down. His hips just
couldn't take it. Watching him try to run and play with the younger
dogs would just tear your heart out. It all could have been avoided if
his breeder had been responsible. He never would have had to go through
the pain of hip dysplasia.
I bred only OFA certified White Shepherds. Never will
produce a dog that might suffer like Spud. I have signed the AWSA
Breeders Code Of Ethics and believe in it. I also participate in the
White Shepherd Genetics Project to ensure improvement in the next
generations of White Shepherds.
Along with genetic testing you need to make sure that the dog's food is
of superior quality. I am a serious reader of the Whole Dog Journal.
They review foods, toys, and training methods. This is where I keep up
to date on the latest methods of training and the superior foods
available. This allows me to be informed of advancements and changes
taking place in the industry.
I believe that you can't prove you are breeding a good dog unless you
know what a good dog IS. The only way to know a good dog is by studying
the breed standard, getting opinions of judges, and earning titles on
It makes more sense to adopt a dog from Echo White Shepherd Rescue at