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    Default What should I look for in a breeder?

    I have been searching for a reputable breeder for a while now, and I think I may have finally found one (I had a deposit down on a puppy before, but I got some weird vibes so I pulled the plug). I have wanted a bulldog since I was a little girl so I want to make sure I do this right. The last thing I want to do is support a back-yard-breeder or a puppy mill, but this is my first time buying a puppy so I'm not exactly sure what to look for in a breeder so I would love to hear some opinions.

    The breeder that I'm considering is the only one to ask me questions about myself, my home, and my experience with bulldogs. All of the other breeders didn't ask me anything at all, they just told me where to send the money. She requires that her puppies' new owners administer NuVet vitamins for the first year and she will extend the health guarantee for an additional year (a total of 2 years) if the NuVet supplements are continued. She also has a spay/neuter claus in the puppy contract which I think is awesome! She doesn't begin "advertising" her puppies until they are 4 months old. She screens for genetic health and offers vet references.

    Does she sound like a good breeder? Here's a screenshot of her listing. I think she sounds pretty great, but is there anything else I should be looking for in a breeder? -screen-shot-2014-12-20-11_fotor-jpg

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    The spay/neuter part is standard, the rest.. well, she definitely said all the right things..lol

    Since she said she screens for health, I'd check with OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals).
    Just go to their site and enter the dam, and/ or sires name. If they're listed, check what they were tested for and make sure it's the usual bulldog health issues.
    If not, then I'd ask her why not since the OFA database is used by breeders.


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    Hello , in my opinion if your not showing your dog all that championship stuff looks good but means nothing and think your wating your money .. There puppies just like kids nothing is guaranteed .There are so many scams out there never send money western union . There's no way to track your money .. I bought my puppy off the internet but I 1st called their vet .I asked vet questions like are the parents healthy are the puppies healthy would you buy puppies from this breeder . I sent a check for a deposit then drove to get the puppy and met the parents .. Do your homework go on line google things or questions you want to know ..

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    Default Re: What should I look for in a breeder?

    She does sound great to me too. I would probably call the vet she uses. I don't know what other checking you would do other than to go see her and her facility in person. You're doing a good job screening breeders--there are so many bad ones out there.

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    So far her vet references check out and it looks like she has screened for cardiac, petallas, trachea, and thyroid. I still need to read up on what these are though. And yeah, @youmommasboy, I don't plan to breed or show so the champion stuff isn't very important to me either, although I do think it makes for a cute puppy. Luckily, the price is pretty standard for what you'd find in Ohio so I don't think I'm paying any extra for the bloodlines.

    I bit the bullet and went ahead and PayPaled the deposit on this little cutie! Eeep! She's 4 months old and soooo cute! I'll be picking her up when I get home after the holidays!
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    Patella are knees that pop, cardiac is for heart murmurs, trachea is good too since bulldogs do have breathing problems and many have very narrow trachs which pose problems the older they get. Not sure why she screened for thyroid though? hmm.

    She didn't screen for the hips though, but most don't since the majority of bulldogs have hip dysplasia. I personally would love to see a breeder do it though. But that's my own issue.

    She sounds like a good breeder and congrats on your new cutie!
    Please post pics when you get her.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ad0rabull View Post
    So far her vet references check out and it looks like she has screened for cardiac, petallas, trachea, and thyroid. I still need to read up on what these are though. And yeah, @youmommasboy, I don't plan to breed or show so the champion stuff isn't very important to me either, although I do think it makes for a cute puppy. Luckily, the price is pretty standard for what you'd find in Ohio so I don't think I'm paying any extra for the bloodlines.

    I bit the bullet and went ahead and PayPaled the deposit on this little cutie! Eeep! She's 4 months old and soooo cute! I'll be picking her up when I get home after the holidays!
    She is a beauty! Ellie gave you great info on the meanings of all those 25cent words ......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ad0rabull View Post
    So far her vet references check out and it looks like she has screened for cardiac, petallas, trachea, and thyroid. I still need to read up on what these are though. And yeah, @youmommasboy, I don't plan to breed or show so the champion stuff isn't very important to me either, although I do think it makes for a cute puppy. Luckily, the price is pretty standard for what you'd find in Ohio so I don't think I'm paying any extra for the bloodlines.

    I bit the bullet and went ahead and PayPaled the deposit on this little cutie! Eeep! She's 4 months old and soooo cute! I'll be picking her up when I get home after the holidays!

    omg what a sweety!!!! you have to share more pics.. I'm in love.

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    What a beautiful pup!!! Congratulations!! Do you have a name picked out for her?

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    Thank you! I can't wait to bring her home with us! The breeder has been calling her Millie and my husband and I really like it so we're thinking about sticking with it. My husband has been calling her Milli Vanilli

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    She's a beauty ! How exciting and congratulations on your new baby

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