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Old 04-18-2010, 01:35 PM
 
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I know, I know, what I'm looking for is a 'mutt' (or a designer dog). Let's just get that part out of the way.

My question is, how can I find a reputable 'breeder' for a zuchon/schichon puppy? I have found a few websites and have immediately eliminated some based on comments about their practices. I think I am struggling because these are homemade websites and thus hard to take seriously.

I have found a site with a location relatively close to me (2ish hours) so I know I could go check them out, ask questions, and see the location in addition to picking up the pup myself.

My concern however is that they supposedly produce several breeds (some purepred, some mixes). Of the kind I am looking for, 3 are available and all have different birth dates some just 2 weeks apart. Is this normal for a reputable breeder? To have several litters (of just this one breed) so close together? It just seems off to me.

Additionally, the ones I am looking at are close to 5 months old - which I have no problem with, and actually prefer, but should I question why these dogs weren't taken as brand new pups?

With all that said - any recommendations for where to look? Or do you know of one yourself?

Sorry for the rambling...
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Old 04-18-2010, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Denver 'burbs
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My concern however is that they supposedly produce several breeds (some purepred, some mixes). Of the kind I am looking for, 3 are available and all have different birth dates some just 2 weeks apart. Is this normal for a reputable breeder? To have several litters (of just this one breed) so close together? It just seems off to me.

For good reason. This screams "puppy mill".....
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Old 04-18-2010, 01:52 PM
 
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For good reason. This screams "puppy mill".....

I agree. That's why I'm skeptical. I would honestly prefer to find a reputable breeder who has one litter a year even if it means waiting. The problem is that since this isn't an AKC recognized breed, I can't go that route to find a breeder (which I would prefer to find someone who meets these standards).
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Old 04-18-2010, 01:59 PM
 
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It's going to be very hard to find a reputable breeder breeding "designer" dogs. Most of these are just in it for the money. Good luck!
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Old 04-18-2010, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Tx
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Go to a pound or shelter, I'm pretty sure you'll find what you're looking for there.
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Old 04-18-2010, 02:53 PM
 
Location: California
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There is no such thing as a "reputable" breeder when it comes to designer dogs. Breeding mutts for money. "Standards" are a laugh...you or the "breeder" won't have a clue as to what percentage of either breed your puppy is.
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Old 04-18-2010, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I'm not sure what a schichon is, but I would check rescues for each breed, they will often have mixes. Agree with ShelbyGirl1 that you won't find a reputable breeder for a designer dog. Why not look for a purebred dog that is one of the breeds that make up the schichon?
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Old 04-18-2010, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Look into rescues. I highly doubt you will ever find someone who is reputably breeding mixes. As a general rule of thumb, good breeders will:

1) Health test for common ailments in their breed (hips, eyes, etc). These results will be findable in national databases. This is far beyond the vet deeming the puppies "healthy".
2) Title the parents in some way appropriate to the breed (conformation, agility, herding, therapy, weight pulling, SOMETHING). The titles will be on the parents, not 4-5 generations back in the pedigree.
3) Put some sort of clause in the contract that says if for any reason you cannot keep the dog, they will take it back. This prevents their dogs from ever contributing to the overpopulation problem.
4) There will be some sort of breeding rules specified. If the dog is not perfectly healthy or show quality, it will often be required to be fixed. Since mixed breeds can't fit a standard (there is no standard for mixed breeds), this is impossible.

I will be SHOCKED if you can find a mixed breeder that does that.

Mixes have not been standardized yet, so there is no guarantee that whatever dog you find will be similar to another one you've seen before. That goes for personality as well. You could end up with the worst traits from each parent breed in the pup. When looking for mixes, it is a FAR better idea to go to a rescue or a shelter and spend time with a specific dog to make sure it fits your family.
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Mountains of middle TN
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Shelby is correct. There is no such thing as a reputable breeder that breeds mutts and you'd be a fool to go looking for one. There are plenty of the 'designer breed' dogs dying in shelters every day. Instead of making that problem worse, how about you go save a life instead?
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Old 04-19-2010, 01:04 AM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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Shelby is correct. There is no such thing as a reputable breeder that breeds mutts and you'd be a fool to go looking for one. There are plenty of the 'designer breed' dogs dying in shelters every day. Instead of making that problem worse, how about you go save a life instead?
I couldn't agree more...wish I could rep you again, but I gotta "spread some around" first, lol!
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