My family is looking to purchase either a Cockapoo or Cockalier. We are located in the Middle Tennessee area. If you know of anyone that is a reputable breeder and will have a litter of puppies ready by June 2005, please let us know.
Thanks for your assistance.
Sincerely,
The Family Guy
My family is looking to purchase either a Cockapoo or Cockalier. We are located in the Middle Tennessee area. If you know of anyone that is a reputable breeder and will have a litter of puppies ready by June 2005, please let us know.[/nq]I can't refer you to any such breeder but I can give you some information on how to idnetify one. Presumably for your family pet what you are looking for in a breeder is two things (1) a breeder who knows enough and cares enough to breed for good health and (2) a breeder who cares enough about the welfare of the puppies that both of you will sign a contract regarding matters such as what happens to the dog if you can't keep it, and providing you guidence and advice to get through puppy problems and avoid behavior problems.

That you prefer a mixed breed dog doesn't mean you have lower standards in regard to good health and temperament. You may, however, have a harder time finding a breeder who actually knows the dogs in the line well enough to do good genetic matching. Poodles and cocker spaniels share a number of health problems so avoiding those problems requires proper testing and record keeping to detect it before it is serious enough to get noticed without that testing.

FOr example, you will want to look for a breeder who has "CERF'd" both parents, and hopefully has CERF records onthe grandparents and great grandparents, and as many siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins as possible. That provides the careful breeder with good information about the risks of the puppies haivng PRA or other eye diseases that may cause the dog to go blind at 5 or 6 years old. Similarly the skilled and careful breeder will have xrays taken of the knees, elbows and hips of both parents, and records of the same of grand parents etc to avoid the risk of "luxating patella" hip dyslasia and other problems.

Don't let anyone tell you only big dogs get hip dysplasia. The Pug dog is nmumber two or three on the list of affected breeeds. Poodles and Cocker spaniels are less often affected by that problem, but slipping knee caps "luxating patella" and other issues are important to check for and avoid. Temperament is also important. You will definetly want to meet the mother. She should be self confident and friendly. She should not be esepcially barky and she should willingly quiet when her person assures her you are welcome in the home.

If you get a chance to meet the sire the same appplies. Do not under any circumstances accept puppies when you cannot meet the dam, and if you are not completely satsified with her temperament.
There is no excuse for all the unhealthy and poorly tempered dogs out there. Nothing you can do to help except use care to chose a breeder whose breeding practices produce healthy dogs of good temperament. It will take some patience to find the right breeder, but I'm sure you would rather do that than reward a breeder who doesn't know what they don't know.
Good luck and have fun.

Diane Blackman
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Thanks for your reply. I posted a similar message in a different newsgroup and got slammed for asking a simple question. Your response was kind and thoughtful. Take care and God Bless.
I posted a similar message in a different newsgroup and got slammed for asking a simple question.

If you mean the health group, I posted links to two "Cockapoo" rescues in your area, and other poster explained that purposely bred mixes are not done by reputable breeders.
Those are the only responses to your post I saw, though there may have been others from posters I've killfiled.
Your response was kind and thoughtful.

There's no one like Diane.

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