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We ALL love our dogs, no matter where they came from. That is not the point of this thread, as I explained.
There are plenty of threads discussing the pros & cons of BYB. This is not meant to be one of those.
It was a simple explanation and thank you. Nothing more, nothing less.
All I can say is Ok..
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Wow, I forgot you were such a newbie to this board.

I started stalking this board and another one GoldenChat before I picked a breeder and it helped me a lot in choosing a breeder. Before that, I thought just any breeder was good, because I was not supporting puppy mills.

This board helped me get through Brady's puppyhood. I found out my little landshark was totally normal.

This board helped me in finding my rescue golden MacKenzie.

This board has also probably saved me many calls to the vet. Did you know one of the most common visits to vets for golden retriever puppies is the black spots on their tongues ( treat spots )? So, when Brady's showed up when he was a puppy, I already knew about it.

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I got my little cavalier king charles (Charlie) from a private breeder who has only bred 2 litters and that is it. I then read all the horror stories about back street breeders so when we got Molly we went to a registered breeder who breeds show dogs and we know Molly's parents were tested. Not that this is a guarantee but it felt right to do it this way the second time around. I love this forum and it has and still does give me lots of good advice and quite afew laughs too. It's nice to know I'm not alone in raising this loveable but very rebellious teenage dragon.
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Wow, I forgot you were such a newbie to this board.
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Yeah, I bet it seems like my big mouth has been around here a lot longer than Aug huh?!
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Ok. What is a back yard breeder? Maybe I don't know what this means. Mia is AKC but I also know that means nothing. Allie was AKC but that didn't mean anyting.
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This is a great forum for the original reason, Joyce, and for so many more reasons. I have learned from so many people on here, about quality breeders and why they are the way to go when getting a puppy. If I had more knowlege I may, maybe, might have, turned down Tayla when she was offered to us. I would have done it during that first email my husband sent me, but not after I had her that's for sure. We will have a life time of issues with her hips and what ever else comes up. But the things I've learned don't just stop there and the people I've learned from have been a valuable help to me in my first "puppy" in more ways than you will ever know. I'm so glad I have so many people to get information from about a breed that I dearly love.

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I agree, since Bentley is my first pup this forum has been a life saver for me & Bentley. Well, truthfully, the fact that Bentley is so cute has been a lifesaver for him
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I know how you feel. I already had sent my deposit for Chester and was going through with it still after reading about clearances and everything else your suppose to look for with a reputable breeder, I didn't want to wait to save the amount of money. I just wanted a puppy and like you I didn't understand the big deal but now that I have been reading a lot more I see why BYB aren't a good idea. When I plan on getting Chester a brother or sister later down I will most definitely get a reputable breeder or even rescue.


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So I just wanted you to know that even though some of these threads get very heated, you are getting through to some of us.
Thank you for loving the pups enough to educate old, set in their ways, hard headed people like me
I second everything you said in your post! I started coming to this forum when my boyfriend got his golden puppy, Bernie. I didn't know anything about breeders/health clearances/etc. I knew that it was worth getting your puppy from a breeder even if it is expensive - but I didn't know there were good and bad breeders. Bernie is the most amazing pup ever, sweet and is quite the character. Unfortunately his breeder was a back yard breeder (not a fan at all of how he was kept), his parents aren't registered and don't have health clearances (I found a couple of his grandparents and great grandparents on k9data but thats about it). This doesn't change how much we love Bernie whatsoever! He's the most amazing dog and I can't wait to spend many many years with him! But I'm really nervous about health issues, especially with Golden's history of hip dysplasia and cancer..etc. Luckily there are so many great threads in this forum talking about keeping your dog healthy - whether its from a BYB or a reputable breeder. My boyfriend and I are looking into Vitamin C and other supplements for Bern to keep him as healthy as possible despite bad genetics. Because of this board I got my puppy (Oliver, picked him up today) from a reputable breeder. I could not be happier! Ollie's parents have all their health clearances, have a history of competition, and their kennel was immaculate. The breeder is extremely involved in her pups lives after they leave the 'nest' (she asked to be invited to the wedding if my bf and I got married...haha) I'll definitely be leaning on her (along with this forum) for advice with raising both Bernie and Oliver. She's already helped out a lot with Bernie's training and couldn't wait to meet him even though he wasn't one of her pups. The care and dedication to the breed that reputable breeders have is remarkable and oh-so important. I wish that we could rid the world of BYB's for the dogs' sake . All dogs deserve loving homes, which is why its great that dog-lovers buy pups from everywhere and give them great lives! I just wish that all breeders cared as much and bred to give all dogs the healthiest lives possible. Thanks to everyone on this forum for all the advice and knowledge you've given us newbs!


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Glad you learned something here! Please make sure to 'pay it forward' and teach others looking for a puppy and the next time you are looking for a puppy, follow the new information you've learned!
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