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Kennel Check

A Checklist for Kennels

*** Things You Should Ask At Every Kennel ***
*** From Every Breeder You Consider ***

 

#1  ~  The Breeder

QUESTION DESCRIPTION SILMARIL
KENNELS
Where did you find out about this breeder ?
Responsible breeders often have a 'waiting list' and seldom advertise in newspapers or with front yard signs.
Will this breeder provide you with references ?
Do they have a good reputation ?
YES !
Is this someone who will  answer questions about your dog ?
Are they selling you a puppy or honestlytrying to help integrate the dog into your life ?
After sales support !
Does the breeder appear knowledgeable about raising puppies, critical periods, the welfare of the dogs ?
It is a lifetime learning process... new breeders should probably have an actively involvedmentor
YES !
Do you feel comfortable with these people ?
They should have 'people' skills !
HOPEFULLY !
How long have they been in business ?
Longterm availabilitymay be an important issue. 
Good kennels have a reputation to protect !
20+YEARS BREEDING GOLDENS 
LIFETIME WITH LABRADORS !
Do they belong to the 

Golden Retriever Club of Canada 
or
The Golden Retriever Breeders Association of Ontario 
or
Another dog  club ?

 

IF  they don't compete, what do they compare their own dogs to?

No blindness like "kennel blindness" !

 

LONGTIME CORPORATE GRCC MEMBERS 
MICHELLE IS STILL AN INDIVIDUAL MEMBER
GRBAO MEMBERS
Does the breeder have only 1 or 2 kinds of dogs ?
Multiple breeds in one kennelshould raise red warning flags in your thinking !
ONLY  'Goldens' 
Do they belong to the Better Business Bureau or the local Chamber of Commerce ?
Are their business practices the object of independent scrutiny ?
BBB  MEMBERS 
current  members 
South Central Ontario  BBB
Do they have a written
Mission statement
and/or 
'Code of Ethics' 
and/or 
'Standards of Care'  ?
CVMA
'A Code of Practice for Canadian Kennel Operations' 1994
CANADA COUNCIL ON
ANIMAL CARE
Volumes on 
'Dog Care'
PERRSONAL
Written
ALL THREE !
Are they an independently  inspected  kennel ? 

We are not talking about Humane Society investigations of 
alleged abuse - 

We are talking about proactive improvements in the quality of care !

 

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food &
Rural Affairs
OMAFRA
Licenced many years as 'Independent Research Facility'
University of Guelph
Animal Care Committee
Peer
"As good as any, better than most"
Veterinary
Beamsville Animal Hospital
&
Lincoln Veterinary Associates
 
ALL FOUR !
 

 
 

 #2  ~  Genetic Screening of Breeding Stock
QUESTION
DESCRIPTION
SILMARIL KENNELS
Do both Golden parents have OFA orOVC or PennHip or BVA Clearances ?
"My Vet ok'd the x-rays" 
is not a valid clearance !!! 
OFA / OVC / BVA
Comparison of
OVC / OFA / BVA
Do both Golden parents have [CERF]  eye clearances  ?
Should be performed 12 - 18 months- Check certificates or receive copies with puppy
YES !
Have both Golden Parents had cardiac examinations ?
CERF accepts 
Cardiologist / Internist /Generalist 
YES !
Does the breeder track how many progeny and siblings have genetic clearances ?
Lessens chances for multigenic diseases - 
Best Linear Unbiased Predictive Values
YES !
Does the breeder calculate Wright's Inbreeding Index 
Coefficient of Inbreeding - COI
Prevents accidental inbreeding of closely related animals during the planning stages
  •  Usually    < 5
  •  NEVER > 12

 

 

[0-50 range] 

 

Is a % of  'Blood'  calculated for linebred dogs ?
How much contribution does any one dog make ?  % of 'genes in common'
YES !
Are both Golden parents free of epilepsy ?
Multigenic disease like hip dysplasia !
YES !
Other Genetic Tests ?
Some screen for 
Thyroid, VWD and 'Elbow Dysplasia' 
NOT 'ROUTINE'
Please Discuss witrh Us !
 

