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If you think you’ve found the breed that suits you, to your living circumstances .... Hobbies, etc., then you should make the search for the right breeder - the one you can trust and who gives you his trust.

And if you have found the breeder whose dogs, dog keeping ..... rearing and also "philosophy" coincides with your ideas, remember: beauty is not everything .... Health should always come first!

Although there is never a guarantee, but the more attention is paid to *breed-specific diseases in breeding, the greater the likelihood of a healthy, long dog life is given.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Do not visit the puppies and mothers (the sire usually seldom is in the breeder's household) only once .... or, for longer distances, plan a longer stay. A good breeder would not intrust you the puppy after only one (short) visit anyway.
Visits before the 5th/6th week are not only meaningless, but also stressful and a risk for bitch & puppy.


Exchange with the breeder. Make a note of your questions before you visit, so that you do not forget anything in the "puppy hurly-burly". Do not be afraid to ask questions, even the breeder will surely have many questions to you, if the welfare of his dogs is important to him. And just as you should decide against a breeder you do not fully trust, even a reliable breeder will not give any of his dogs to you if he feels that the dog or breed doesn't suit to you... or to your living circumstances..
A responsible breeder knows his dogs & the breed very well ... he knows their background, their natural abilities and also possible "hiccups" ...... and how to handle with them. Each breed has a lot of positives and the one or another "difficult" side ..... nevertheless - or at best because of that - you decided on this breed.

Let show you the documents of the parents' health tests in advance, unless the results are not already registered in the pedigree. A good breeder will provide you with pedigree, inoculation certificate, feeding instructions, etc. as well as copies of all health tests (puppy parents and possibly ancestors) in the puppy folder…. or names you the link to the databases of the Kennel clubs (more on this below) at least, where you can inform yourself.

Study the pedigree (even if the names do not tell you anything). Watch for incest matings and registered HD / ED results, laboratory findings of the ancestors. Not everywhere is the breeding with HD / ED diseased dogs prohibited or it is tolerated in exceptional cases, the same applies to incest combinations. Similarly, eye examinations are not generally prescribed, or not all findings are observed.

Also, there should be a copy of the litter inspection record in the puppy folder.

Ask for insight into the kennel book (there you will find information on previous litters, how often the bitch was mated, etc.)

A responsible breeder stipulated contractually a pre-emption or prohibition on resale of the puppy, ie: If the dog can not stay with you, it moves back to its breeder, who then - depending on the circumstances - either looking for a new suitable family or the dog stays in the breeder family.

NEVER buy a puppy out of compassion .... from dodgy sources or irresponsible breeding!

Clubs, breeders and also dog owners should equally act responsibly for the benefit of the dogs / race!

Therefore, you should principally make the effort to learn as much as possible about the background of the puppy - because, only if there is transparency about the circumstances, you can decide freely and consciously for it or against it!

If puppy-interested - in addition to the attention to a welfare and loving rearing - also increasingly active interest in the health of dogs ...... on a health-oriented breeding, .... this just can be a benefit for the breed and our four-legged friends!

You would like to inform you about the health test results of the ancestors of the puppy of your choice? ... ..and you should, too!

In the pedigree of the puppy are HD-, ED-, eye test results, etc. of the ancestors usually registered, if they comply with the official requirements ...... If this is not the case, for example, if the ancestors are from abroad, you possibly may find it in the databases of the Kennelclubs.

All you need is the full name of the dog, kennel name or studbook number. And with just a few clicks, you can also get access to the results of the health tests of its parents, siblings and their offspring. Very helpful to get an idea about the health status in the line, about diseases that are more common ..... about a possible family disposition for certain diseases and of course also IF? and WHICH? Tests were ever made. Because not in all breeding clubs all breed specific health tests are also obligatory .... resp. there are exceptions to this duty.

Here you can find the databases:

KC - (Kennel Club United Kingdom)
Database - all breeds:
SKK - (Schwedischer Kennel Klub)

Database - all breeds:

Clumber Spaniel -
Search with Kennelname:

AKC - (Amerikanischer Kennel Club)

Database - all breeds:

* Diseases that currently pose a problem in the breed.


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Dukeries' Clumber Spaniel.... Keep in mind!...when choosing a puppy