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Written by Brian Adam   
Saturday, 04 November 2017 21:13

Hence: Our Goldens are NOT SOLD via pet stores or third-party ever!

Our caring, professional staff personally screen all prospective owners, to ensure our Golden Retrievers find the perfect homes. Longtime local owner/operator Liz Gordon goes to great lengths to help you choose the right breed to match your lifestyle. Not only will she advise you on how to best care for a Golden, she also turns people away who cannot provide her pups with the ideal environment in which to thrive.

Dog Ownership is a lifetime commitment: Any decision with regards to their health and well-being should not be taken lightly.  With that in mind, Pet Country Estate tests for and guarantees the health & temperament of their pups.  We also have detailed documentation of their  lineage, demonstrate knowledge about canine health, genetics, socialization and development.  Responsible breeders such as Pet Country Estate DO NOT sell multiple breeds, they specialize in only one or two breeds.

They DO demonstrate extensive knowledge of the breed's history, traits, temperament & conformation - and have years of experience with the breed.  Every litter of show puppies has some dogs that will never compete in the show ring, often because they have physical traits that do not totally conform to exacting breed standards. However, these pups have been raised with as much planning, medical attention and socialization as their show-quality littermates and make wonderful pets.  While ranked dogs are a plus, rank itself is not a sole indicator of quality. It is desirable for the parent dogs to have earned titles on both ends of the dogs' names (Ch. and CGC/TT/TDI at the other end).  Note: CKC registry alone does not guarantee a healthy dog or even one that conforms to breed standards. CKC staff do not visit breeders to view the pups; registration is typically done through mail and involves the honour system.

Responsible breeders like Pet Country Estate: DO keep their dogs as pets, so they know that the offspring will be good pets as well.  They also value their reputation, and seek to improve the breed.  They breed only dogs that are themselves good pets and fine representatives of their breed.

They DO evaluate the health of pups using sound, standardized genetic and other testing recommended for the individual breed.  Thorough genetic screening enables responsible breeders to minimize their chances of producing a health-compromised puppy.  They also:

* Provide advice and guidance to purchasers. Interview and usually visit the homes of prospective puppy purchasers, placing pups only with people who demonstrate they can provide safe, responsible homes.

* Have at least the mother dog on premises, to let prospective purchasers observe the dog's health and behavior. Responsible breeders breed their female dog to the best male, not the most convenient one.

* Breed only dogs over 2 years old, and breeds the dog only a limited number of times; not every year

* Line up qualified buyers in advance of birth of a litter and rarely ever advertise.

* Do not separate a pup from the mother and litter before 8 weeks of age. Also deworm and vaccinate their puppies.

* Can provide references for happy puppy buyers.


"How much is that Doggie in the Window?"  aka: PUPPY MILL PROBLEMS

Regardless of staff claims that they buy from from reputable breeders, some puppies come from a large-scale commercial breeding operation, also known as a puppy mill. 

* Puppy mills often do not properly socialize their puppies.  Many pups lack fresh air, exercise, play, and sufficient positive human contact, which help a puppy become well-adjusted.

* Unsound breeding practices can predispose dogs to hereditary afflictions like hip dysplasia, dislocating kneecaps, eye problems, and aggression, as well as genetic conditions such as liver and heart diseases, autoimmune disorders, and seizures.

*They usually do not provide full information on genetic disorders prevalent in certain breeds, or copies of documents such as Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) on the hips of both parents and the Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) on the eyes of both parents.

* Animals from backyard breeders typically are not tested for genetic disease and are not adequately protected from illnesses such as parvo, as documented in news reports and in Animal Court cases. Thus, countless families have endured the heartbreak of seeing their pet store pups eventually become crippled by hip dysplasia, lose their sight due to progressive retinal atrophy, lose their hearing due to congenital deafness, die of cardiomyopathy or suffer from many other breeding-linked disorders from allergies to patellar luxation.

* They can be prone to parvovirus and distemper. For example, parvovirus symptoms are not immediately detectable, so a puppy with parvo may share a cage with a healthy puppy. Symptoms may not appear for several weeks, and by then the puppy might be in a new home. They typically come into contact with numerous animals at puppy mills and brokers' holding facilities, during transportation, and at pet shops, often exposing them to illnesses and parasites. Transportation stress can make them more susceptible to disease.

* Puppies can also be exposed to disease, infections and parasites.  A number of the trucks used to transport their live "merchandise" have been caught transporting puppies in inhumane conditions, as revealed in local newspaper stories this year and in past year.

* They do not typically screen buyers. Impulse buyers may not have prepared sufficiently or have a suitable environment for a puppy.  They do not take back and re-home dogs from customers who later realize they cannot or do not want to keep the dog for life.

In conclusion: Research The Breed and The Breeder!  When adding a new 4-legged member of the family to your home, consider adopting from a local shelter, humane society or rescue organization. We always advise "CAUTION" when buying a Dog from a Pet Store.  But if you've got your heart set on "Golden Retrievers" then by all means: DO visit us here at Pet Country Estate!

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 November 2017 21:16
 


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