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Find a Good Breeder:

Here's What You Need to Know

The Ibizan Hound is an unusual breed of dog in the United States, and breedings are not numerous. Initial contact of a breeder may be made through Breeder Referral at The Ibizan Hound Club of the United States, or by observing Ibizan Hounds at local dog shows, lure coursing, or other canine events and getting in touch with the breeders of the dogs you see. Do not assume that you are dealing with a reputable breeder! IHCUS does not insure a standard of quality or honest conduct. You are the only one who can determine if you are dealing with a trustworthy breeder.


A Word About IHCUS


National breed clubs are voluntary organizations. While The Ibizan Hound Club of the United States has a Code of Ethics (required by the AKC), there is no assurance that breeders on the breeder referral list meet this code of ethics. When you contact Breeder Referral at IHCUS and receive a list of breeder names, be aware that you are on your own. The breeder may or may not sell you a dog or puppy that is healthy and socialized.

With this information in mind, it is worth checking out the IHCUS website.


Checking Out That Breeder


Beware of a kennel offering more than a few puppies from a current litter, or more than one or two adult dogs for sale. A kennel which always has eight or nine dogs for sale is an indication of a business out of control: poor socialization, poor follow-up care, and other hidden problems may show up after the contract is signed.

As the potential purchaser, you can and should be in control of the initial process of interview and evaluation. Many people, anxious to own that puppy, ignore warning signs that they are getting less than the dog of their dreams because they are so eager to be an acceptable buyer to the breeder. Decide that this is going to be the best dog available to you. You are investing a considerable amount of money in getting the best lines, the best health, the best early socialization and training, and the best expert advice and assistance that will be available to you for the life of the dog.

Do not purchase from a breeder or a pet store with the thought that you are rescuing the dog (or the breeder). True rescues are available through genuine rescue organizations such as the Podenco Aid Foundation, and payment only covers shipping, medical care, and perhaps a donation to the nonprofit corporation. Purchasing from a breeder or pet store perpetuates more breeding. By "saving" one puppy you are insuring that more puppies will have to endure what the first little one did.

Does the Breeder Meet Your Standards?

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It is well worth the time and trouble to visit the breeder's kennel. If you are purchasing from a distant breeder, then be sure to interview others who have purchased dogs from the same breeder, and ask them about the kennel conditions:

It may take time, patience, and quite a few long-distance phone calls until you feel you have the right breeder lined up, but it is worth every moment and every penny to get that special dog. The results will be worth it.


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