"Words of Warning"
Over the years we have received many tearful phone calls and letters from dog owners who made a hasty or unwise decision when they purchased their dog. Their dogs die premature deaths or have serious temperament issues resulting in profound grief and financial expenditures. Our role, when we have this opportunity, is to listen and sympathize. With all things being equal, all these people are conscientious pet owners. Their mistake? Purchasing the wrong do. We go on to explain that 90% of the problems that occur with dogs is the result genetics. Take a few minutes and read our "words of warning page, it is one of our most popular. You would be surprised what you could learn. Whether you proceed to purchase a dog from us or any other breeder, by all means, proceed with caution and keep this in mind ..................
1. NEVER make price or blue ribbon trophies the primary factor in purchasing a White Shepherd Dog. The White Shepherd is a rare breed of dog by AKC standards. Any rare breed, purebred, and most importantly, "well-bred" dog, is equivalent to a fine wine or expensive luxury car. Either pay up front or go cheap and risk years of heartache and despair later for making the wrong choice.
2. NEVER purchase a dog from a puppy mill. Puppy mills are factories, if you will, where dogs are confined in cages or kennels and used for producing puppies. These dogs are fed inadequate diets and do not receive regular veterinary care or socialization. Females are bred every heat cycle with little if any concern for health, where the puppies go, or the numbers produced. Even if you think you have found a good breeder, if the breeder cages their dogs, there is no telling what kind of temperament the dog will have and caged or confined dogs tend to develop into neurotic dogs. It's likely you're dealing with a puppy mill if a third party is used to sell their dogs. An easy to rule out a puppy mill is to just ask the breeder for a reference of someone who has actually been to the breeders facility and owned a dog from them.
3. NEVER fall for the heart tugging ads you see on billboards and on TV by the animal shelter lobbies. Most people have no idea that the Humane Society of the United States is a powerful lobby with almost $200 million in assets and an annual budget in excess of $100 million. Very little of the money actually goes directly towards the cost to run local shelters. These Lobbiests hire slick lawyers and advertising agencies to create advertising campaigns designed to compel you to adopt a dog. The better their response from an unsuspecting public, the more money they can expect from congress by their efforts! An Ohio veterinarian alerted us to this problem and told us that many wonderful purebred breeders have closed their doors because the effect the Humane Society lobby has done to their business. For more information, see https://www.humanewatch.org/the_humane_society_of_the_united_states_and_pet_shelter_giving/
4. NEVER assume online complaints to be true. It's not uncommon for an unsuspecting back yard breeder to approach us for a dog to breed to their mongrel or a purebred breeder who views us as competition. If we suspect from the beginning that an applicant is dishonest, we discard their application. Some of these people are "crack pots" and ALL recognizable businesses have to deal with them. A whole industry has sprouted from online complaints and many of these unscrupulous companies profit by extorting money from business owners in order to take down defamatory information. Facebook and others actually advise anyone online to ignore them. Disregard these crackpots and talk to legitimate sources. If you have any doubts whatsoever about purchasing a purebred dog, it's always a good idea to ask for references and speak to someone who has actually purchased a dog from the breeder and visited the home where the dogs are raised.
5. NEVER purchase a dog from a breeder who allows pups younger than 7 1/2 weeks of age to leave their mother.
6. ALWAYS ask if you can come for a visit to meet the breeder's dogs and inspect the premises where the dogs live throughout the day or at a minimum, talk to someone who has. It's important to find out if the dogs are free to roam and interact with humans.
7. ALWAYS seek an ethical breeder and don't be convinced by a breeder who will brag about their dog's trophies or blue ribbon show accomplishments. In our opinion, buyer beware if the breeder's focus is appearance.
8. Many breeders suffer from something called "kennel blindness" which means that the breeder is in denial about issues that appear in their breeding program. There are 17 known diseases distinct to this breed in addition to issues of temperament like shyness and aggression. Buying a dog from a breeder who lives in denial is like playing Russian roulette! An ethical breeder is responsible and follows their dogs throughout their lifetime and alerts owners to any issues that may appear. An ethical breeder has at a very minimum, some health guarantees and then backs those up. ALWAYS ask to review the breeder's puppy contract in order to find this out!
9. If you manage to find an ethical breeder that passes the above "test", give yourself a pat on the back, then one to your new friend, because, my friend, you found an ethical breeder!
10. Thank you for taking this short minute to consider our advice. Do tell us if you've been to this page.