This popular children’s song makes choosing a pup sound simple but finding just the right dog requires effort. You can rescue, adopt, or purchase a pup. After considering these options, if you decide to purchase a purebred dog, it is best to find a breeder who has the best interests of the dog AND you at heart.
the first step is to find a breeder who knows what they are doing. Unlike pet stores and unscrupulous breeders, good breeders are careful to breed only healthy dogs with good temperaments. This means that any puppy you get from them has a better chance of turning out to be a good family pet. They also know how to raise their puppies in a way that prepares them for life as a family dog.
There are plenty of breeders out there who are uninformed, unscrupulous or both. Take your time and be picky about finding the right one.
The answer should be “in the house with the family.” A puppy who’s born into family life has a better shot at growing up relaxed and friendly. A pup isolated from humans in a backyard, garage, or basement is more likely to wind up shy or aggressive.
Puppies should be handled by lots of different people beginning very early in life so they’ll grow up to be comfortable and safe around humans. Ideally, the breeder throws regular puppy parties, inviting lots of guests over to play with and handle the pup. Five minutes of daily pats on the head by the breeder won’t cut it.
Meeting the father may not be possible, but you should certainly meet the mother. A puppy’s parents give you better insight into her future personality than does her breed. A friendly, well-behaved Mamma or Papa dog is a good sign, both that you’ve found a good litter and a good breeder.
A breeder with just one or two litters a year will have the time to give them the care and handling they need, and to find them good homes. Each female dog should be bred no more than once a year.
Many breeds are prone to certain genetic conditions. The breeder should offer health clearances–documentation from an independent agency, such as the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals or the Canine Eye Registration Foundation–that the parent and grandparent dogs were tested for hereditary problems. (You’ll need to do some research on your breed to find out what the parent dogs should be tested for–our breed profiles are a great place to start.)
Because some genetic conditions don’t show up until adulthood, health clearances aren’t available for dogs younger than two years old. For that reason, a responsible breeder won’t breed dogs until they’re two or three years old.
Good breeders should be happy to give you references; even better, they’ll refer you to other breeders as well as customers.
Keep your eyes open when you’re visiting breeders. Here’s a check list of what to look for in a good breeder.
Puppies who are going to be family dogs should be raised inside with the family, not in a backyard, basement, or garage.
Don’t worry about the dirty dishes in the sink–just make sure the dogs’ living area is safe, sanitary, and that they’re supplied with fresh water, beds, and toys. Is there a toilet area in the puppy’s living quarters, or is it all one big toilet? If it’s the former, the puppies have a head start on housetraining.
A good breeder is motivated by enthusiasm for the breed, not by making a little extra cash.
If you’re buying a dog who’s not going to be bred, the breeder should ask you to sign a contract promising to spay or neuter your pup, to avoid contributing to pet overpopulation.
For one thing, extremely small or extremely large dogs are more likely to have health problems. For another, trying to breed for rare colors or extreme sizes is a sign that the breeder is more interested in making money out of a sales gimmick than in producing great puppies.
Whether that means a tendency to develop certain health problems or a temperament that’s not for every owner. A good breeder wants you to love and care for your new dog for his entire lifetime, and she knows that’s more likely if you’re well prepared.
To make the best match, the breeder will want to meet everyone who’ll be living with the puppy. And she’ll want you to take the time to make the right decision; high-pressure salesmanship is a red flag.
This shows she wants to know exactly what kind of home her puppies are going to. She may ask who’s going to be home during the day, what your dog-owning history is, and why you’re interested in the breed. Don’t be defensive; she’s just doing her job, which is taking care of the pups she brings into the world.
If you’re unable to care for her. A good breeder will insist on this. Again, she wants to make sure the puppies she brought into the world will always be taken care of.
Playing with her littermates teaches your puppy a lot about getting along with other dogs. A puppy who’s taken away from her littermates too early is at a major disadvantage in her canine social skills.
