Hello, everyone. I am about to buy a golden retriever puppy and think I have found the right breeder. I have a question though. My wife and I asked her if we could see the pedigree for her dogs. The breeder said she could give us their AKC registration numbers and look them up online. My question is this: Is this normal/acceptable? Also, does it cost anything to look up pedigree's online? Thanks for your help!
That is not normal or acceptable. The breeder should give you at least a 4-generation pedigree or be able to send you to the pedigree on www.k9data.com. She should also be able to give you copies of the hip, elbow, heart and eye clearances on both parents or, again, be able to send you to the OFA/CERF websites to view the clearances.
There is a fee for on-line pedigrees but I do not remember how much it is-
but you should not have to do it.
What about this breeder makes you think she is the right one? Personally I already see a red flag if she does not have pedigrees available, and clearances as well.
No, it doesn't cost anything.
Our breeder gave us printed copies but that was after we had paid the downpayment.
But I would positively look up the pedigree on line before I paid a downpayment on a dog.
Ask her for the numbers and see if she steps up and provides or puts you off....
This is an issue worth pursuing before you put up cash or worse fall in love with a pup...
Online pedigrees are $10 on the AKC website. Assuming the puppy has not been registered yet, you would need a pedigree for both the sire and the dam.
Maybe we did get our pedigrees from her on paper before we paid the deposit cause I know I didn't have to pay for them. Sorry.
I was looking up all my future dogs forefathers in The World Of The Golden Retriever.
You can look them up for free on K9 Data though right?
I agree about getting all that info up front though.
Yes, k9data.com is a free site and a wonderful resource :-)
Thanks for your help everyone. Much appreciated.
The breeder Cooper and Pippa are from includes a "puppy package" with each pup going home. In this package is a copy of the heart, eye, elbow and hip clearances on both the mom and dad, a picture of both the mom and dad upon winning their championship, the pedigree chart for both mom and dad, copy of the contract, and pages of information about feeding, training, what to expect, etc. I might be forgetting some stuff but it was a pretty comprehensive package.
Oh I also remember when my brother brought Cooper home, there was a page in that package that he had to sign. It was an agreement that:
- he would not chain the dog (i.e., it would be in a fenced yard, etc.)
- he agreed to attend obedience classes
There may have been other things but that's all I remember.
You got all that upon going home with the puppy but how did you know before you decided to go with that breeder and dogs?
How did you know the pedigree, clearances info ahead of time. I want to know before I invest any excitement or money in a pup about the pedigree and clearances etc.
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