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Picking The Right Breeder
by Carolyn L.
My husband recently lost our beloved Koda Bear who was a mix of what we think to be Australian Shepherd/Lab. We are beginning our search for a new pup and are seriously considering getting an Aussie!
I saved Koda from some not so great parents when they couldn't take care of him any more back when he was just a baby so we have never purchased a pup from a breeder and would like some tips on how to make sure they are a good breeder. Also, after finding a good breeder how do you know if the parents are healthy?
I've seen different classifications for eyes, ears, general health but not sure what they all mean. Any insight into this would be super helpful as we want to make sure we go with the best breeder we can find!
Last question - as I've read through the forum I've seen people label dogs different classifications of energy, herding instinct, etc.. Are these things you can tell about a puppy based on the parents or based on the puppy itself or is it something you sort of figure out as the dog gets older?
We live in the Nashville, TN area so if anyone has breeder suggestions around the Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama area I'm all ears! (if that's allowed!)
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