kingfisher7151 Posted April 6, 2015 Report Share Posted April 6, 2015 I am nowhere near ready to take on another dog. But in 2, 3, 4 years I will be ready to add another. I know that many of the strongest working breeders only have a litter every few years, so I'm looking at being proactive. Especially since I am not a working home, I know that I likely will have a very long wait ahead of me. So, in the next year I will likely be starting to make contact with some breeders, even though Next Dog would be several years away. I'm quite fine with spending 3 years on the wait list. I have become paranoid about HD. I would be really, really nervous about bringing home a dog from untested parents. But as I've been doing my research, there are a lot of highly respected working breeders who don't do health testing. (Red Top, etc.) I'm curious what everyone's priorities are when purchasing a pup. Is testing important to you? If the breeder is very strong in all other ways, would you be willing to forego testing? And as an aside, I've seen a great many breeders with "working homes only" programs. I always get very excited about a breeder, only to see that they wouldn't be interested in placing one in a pet home. (Even though I show cowhorses and am heavily involved in that world, I just don't have stock. Agility is likely in the near future as well.) Is that something that is likely to limit my chances at having a strong working bred dog? I should note that a decent bit of my research has been through word of mouth. I have a good few friends who trial their dogs, mostly on cattle. So I'm not just looking on the internet. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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