Why does my dog
need a pedigree - I don't want to breed!
This is a sentence you
can hear often from various people. The
pedigree itself is not the reason why puppies
from a responsible breeder are more expensive,
than a puppy from a puppy mill or a backyard
breeder. The pedigree can be seen as a "seal
of approval". A breeder who breeds
under a kennel club (like me under the OEKV),
has to meet many requirements, those serve
the protection of the dogs. More so the
parents and the ancestors of the dogs have
to pass certain health test, to eliminate
the risk of any hereditary diseases and
of course they have to meet the standard.
The "seals of approval"
from a responsible breeder:
Before breeders can even
start to plan litters, each and every dog
has to pass the health exams, the kennel
club requires. It's forbidden to breed with
dogs who have hereditary defects!
A few excerpts from the breeding regulations:
a breeder has to
allow a person, sent from the OEKV,
access to his breeding facilities.
breeding are healthy dogs who have an
upbringing appropiate to their race,
a breed's typical character and the
achievement of the complete breeding
A bitch can have
max. one litter each year.