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If you purchased from a responsible breeder, there is probably a reason the Limited Registration box was checked. You can ask the breeder, but as ACC said, they may want to wait to lift the Limited-if they are willing to lift it at all- until the dogs have all clearances necessary-hips, elbows, hearts and eyes-and possibly have earned one or more titles.
As a breeder, if there is a dog I feel truly has potential for show/hunt tests/breeding, I keep it or place it with a friend. Pets are sold as non-breeding pets for a reason, often something minor enough that your typical pet owner is not going to notice but that as a breeder, I do not want to be responsible for perpetuating in the breed.
Also, truthfully, there is much more to responsible breeding than buying a bitch and breeding her to your own males. While serious breeders will do this sometimes, your very best breeders are always looking to improve and better what they have and chances of the best dog for your girl being one that you own, are slim. You have to have clearances on all involved as well as several generations of clearances on ancestors. You also need to know their pedigrees-what combinations have produced what issues/good things, in the past. This takes study and work. Every successful breeder I know had a mentor to help them through this process.
There are "pin money" breeders, who own the male and the bitch and just breed their own dogs to their own dogs over and over. They do meet a need, as long as they are doing all the clearances and keeping track of what they produce health wise. They are not however improving on what they have and moving forward to producing better dogs.
Tahnee Golden Retrievers
Last edited by Tahnee GR; 05-04-2007 at 11:55 AM.
Reason: Forgot something ;-)