 
 

#3  ~  Animal Husbandry
QUESTION
DESCRIPTION
SILMARIL KENNELS
Are both Golden parents at least 18 months old ?
'Final'  Hip clearances not before : 
  • OVC : 18 months
  • OFA :  24 months
YES !
How frequently has the Golden Dam been bred ?
Every 'heat'  is too often !

GRCC Maximum =
Not more than 2 in a row
Not more than 3 out of 5 

 

2 in a row exceptionally rare  based on :
  • body condition
  • number of pups    nursed in last litter
Does the breeder show you a clean environment
Animals and kennels should be clean and spacious
YES !
Are the dogs less than perfectly groomed?
Do they ever get out to play 
in the fields ?
YES, Daily !
On what basis was the Golden  Sire chosen ?
'Because he lives down the street" or "because he is sweet" probably means there could have been more planning before mating ?
BASED ON WHAT HE CAN ADD TO BITCH'S CONFORMATION 
eg. "stronger hocks" or "temperament"
Are the majority of 'Titled' Goldens [eg. CH. or OTCH or JH or CDX] in the first 3 generations ?
Championship 'lines' are very dilute by the 4th & 5th generation !
MAJORITY CONFORMATION CH. &/or  OBEDIENCE TITLE
Does the breeder provide you with pictures of the parents, 
a 5 generation pedigree, 
copies of genetic tests, handouts on puppy care etc.  ?
Not only a measure of their record keeping, but of theirconsistency
YES !
Have the puppies and or bitch been wormed at least x2 and had first 'shots' ?
A veterinary health exam is a good idea, even if the breeder did their own "shots"
WORMED 2-3X 
5 WEEK DHPP + CORONA 
VET EXAMINED
Do the puppies seem healthy ?
No nasal discharge, diarrhea, poor coat or listlessness ?
WE DELAY SENDING PUPPIES HOME WHO SEEM   "OFF"
 

 
 

#4  ~  Commitment to the Animals & Warranty
QUESTION
DESCRIPTION
SILMARIL KENNELS
Does the puppy have a non-breeding contract ?
If they insist, they are probably a responsible breeder
YES !
Is the warranty at least2 years ?
Birth defects  don't show up right away 
How long is their "lifetime" as breeders ?
2 YEARS WRITTEN
Does the breeder have a 'buy-back'
if you cannot keep the dog ?
A hallmark of responsibility !
YES !
 

 
 

#5  ~  Socialization
QUESTION DESCRIPTION
SILMARIL KENNELS
Can you meet the Sire and Dam ?
Especially the dam - she will 'teach' her puppies !
YES !
Are the puppies and dam well socialized ?
They should be excited to meet 'strangers' but should 'settle' shortly afterward !
YES !
Have the puppies been 'Temperment' tested
Will they guide your choice ?
There are several means of temperment testing. None are validated, but should give some idea of relative puppy ranking
USUALLY INFORMALLY, BUT PREPARED TO DO FORMAL TESTING
[based on Campbell 1972]
Are they full of energy when awake, but calm on stroking ?
Do the puppies seem to enjoy human contact ?
YES !!!
 

 
 

#6  ~  Are  YOU  Ready ?
QUESTION
PLACE TO LOOK
Have you thought about all of the costs ? 
(Purchase price is only a small part of the cost of ownership)
Purina Puppy Series
Should it be a male or female ?
Purina Puppy Series
Should it be a puppy or a young adult ?
Purina Puppy Series
Should it be a purebred ?
(Silmaril only breeds purebred Golden Retrievers)
Purina Puppy Series
Have You read the PDF document 
" So, You Want To Buy a Golden ? "
You will find a bibliography on Dog Training & Breed Books !
" So, You Want to Buy a Golden ? "
Have you looked at the Frequently Asked Quest

Special features

2016 -We're still here!

Many of our loyal Golden owners have wondered where we are.  My apologies for not keeping this site up to date, our puppies seem to be sold even before they are born.. Zoe, pictured here is our next potential mom. She delvered a lovely litter in 2013 and her "kids" have grown into beautiful young adults.  Zoe will be bred to our English import Camrose Jackanory Silmaril (Jack).  Watch for exciting news about this proposed litter and others planned for 2016.

 

 

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