What is a Mi-Ki
"Choosing a Breeder"
I truly believe educating the puppy purchaser to enable them to make informed decisions when purchasing a pup is extremely important. I hope this information will help you in your search for a wonderful Mi-Ki to add to your family. Mi-Kis are a wonderful breed and deserve the best possible home to grow, develop and be loved. Remember this information is only a guideline and you are the one making the final decision. Trust your gut feeling! Not all people, sad to say, are honest and some will tell your anything to make a sale. There are no perfect dogs, genetics can be full of surprises, good and bad. That is why it is important for the breeder to have knowledge of his/her Mi-Kis lineage. It's also important to have a good, open, and honest relationship with your puppy's breeder for his/her entire life.
After adopting our first Mi-Ki in 2003, we at Waidin Mi-Kis continue to devote many hours into researching the Mi-Ki breed along with the breeds in the ancestry of the Mi-Ki. This research and over 25 years of breeding, working and showing Newfoundland dogs along with advice from Veterinarians, Specialists and other breeder, has been an asset in our Mi-Ki breeding program.
Waidin Mi-Kis can not guarantee the quality of a puppy if not bred by Waidin Mi-Kis or CMA breeders currently being mentored by Waidin Mi-Kis.
Please take the time to review the below items, do your research and ask many questions before making this important decision to add a new family member.
1) Don't buy a puppy because he/she is less expensive than another puppy of the same breed. You may be sacrificing quality. Usually, you get what you pay for. It may be worth spending that extra now rather than paying $2,000 or more when health or behavior problems arise. Not to mention the heartbreak for you and your family.
2) A written health guarantee should be given with every purebred puppy sold. The breeder is responsible for bringing your puppy into the world and therefore should be responsible for it until it no longer graces the earth. Breeders offer varying guarantees so check out what hereditary health problems each breeder guarantees and to what extent. Don't expect the guarantee to cover such things as accidents, parasites, nonhereditary diseases, etc. You should also have at least 72 hours after picking the puppy up from the breeder to take your new pup to your Vet. If your Vet should find a health problem your breeder should allow you to return the puppy and choose another one, wait until the next litter arrives to choose one, or refund your money. Do not accept a guarantee requiring, return of your puppy, to warrant any refund or replacement after this 72 hour period, unless you would like to return your puppy to that breeder after months or years as part of your family. Guarantees should offer partial refund due to hereditary problems allowing you to keep your beloved pet or offer another puppy at discount, in case of death, replacement would be warranted.
3) Never buy a puppy from a pet store. Too often these puppies come from "puppy mills". If you don't know what a puppy mill is, look up the term "puppy mill" on the internet or call your local animal shelter. The only way to stop puppy mills is to stop buying puppies from pet stores. This does not include those pet stores that have shelter puppies available for adoption.
4) Breeding only to produce pets or for cash should not be a breeder's priority no matter how they word it. Breeding quality puppies for future breeders and breeding should be their priority. Every litter has ample puppies for the many companion homes available, but few potential breedable puppies.
5) Good pedigrees will contain such abbreviations as the following by dog's names: Ch. (Show Champion), CGC (Canine Good Citizen), CD (Obedience-Companion Dog). These titles prove the dog, by whose name they appear, has good body structure and/or correct temperament . There are numerous other titles so check which titles mean what and why they may be important for your breed. These titles only represent the individual with the title. Although future generations will generally possess these qualities, not all puppies are breedable quality and should be assessed individually by a quality breeder. It only takes one generation to destroy years of hard work if, poor health, temperament or type is bred.
6) Only adopt from breeders with puppies registered from "Mi-Ki only" registries. Keep in mind that though a litter is advertised as registered doesn't mean they're quality pups. Registered means that the puppy is eligible for registration with this particular registry. For quality, look at pedigrees and health records. The Mi-Ki is not currently eligible for AKC or UKC, so avoid breeders who advertise this. Other all breed registries will take any breed or mix and usually used by independent Mi-Ki breeders who do not belong to, or are accepted into, reputable "Mi-Ki only" Registries or Clubs. Not only the parents, but the litter and puppies should be registered. If there is questions on registration of a litter please contact the appropriate registry to confirm eligibility.
7) Currently there is no "Mi-Ki Breed Mother Club" as some advertise. To have a Mother Club all the registries have to agree and follow their guidelines. Currently this has not happened and until then, these registries and clubs are following their own guidelines and standards for the Mi-Ki breed. Choosing a breeder and Mi-Ki Club/Registry you feel most comfortable with is an individual choice. I would recommend the (CMA) Continental Mi-Ki Association, Inc. who has a strict code of ethics, health exam protocol and require breeder home inspections. The CMA insures all their breeders uphold quality breeding standards to insure the best puppies for adoptive homes. (www.cmamiki.com)
8) Mi-Ki parents should have the minimum examinations: Heart by Cardiologist or Specialist, CERF Ophthalmologist, and Patellar. For a complete list of exams (read more).
9) Never buy a puppy from someone who breeds several different breeds of dogs. These people are usually out for money and don't care about the quality of their puppies.
10) If you want a purebred Mi-Ki but don't plan on entering any competition, look into possibly adopting a retired breeder or puppy who did not quite qualify for breeding. Be sure to ask questions on why this particular Mi-Ki became available.
11) When deciding on a breeder, check where the puppies are raised. If the pen is dirty or they are allowed to potty anywhere unsupervised the pups may be difficult to house train. I highly recommend, if possible, visiting the breeders home before the litter is born to see how their Mi-Kis are taken care of. The CMA is the only registry who does this home inspection for you, so if you are not able to visit please ask the CMA breeders for a copy of their "Breeder Home Inspection".
12) During this visit ask to see the parents of the litter before picking up your puppy. If the parents are under socialized or not available consider another breeder. Most breeders should at least have the mother of the litter available for a visit. Remember temperament and looks are both somewhat inherited. If you don't like the looks or temperament of the parents think twice about the puppy you are considering. The Puppy Aptitude Test (PAT) is a great tool when choosing a puppy.(read more)
13) When asking questions if a breeder avoids answering or gets angry with you for ask these questions, this is a warning sign. Please look elsewhere for a puppy.
14) Never accept a pup, no matter how tempting, younger than 9 weeks of age. Early separation from siblings and mother can cause temperament and socialization problems later.
15) Ancestry of the puppy should also be taken into consideration when choosing a breeder. Choose a veteran breeder or if a novice breeder, are they being mentored by a veteran breeder or group of breeders who have high standards of breeding quality. Find out how well they know their dog's ancestry, Grandparents, and Great Grandparents. Ask if they working with someone or an organization that does keep track of health and temperament issues. Ask the breeder what kind of hereditary problems they have encountered in their lines? "None" or "None that I know of" is not a good answer! No dog or line is perfect!
"Breeding is a privilege, given by God, and should not be taken lightly"
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