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Breeder of merit?

Okay, so some of you know that I have been looking for a quality breeder and the search continues! I actually have made contact with Chuckanut (sort of...he messaged me back and gave us a number to call, but we had to leave a message. I'm sure we will get in touch...it's a busy time). We are looking at all options to get the right fit, so my question is what exactly is a breeder of merit? I've done a little research on the AKC website and this is what it says:

Has a history of at least 5 years involvement with AKC events.
Earned at least 4 Conformation, Performance or Companion event titles on dogs they bred/co-bred.
Member of an AKC club.
Certifies that applicable health screens are performed on your breeding stock as recommended by the Parent Club.
Demonstrates a commitment to ensuring 100% of the puppies produced are AKC registered.

The other breeder we are looking at is on the breeder referral list and listed as a breeder of merit, however they don't have a website. We contacted them some time back and she said to contact them after the first of the year. Any thoughts?
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A breeder of merit has demonstrated a committment to the sport of purebred dogs. They don't sit on the sidelines, they're involved! They generally play by the rules and are above board when dealing with others.
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Sorry I don't put a huge amount of stock in the breeder of merit thing. First off how hard is it to breed five dogs with a RN title? (which would qualify for the title requirement) The breed health checks are not verified, you just have to click "yes" to that question. There are plenty of GREAT breeders who don't bother to fill out the breeder of merit application.
IOW it's nice but doesn't mean a whole lot.
Chuckanut is an excellent breeder, you're on the right track.
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Okay, thank you both for your input!!! I knew it wouldn't have been a bad thing, I just wasn't sure how easy it was to become one. The one that was throwing me off was the "earned at least 4 Conformation, Performance or Companion event titles on dogs they bred/co-bred." So thanks again for the help!
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A Chuckanut puppy would be amazing. Great choice.
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I had the same question about "Breeders of Merit". It seems like there are several excellent breeders who do not have this distinction, which leads me to think it's something the breeders view as not worth the time or money. Am I correct in assuming breeders must pay a fee to become a Breeder of Merit (in addition to meeting all the requirements of course.)

I work as a vet tech at a small animal practice and this is how my boss views AAHA accreditation (American Animal Hospital Association). It's not that we don't already do all of the things required to be accredited - it's that you have to pay them and get inspected and 95% of clients don't even know what AAHA accreditation is, so the cost-benefit analysis makes it not worth it.

I'm surprised to hear there is no type of verification for the Breeder of Merit, though. What a shame.
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I know Chuckanut is reputable - so no comments on that.

I also think 'Breeder of Merit' by AKC means pretty much diddly - I know a breeder who has that on her signatures and so on and I know for a fact, that she is not a reputable breeder anymore, because she has been cutting corners for years now where she used to do all by the book. I would never get a pup from her.
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I agree, Breeder of Merit means nothing to me.
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I would jump at the opportunity to have a Chuckanut puppy!

Ken judged our specialty last May and I had the opportunity to meet and chat with him. Very impressive and the nicest guy, both in the ring and out.

He and his dog did Very Well at Westminster a few years ago!
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I had the same question about "Breeders of Merit". It seems like there are several excellent breeders who do not have this distinction, which leads me to think it's something the breeders view as not worth the time or money. Am I correct in assuming breeders must pay a fee to become a Breeder of Merit (in addition to meeting all the requirements of course.)

I work as a vet tech at a small animal practice and this is how my boss views AAHA accreditation (American Animal Hospital Association). It's not that we don't already do all of the things required to be accredited - it's that you have to pay them and get inspected and 95% of clients don't even know what AAHA accreditation is, so the cost-benefit analysis makes it not worth it.

I'm surprised to hear there is no type of verification for the Breeder of Merit, though. What a shame.
Sounds like being a member of the Better Business Bureau. My husband did it for two years, very expensive, and they kept asking for more money and they had no idea who we were. To me, it was meaningless.
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