Before buying a puppy, take the time to research and find a responsible breeder. Puppies from good breeders are more likely to grow up to be healthy, temperamentally sound dogs.
|Arizona||Craig Crouch and Tracey Garvey |
Kennel Name: Friarandpainswick
|Web site: www.friarandpainswickclumbers.com|
Kennel Name: Anomar
Kennel Name: Moonrysn
|Web site: www.moonrysn.com|
Kennel Name: Weaverwood
|Florida||Valerie Lovins Otero|
Kennel Name: Casmir Clumbers
Phone: 813 679 3287
Kennel Name: Avalea Clumbers
Kennel Name: Quail Hollow Clumbers
Kennel Name: Jazzin Kennels
244 Sutallee Place
White, GA 30184
|Web site: www.jazzin.com|
Kennel Name: Clussexx
|Web site: www.clussexx.com|
Kennel Name: Millstream
Madrid, IA 50156
Kennel Name: Chiffon
822 Freeman Street
Dexter, IA 50070
|Web site: www.chiffonclumbers.com|
|Louisiana||Peggy Holman & Milford Cole|
Kennel Name: Cajun Clumbers
Iowa, LA 70647
|Web site: www.cajunclumbers.com|
Phone: 337-274-4248 & 337-274-4249
Kennel name: Cupric Clumbers
|Web site: www.cupricclumbers.com|
|Michigan||Roe Froman, DVM|
Kennel name: Blue Moon
|North Carolina||Shelley Miller|
Kennel Name: Sun Magic
|Web site: www.sunmagicclumbers.com|
Cell Phone: 919-525-5001
|North Dakota||Susan Strinden Hall|
Kennel Name: Nileea
Thompson, ND 58278
|Web site: www.nileeaclumberspaniels.com|
Kennel name: Grand Cabin
Kennel name: Clumon
Kennel Name: Creswick Clumbers
|Pennsylvania||Catherine & William Cleary|
Kennel Name: BeachwalkSTONECREST
Kennel name: BeachwalkSTONECREST
|Rhode Island||Bob & Georgette Perry|
Kennel name: Isoton Fields
Portsmouth, RI 02871
|South Carolina||Cindy Brizes|
Kennel Name: Rezod
Aiken, SC 29803
|Web site: rezodclumbers.com|
|Virginia||Linda C. Browder|
Kennel name: HiHill Clumbers
Kennel name: Whidbey
|Web site: www.whidbeyclumbers.com|
|Washington||Tracy & Jeni Saulino|
Kennel Name: Comedy
Rochester, WA 98579
Kennel Name: Rainsway Clumbers
Kennel Name: Lake Desire
32001 Railroad Ave
Black Diamond, WA 98010
Cell Phone: 206-930-1340
Kennel Name: Shogun
Prospective buyers are encouraged to educate themselves about Clumber Spaniels by reading the Clumber Puppy Buyers Guide, the CSCA Information Booklet, and additional information found under Find a Clumber at the top of the home page on the www.Clumbers.org web site. By doing this you will be more confident that you will be purchasing a Clumber Spaniel from a reputable breeder.
All Breeders listed are members in good standing of the CSCA, Inc. and have agreed to follow the CSCA Code of Ethics and have satisfied other criteria set forth in Policies for Membership on the CSCA Breeder Referral List. However, the CSCA, Inc. has not and cannot inspect and/or monitor the breeding or business practices of the breeders included on this list.
The CSCA, Inc. does not endorse, recommend or guarantee any individual breeder whose name appears on this list and disclaims any liability or obligation for the health, temperament or any other aspects of Clumber Spaniels purchased through breeders identified by use of this list. It is the responsibility of each prospective Buyer when contacting Breeders to verify pertinent information as well as to assess the advisability of entering into a contract with a particular Breeder.
The CSCA Breeder Referral List cannot be reproduced without the written permission of the CSCA, Inc.
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Web Site: www.clumbers.org Updated: 04/23/2022