I've had a very informative chat with a CKCS breeder and the question came up "What do you want to see from a breeder?" and what, in my thoughts, will draw you toward a breeder?
For me: On website,I want to see some pictures but definitely want to know about timely health checks on parents of a puppy and the health of generations before.I've learned that no matter how lovely the outside package it's the inside that's going to govern a future relationship.
I want to have good dialogue with breeder b/4 I travel to see any puppies. I want the breeder to be totally honest about health background and vet care for parents and any difficulties in birthing. Tell me where to check the pedigrees, tell me where to check the health history.
For all of us now, SM is a looming question and I want the parents to be scanned and any possible pertinent history to be laid on the table. A puppy is a financial investment but strongly a "heart" investment and I want the best chance possible to have good healthy years with my choice.
I believe we've all gotten a lot of information regarding protocols and I want to know that the breeder follows protocols for MVD and SM. Maybe, in the future, the protocols will change but we live with these protocols now.
So, those are some of my "needs"-they are not "wants". I think with all the education the question is valid-"How does the reputable breeder serve the inquiring prospective puppy buyer?"
Please add on your thoughts-I believe this breeder surfs this phenomenal board.