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    It's difficult to get straight answers from even breeders. Try to find out through references if possible about previous litters. All puppies look cute but problems seem to show up as early as four months. You've taken a step in the right direction, by joining EBN!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel411 View Post
    I'm from Central Iowa, and yes, if anyone can recommend a breeder (or who to avoid) that would be great! Even just someone I could contact for playdates and socialization would be great!

    I've seen a few websites for breeders in the Midwest, but it's so hard to tell who is really concerned with the good of the breed and not just making some money. Hopefully some of the questions I ask will weed them out!
    A couple of red flags are too many puppies available, too many of their own dogs, any "buy now" buttons on the site, any deposit buttons on the site.

    A good breeder does not over breed, so they will usually have no more than 10 dogs of their own. Too many puppies says either broker or puppy mill. A good breeder will not put any type of pay button on their site because they will wish to interview potential adopters. When you talk to them on the phone you want to try to see if they are passionate about bulldogs. Since you are in the Midwest be very careful, there are a lot of puppy mills in those areas of the USA.

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    Hello and welcome to EBN and the wonderful world of bulldogs!!

    I think these are some of our members in the Iowa area @larendoodle @biogirl @GRACIE11 --- they may be able to help with the breeder suggestions
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    Hi I am also looking for a pup in that Area. Is it bad to get a puppy from another state and have it shipped? I see breeders have done that. I think I am ready to get my baby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel411 View Post
    I'm from Central Iowa, and yes, if anyone can recommend a breeder (or who to avoid) that would be great! Even just someone I could contact for playdates and socialization would be great!

    I've seen a few websites for breeders in the Midwest, but it's so hard to tell who is really concerned with the good of the breed and not just making some money. Hopefully some of the questions I ask will weed them out!
    I would love to help you find a breeder....Do you have an email I can send you the name of the breeder I used?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRACIE11 View Post
    I would love to help you find a breeder....Do you have an email I can send you the name of the breeder I used?
    @brynn81 You might want to PM @GRACIE11 for some information too if you are in the same area!!

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    Looking for a new pup will take a long while if you do it properly @desertskybulldogs highlighted some very important points in her post. Be very careful there are lots and lots of bad breeders, puppymills and people who just want to scam you. If someone wants to meat you somewhere other than their home then thats another clue to puppymilling and scamming. Good luck and dont give out any money until you are certain its a genuine good breeder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brynn81 View Post
    Hi I am also looking for a pup in that Area. Is it bad to get a puppy from another state and have it shipped? I see breeders have done that. I think I am ready to get my baby!

    Brynn81 - I personally would rather find a local breeder than having one 'flown in' for several reasons -

    1) the local breeder you can go visit, and see the kennels, home conditions, and decide if its a Puppy Mill or a back yard breeder or someone who takes alot of interest in their dogs - Alot of good breeders will be interviewing you as you are interviewing them.

    2) summertime and Flat Faces flying - a HUGE Chance of flying animals this time of year - any animal - but our flat faced friends are at a higher risk, unless you can fly to pick up your puppy and put him on as carry on (under your seat, type of thing, I've never done this..but I know it is done)

    3) you want your breeder to be within reach if you have any questions, or concerns - a breeder in the area, will probably be more willing to help, as this is 'Their' area, where they live and breed - if you are happy, then the word gets around town - if you are unhappy, that word also gets around town. Whereas if you fly 1000 miles to pick up your baby, they might not care as much.

    4) people tend to fall for the 'I can have one shipped in from (name the far away state here) for only $1500 -$2000, where my local breeder is asking $2500-$3500 - it all comes down to quality, healthwise of the puppy, you get what you pay for with bulldogs. (Dont get me wrong, some breeders list $2000 might have fine animals, and some breeders try to 'gouge' for 'Rare Colors' (which are not AKC Standards, and are 'freaks' to the quality)

    5) Stay away from buzz words like 'Tri-Color' 'Blue' 'Black' etc if the Breeder is breeding for Color, THAT is their main concern, not quality of health for the dog.

    back to my coffee good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertskybulldogs View Post
    A couple of red flags are too many puppies available, too many of their own dogs, any "buy now" buttons on the site, any deposit buttons on the site.

    A good breeder does not over breed, so they will usually have no more than 10 dogs of their own. Too many puppies says either broker or puppy mill. A good breeder will not put any type of pay button on their site because they will wish to interview potential adopters. When you talk to them on the phone you want to try to see if they are passionate about bulldogs. Since you are in the Midwest be very careful, there are a lot of puppy mills in those areas of the USA.
    excellent advice above! Welcome ! You will love it here!

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    Rachel, so glad you finally decided to join and give up the snooping. Just jump right on in and make yourself at home!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RaRett View Post
    Brynn81 - I personally would rather find a local breeder than having one 'flown in' for several reasons -

    1) the local breeder you can go visit, and see the kennels, home conditions, and decide if its a Puppy Mill or a back yard breeder or someone who takes alot of interest in their dogs - Alot of good breeders will be interviewing you as you are interviewing them.

    2) summertime and Flat Faces flying - a HUGE Chance of flying animals this time of year - any animal - but our flat faced friends are at a higher risk, unless you can fly to pick up your puppy and put him on as carry on (under your seat, type of thing, I've never done this..but I know it is done)

    3) you want your breeder to be within reach if you have any questions, or concerns - a breeder in the area, will probably be more willing to help, as this is 'Their' area, where they live and breed - if you are happy, then the word gets around town - if you are unhappy, that word also gets around town. Whereas if you fly 1000 miles to pick up your baby, they might not care as much.

    4) people tend to fall for the 'I can have one shipped in from (name the far away state here) for only $1500 -$2000, where my local breeder is asking $2500-$3500 - it all comes down to quality, healthwise of the puppy, you get what you pay for with bulldogs. (Dont get me wrong, some breeders list $2000 might have fine animals, and some breeders try to 'gouge' for 'Rare Colors' (which are not AKC Standards, and are 'freaks' to the quality)


    5) Stay away from buzz words like 'Tri-Color' 'Blue' 'Black' etc if the Breeder is breeding for Color, THAT is their main concern, not quality of health for the dog.

    back to my coffee good luck

    That is my problem. There are no breeders in my area...I would have to drive 5 hours one way to see the pup.

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