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Responsible Breeders' Perspective

Swissy FAQ


Golden Opportunities


Stud Dogs

About the AGSBA...

As reputable breeder we follow the following principles:

• Puppies sold under contracts
• Health Clearances/guarantees
• Pedigrees
• Long term relationship
• Mentored through various clubs and knowledgeable breeders
• Breed to better or improve their own breeding stock. Breed to fit the standard in structure as well as temperament and working ability.
• AKC registered

If you choose to get a puppy from a Back Yard Breeder (BYB) or Pet Store:
• No contract means no responsibility on their part, you are on your own
• Possible unhealthy dogs being bred-genetic issues such as hips, elbows, eyes, cancer, patellas, OCD, as well as temperament. Temperament can include
aggressive (dog or human), shy, or fear biter.
• No idea of the pedigrees of the dogs they are breeding, no idea if they are
“doubling” up on health or temperament problems. No known history of breeding stock.
• Once you buy that puppy you will never hear from a BYB or Pet Store again. You are on your own to figure out what and how to do it. In a breed like Swissies there are many vets who have never seen one and may misdiagnose problems that are Swissy related. There is no one to call for a reference or second opinion.
• No affiliation with any club or group. Operate on their own and have no long term breeders to chat with if there is a question. Most BYB in Swissies hardly even understand the breed or health issues related to the breed.

• There are many breeders who arte selling Swissies with registrations other than AKC. This is a clear sign that this breeder did not get their puppy from a reputable breeder.

These are just some highlights as to why you want to purchase your puppy from a reputable breeder. Breeders show their dogs in conformation as well as obedience, weight pulling, carting, some even do herding. The reason is we are trying to “test” our dogs and breed only those who have qualities that will help further and better the breed. We also enjoy working with our dogs and having a strong bond with them. We get to know our dogs better through working with them and can see their faults as well as their strengths. This helps us find the right match for our bitches when we decide to breed. Most breeders try and improve on a variety of issues. This takes time and effort and lots of money.
We get health clearances for all of our dogs that we breed. This is not just regular shots and annual check-ups. These are x-rays for hips, elbows, shoulders, patellas. We get the eyes checked out for any inherent diseases. PRA is a horrible genetic issue that will cause your dog to go blind.

We breed looking into the backgrounds of not just our immediate dogs, but grandparents and aunts and uncles so that we can try our best to avoid any health or temperament issues. We look to structurally improve our dogs so that they can move and function they way they were originally bred to. We want our Swissies to look like Swissies, and not some new form of the breed.
We have many clubs that breeders are members of. This gives our breeders a place to converse and learn and better their breeding programs. It helps to have long term breeders to talk with and discuss both good and bad issues. In turn, we can talk to our puppy buyers about questions and concerns that they may have.

Last updated:

November 10, 2010

Contact the Corresponding Secretary, Juanita Thrall Jones or by phone (954) 474-7188