Though I have to agree with a great deal of what TM says - I do believe that there are Very Good hobby breeders who do not show their own dogs, but do breed champions and sell very good conformation quality pups. I once purchased a dog from a breeder who had not only been the president of her breed club but also was a vet and DID demand a deposit as well as advertise her puppies/ kennel - so I would disagree that it is against a code of ethics to do so. You aren't sworn in to a standard when you decide to become a breeder, and I guess thats the real issue - but whether you show or not, whether you judge or not, nothing is completely standardized or the breeds would never advance. That being said, caution is definitely needed and I would say that one of the best ways to find a reputable breeder is to rely on just that - reputation. Go to a show and see for yourself who is in your area. Ask for references - people you can call an speak with personally. Find ones in your area that have the breed and have GREAT (not just good) experiences with their breeders. It can be much more simple than it's made to seem.
Canadian Kennel Club Reg'd Breeder
· 1 decade ago