Buying a Lacy Puppy

 So you think you want a Lacy puppy?
Be an educated buyer. 
Before purchasing a Lacy puppy, you should do some
research on the breed. This would include finding out
if the breed is right for you and knowing what to look for IMG_4340.JPG
in a good breeder and a quality puppy. The Lacy Dog has became extremely popular and is often marketed as a rare novelty breed. This has contributed to two existing
and extremely unfortunate situations: working dogs being sold under false pretenses to pet homes, creating difficult 
living situations that often lead to the Lacys being surrendered; and previously solid lines being watered down.
Thankfully there are a few breeders concerned with preserving the working – type Lacy. These high drive dogs are less attractive to buyers in the pet market and are held closer to original hunting form and function. The bottom line is: with so many breeders producing lacy puppies today, the task of finding the right breeder and the right puppy can be overwhelming.
Most lacy dogs have some proven dogs in their pedigrees. Therefore, many breeders can claim to have “proven working lines.” A proven dog combines a high level of skill with consistent results. The parents of the pups should be able to prove their aptitude with consistent results in the real world and the breeder should be able to prove the dog’s abilities with certificates, titles, video, pictures or other references.
The breeder should be able to tell you about the other dogs in the pedigree, their whereabouts, histories, and  achievements. They should be able to explain how and why the breeding was planned, with emphasis on specific qualities and should have knowledge of genetics, structure, breed type, and selective breeding. They should be upfront about the qualities and faults of their dogs and  explain how they aim to pass on or improve the qualities  and reduce or eliminate the faults.  

Does the breeder have a contract and health guarantee? When you leave with your puppy, you should know that the breeder takes an interest in you and the welfare of the puppy. The vast majority of “good” breeders will have a detailed sales contract.
A responsible breeder carefully interviews prospective owners and has specific requirements that are to be met. He or she does not have more dogs and puppies then he/she is able to keep clean, healthy and well socialized. A mindful breeder should spend individual time with each of his/her dogs and puppies and should be concerned with temperament in his/her dogs and puppies as well as their health.
And, of course, any reputable breeder should make him/herself available for advice to the owners throughout the life of the dog at any time.

The National Lacy Dog Registry supports breeders that are concerned about preserving the working Lacy. We encourage buyers not to buy casually from people who breed too easily, sell too readily, or lack the knowledge and experience it takes to produce sound dogs that excel in their respective disciple.

Questions to Ask Breeders when looking for a Lacy Puppy
   1. Why do you breed dogs?
  2. How long have you been involved with working breeds? How long have you been involved with Lacy       dogs?
  3. How do you keep yourself educated and informed as a breeder?
  4. Are the parents proven working dogs and what kind of “jobs” do they perform and how often? 
  5. Can you provide a list of references?
  6. Are you active in any competitive or social activities with your Lacys other than breeding?
  7. What kind of guarantee do you provide for your puppies?
  8. Do you do health screening tests on your breeding dogs? If so, what tests?
  9. What kind of socialization or early stimulation techniques do you use on puppies to enhance their         natural  abilities?
  10. What sort of educational and support system do you offer to new puppy owners?
  11. Where and how are the puppies raised?
  12. Can you briefly explain the raising process for your puppies up to the time they leave your home?
  13. Are you willing to take back any dog you produce, regardless of age, if the owner is unable to keep      the dog for any reason?
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