A major reason that reputable breeders do not let people pick their own puppies is so that they can evaluate, and choose the best homes possible.
Responsible breeders are completely devoted to their breeding programs and their puppies’ well beings long before they are even conceived. Breedings are planned carefully. Not all puppies are destined to be champion show dogs, and more importantly not all puppies want to be!
- Health board specialist examined and bred to protocol on MVD, Syringomyelia, Eyes, Hips, Patella
- Type – how closely they fit to breed standard
Temperament and health are characteristics that every puppy in a litter should have.
Structure and type are a little more difficult, and can vary a great deal from one another. In this stage, evaluation of a litter can get interesting.
Sometimes this evaluation takes place in the form of a great social get together. We ooo and ahh over the cuteness of the new babies, have a few drinks, and get down to business of trying to determine who has the best structure and type.
Many breeders use and refer to Pat Hastings Puppy Puzzle which evaluates puppies at 8 weeks old.
Conformation dogs are judged entirely on temperament, structure, and type.
Without superior examples of all characteristics a dog has no chance in the show ring.
Maybe you are a breeder and already love to show, how did you go about getting your first show potential puppy?
Is everyone watching/enjoying Westminster?