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quiz ad #6
(photo professional quality studio portrait of head of a Bouvier , with dog's name at bottom) FFFF Bred to win, born to love. Responsibly bred for temperament, health, conformation. Our Bouviers excel as loving, devoted companions or in the show ring. Puppies available to approved homes. Established breeder of AKC Specialty, Multiple Group, Top Ten Winning Bouviers. Our Bouviers excel in obedience, conformation, herding & agility. Home raised with TLC. Child socialized, microchipped, shots, wormed, crate training started. We do extensive health testing, including, OFA Hip, Elbow, Cardiac, Thyroid, Patella; CERF & Gonio. Phone: fff-fff-ffff or
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quiz ad # 7
(no photo) GGGG 3 males 5 females black and brindles, this is my second generation and everyone has been pleased with my puppies. They will be current on shots and worming. E-mail for pic I do ship. Phone: ggg-ggg-gggg or
Go back and write your answers before you continue on to see my answers. This is supposed to be a learning experience for you. Remember that damn near every puppy ever born is a cute puppy, irresistably cute, but you want and need a puppy that has the potential to grow up and become a civilized companion dog to share your home and your life. You have to do a lot of work to make that happen , but you have to start out with a decently bred pup whose breeder started the process of socialization and education for you.
I'm inserting a picture of a newborn Bouvier just to fill enough space so you cannot see the answers without scrolling down. Yeah, that's right : to keep you from cheating .
quiz ad # 1 :
I'd rate this at best a "don't know, need more information" and more likely a "probably bad". The ad has essentially zero information. All you really have is a photo designed to trigger an emotional response. State is Indiana, which is in the midwest puppy mill belt.
quiz ad # 2 :
I'd rate this a "probably good" or even "very likely to be good". "Kitchen-raised pups, well socialized" should have caught your attention as being exactly what I have told you should be your very first priority. "written guarantee, vet checked, up-to-date on shots and wormings. Health tested parents on site" tells you that your second priority , health, is likely to be fulfilled, and it also tells you you will meet both parents. (See my comments earlier in this article about breeders using their own male as the sire.)
quiz ad # 3 :
I'd rate this as possibly good, but possibly bad : "don't know enough, need to aask a lot of questions". "Really well with children" sounds good. "a really good guarding dog" bothers me as it appeals to the wrong reasons for getting a dog and is likely to appeal to people who want an unfriendly dog, possibly a chained-in-the-yard guard dog, which is a bad accident waiting to happen. The photo showing pups outdoors with barn in background suggests that the pups may be being raised outdoors in pen or barn ; but it could merely be that the light for photos is better outdoors. "Champion/European bloodlines" means exactly nothing, as it could be said of almost every Bouvier living. "Health guaranteed and parents are on site" is somewhat more promising. Again, remember that using one's own male as sire can be good or bad.
quiz ad # 4 :
I'd rate this as "probably good" or at least "hopeful". "We strive to breed healthy genes and good temperaments" is a good statement of goals. "We look forward to talking with you" is also promising.
quiz ad # 5 :
I'd rate this as a mixture of some possibly good aspects and some red flag warnings of possible puppy mill. "current on all shots, wormings and heartworm treatment" : while you should be able to take the shots and wormings for granted , you always want to be certain that parents and puppies are on heartworm prevention, especially in the South where an unprotected dog is certain to become infested. Heartworm infested bitches will have enough trouble pumping enough blood to remain alive, and certainly will be impaired in ability to deliver blood to placenta and puppies. "Fat healthy pups out of working, ranch/farm dogs" : I'd like to hear a lot of details about what work the parent dogs are doing. "Great guard and herding dogs" : herding behavior could be an asset for you or a problem ; guarding behavior can be a euphemism for very unsocial aggressive dogs or it can be a legitimate description of the breed's potential to protect property and person appropriately. I tend to worry about any emphasis on guarding in ads because it can attract the wrong kind of buyer, ie one looking for an inappropriately aggressive or nasty dog. Ask the breeder what is meant by "guarding". "Socialized with children and other animals" : the gramatical aspects of this otherwise very desirable claim could reflect poorly on the writer's gramar skills or could be an attempt at humor. It would be good to ask what other animals, especially if you might be wanting a pup who is likely to be peaceful with cats. " Check out my website special price offer @
quiz ad # 6 :
I'd rate this as almost certainly an excellent source. It's a prototype of what you would want to hear, thus either a really good breeder or a really good liar. "Responsibly bred for temperament, health, conformation. Our Bouviers excel as loving, devoted companions or in the show ring" describes the priorites you want, though the show ring may or may not be relevant to you. "Puppies available to approved homes" : be prepared to answer more questions than you'd have to answer to adopt a child, because this breeder is really concerned about getting good homes for her puppies. "Our Bouviers excel in obedience, conformation, herding & agility" indicates highly trainable dogs and probably fairly athletic and sound-structured ones. Quite possibly the breeder can advise you on how to get started in herding or agility. "Home raised with TLC. Child socialized, microchipped, shots, wormed, crate training started." This is exactly what you should be looking for, home raised and child socialized, with some crate training as a nice bonus that will make the first weeks in your home much easier. Ask the breeder to explain why a crate can be a blessing to you and the pup. "We do extensive health testing, including, OFA Hip, Elbow, Cardiac, Thyroid, Patella; CERF & Gonio" is again exactly what you would hope for. "Gonio" means that certain structures in the eye that are believed relevant to risks of glaucoma have been examined ; CERF is clearance for some other eye diseases.
(Now I have to confess that I do know who this breeder is : she is an extremely conscientious breeder and a Bouv Rescue person, and she is an excellent and articulate educator of anyone seeking information on the breed.)
quiz ad # 6 :
I'd rate this as likely to be bad, quite likely a puppy mill. Notice that there is very little real information. "this is my second generation and everyone has been pleased with my puppies" : ask for names and phone numbers of her previous puppy buyers , especially any in your area, so you can check out the truth of this claim and try to meet any puppies living in your area. Other than this and mention of shots and worming (which you should be able to take for granted as being standard care) and lack of mention of heartworm prevention, although this is Deep South and thus very high heartworm risk territory, there is no real information given. APRI is American Pet Registry Inc, which is purely a printing press. Use of this registry is a red flag that this is a puppy mill, and of course it is in one of the prime puppy mill states. You might inquire if all the puppies are registered in both AKC and APRI or if some are just APRI. Don't be surprised if you are asked to pay extra for AKC papers, which is in complete violation of AKC rules and is also an absolute stigmata of a really bad puppy mill.
(Well, again I actually know who this one is. She is a large-scale puppy mill who sells almost all her puppies by internet, by newspaper ads in distant cities, and by pet stores in distant cities. She also sells in auctions that are geared to the puppy mill trade. Her reputation is the very worst.)
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