Oodles of Doodles Rescue Collective ONLY supports
Rescue efforts throughout North America.
However, there are times that we are asked to recommend a breeder as the family has specific issues that need to be addressed that cannot be in rescue, like allergies or asthma. With that in mind, Oodles of Doodles will ONLY endorse breeders who do Health Testing on their breeding pairs, has high standards, raise their dogs in their home and have a strict return policy to ensure the safety of their dogs. If you are a breeder and would like to be included in this list please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and explain your testing, breeding and return policies.
We will not support Breeders, or anyone, who would dump a retired breeding dog in a shelter. We will help to Rehome a retired breeding dog providing he or she is spayed/neutered, utd on shots and he or she can be kept in your home until a home is found. In some instances, we will have a foster available to take a surrendered breeding dog. Contact us at email@example.com.
RESPONSIBLE BREEDERSDO NOT RETIRE THEIR DOGS IN KILL SHELTERS.
RESPONSIBLE BREEDERSDO NOT PLACE "FREE TO A GOOD HOME" ADS.
RESPONSIBLE BREEDERSTAKE GREAT PRIDE IN WHAT THEY DO, CARE ABOUT THEIR DOGS AND KNOW WHERE THEIR DOGS ARE.
RESPONSIBLE BREEDERSWILL LET YOU COME TO MEET THE DOGS.
RESPONSIBLE BREEDERSDO HEALTH TESTING & THE DOGS ARE IN THEIR HOME.
RESPONSIBLE BREEDERSHAVE A CONTRACT ASKING THE DOG BE RETURNED TO THEM IF THE ADOPTER CANNOT KEEP HIM/HER.
IF "YOUR" BREEDER IS NOT DOING THESE THINGS, THEY ARE N-O-T A RESPONSIBLE BREEDER.
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What Should You Look for In a Breeder?
1) A responsible doodle breeder does not sugar-coat the truth or give false promises about their dogs.
There are many myths floating around that good breeders do not promote. If it sounds too good to be true…it is.
Promising "non-shedding" or "hypoallergenic" is misleading about any dog.
A responsible breeder doesn't claim that their dogs are the perfect dog.
And a good breeder certainly doesn't claim that 'hybrid vigor' makes them immune to common breed diseases.
2) A responsible breeder only breeds dogs that have passed rigorous health testing.
This means yearly vet check-ups. Health testing has been done on the parent dogs. Without rigorous health testing, a number of conditions can be passed down to puppies.
Ask to see PROOF that they have passing OFA or PennHIP hip scores on both parents.
Ask for proof of eye clearance either through CERF or PRA.
CERF must be done annually and PRA is a genetic test that need only be done once for clearance.
Von Willebrands disease is a bleeding disorder similar to hemophilia...Poodles have it more often than retrievers, but it can be found in Goldens, too. Ask for genetic clearance for this disease, too.
Just vet clearances aren't enough. Breeders bring new dogs in to the world...if they don't care to do all they can to ensure optimum health...go to someone else who does.
3) A responsible breeder does not breed/sell many different breeds.
If you see several different breeds on a breeder's website...that is almost always a red flag. Similarly, how many dogs are on the property? Are they essentially a HUGE commercial kennel? Is it possible to put out good dogs while you have 30+ dogs on your property?
4) A responsible breeder offers a good health warranty.
Every breeder should offer the short term health warranty (3 to 5 days) on basic puppy health.
A truly responsible breeder stands behind what he/she produces and will also offer a minimum two year health warranty on the puppy you purchase. Anything less than that isn't very helpful because many hereditary conditions take time to develop.
5) What are the parents like?
Your puppy will inherit a lot of its personality traits from the parents. If you can meet the parents that is ideal.
6) What is the breeder's home like?
Is it clean? Does it appear to be a safe place for dogs? If you can’t visit the premises that’s a red flag.
7) How are puppies raised?
Are the puppies raised in the home where they can learn the sights and sounds of home living?
8) Is the breeder asking as many questions as you ask?
The breeder should also be interviewing you. You want a breeder who is picky about who their puppies go to--this means they're doing their best to ensure that any puppies they sell will go to a forever home. Breeders that sell to anyone who can write a check aren't worth supporting.
9) What is the breeders return policy?
For any reason, if you are unable to keep your puppy a good breeder will ALWAYS take it back. Check the contract to ensure that the breeder is always willing to take a puppy back if necessary.
10) Choose a Breeder who has High Standards
It comes down to principle; support those who have only the best intentions for the dogs they bring into this world. It means putting value on things done responsibly more than the personality of the breeder or the number of references. Please...support only those breeders striving to keep the bar set high for their practices.
While we do not endorse or screen breeders, we do allow breeder members to post their dogs for rehome. This may mean retired breeder dogs and / or returned dogs.
Last updated by LM Fowler - Admin Sep 30, 2012.