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WE HAVE DECIDED TO USE THIS PAGE TO TRY TO EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PET OR SHOW QUALITY PUPPIES. WE HAVE HAD MANY PEOPLE ASK WHAT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PET OR SHOW QUALITY IS, SO HERE WE GO...............
 
PET QUALITY: 
 
MANY TIMES BREEDERS WILL OFFER PUPPIES WITH FAULTS FOR LOWER PRICES THAN SHOW QUALITY.  THESE FAULTS ARE GENERALLY COSMETIC (IE. BAD BITES, WHITE SPOTS ON THE CHEST OR BELLY, MISSING TEETH, ETC.) AND WILL NOT EFFECT THE HEALTH OR TEMPERAMENT OF THE DOG. THESE ANIMALS ARE NOT FOR BREEDING BECAUSE THESE ARE GENETIC FAULTS IN THE BREEDING/SHOW WORLD ACCORDING TO THE STANDARDS. A RESPONSIBLE BREEDER WILL REQUIRE THAT THE ANIMAL MUST BE SPAYED/NEUTERED BEFORE RELEASING THE AKC REGISTRATION PAPERS. BREEDERS MAY NOW SELL THEIR PUPPIES ON THE NEW AKC LIMITED REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE, WHICH ALLOWS THE DOG AKC PRIVILEGES OF OBEDIENCE/PERFORMANCE EVENTS BUT WILL NOT ALLOW SHOWING IN THE CONFORMATION RING OR USE FOR BREEDING PURPOSES. THESE DOGS MAKE GOOD COMPANIONS AND OFTEN THEIR FAULTS ARE NOT DETECTABLE TO ANYONE BUT THE MOST EXPERIENCED EYES/BREEDERS.

SHOW QUALITY:
 
A TERM THAT IS OFTEN MISUNDERSTOOD AND MISUSED. IT CAN MEAN SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS A PUPPY WITH NO DISQUALIFYING FAULTS (AS LISTED IN THE BREED STANDARD) AT THE TIME OF SALE.  THE SERIOUS BUYER LOOKING FOR A POTENTIAL WINNER OR BREEDING PROSPECT HAD BEST SPEND SOME TIME GOING TO DOG SHOWS AND TALKING TO EXHIBITORS AS WELL AS STUDYING THE STANDARD FOR THE BREED. SERIOUS DISQUALIFYING FAULTS INCLUDE OVERSHOT OR UNDERSHOT BITES, MISSING TEETH, LONG OR CURLY COATS, LIGHT EYES, HIP DYSPLASIA AND UNSTABLE TEMPERAMENTS.   MOST LINES CARRY ONE OR MORE OF THESE TRAITS, AND A RESPONSIBLE BREEDER WILL BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU A CONDID DESRIPTION OF WHAT IS IN YOUR ANIMAL'S GENETIC BACKGROUND.  BE AWARE THAT THE NICEST PUPPY IN THE LITTER CAN MATURE INTO A VERY MEDIOCRE ADULT. BE PREPARED TO CRYTICALLY EVALUATE YOUR PUPPY, BECAUSE EVEN IF YOU PAID A GOOD PRICE YOU MAY STILL END UP WITH A PET QUALITY. 

MANY TIMES I HAVE HAD CUSTOMERS TELL ME THEY HAVE NOT A CLUE WHAT THE CERTAIN DOGS IN THE PEDIGREE MEAN, AND ALL THEY WANT IS A GOOD QUALITY PET. TO A PERSON JUST LOOKING FOR A PET OR A SHOW QUALITY DOG IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW THE DOGS IN THE PEDIGREE BUT WHAT MATTERS EVEN MORE IS THAT THE DOGS IN THE PEDIGREE HAVE PASSING HEALTH CLEARANCES AND THEY GO FURTHER BACK INTO THE PEDIGREE, NOT JUST INTO THE MOST RECENT LINES. TO UNDERSTAND HOW TO KNOW IF THE DOGS IN THE PEDIGREE HAVE GOOD HEALTH CLEARANCES GO TO:
 

 

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