Keeshond Question

I am looking to buy a keeshond puppy, the sex of the puppy does not matter to me as I have had...

I am looking to buy a keeshond puppy, the sex of the puppy does not matter to me as I have had both in the past. There are so many ads running on this site , how does one know who to buy from? I see some do health testing and some do none. What important tests should I be looking for with this breed? Thank you Carol

    In Keeshond - Asked by Anonymous - 3/13/2012 6:50:24 PM
Hi Carol, great questions. You should definately look for testing of PHPT, Hips and Elbows, Patellas too. Also check to see if eyes have been checked. These tests are just a few reccommended by the Keeshond Club of America. If the breeder you are considering does not do these tests then look elsewhere. Health tested parents make healthier puppies
    Answered by cyndiros - 3/14/2012 1:20:27 PM

Breeders have certain guidelines they follow, testing is one of them. If they don't test for problems associated with that breed then look elsewhere
    Answered by Anonymous - 3/14/2012 6:18:10 PM

When purchasing a puppy if you have the choice between health-tested parents and untested parents the choice seems obvious. The best choice is always health-tested; you get what you pay for so choose the best puppy you can afford. With testing usually comes a higher price but well worth the long-term investment. You may pay $100-$400 more BUT breeders who health test truly care about the future of the breed and are more likely to also give preventative care to breeding adults. Which means you do not bring home a new puppy that is totally infested with tapeworms/fleas because the breeder did not worm the puppies/adults as needed. Go with the breeders who cares about the breed and their dogs.
    Answered by Anonymous - 3/15/2012 11:26:09 AM

I want to thank you for the information. I will definately look for tested parents, as you say why take the chance on health. Beauty is one thing, without health you have nothing Carol
    Answered by Anonymous - 3/15/2012 5:34:45 PM

I would definately look for health tested parents, and I would also avoid breeders who tell you the dogs are examined and deemed healthy. No vet can see inside of a animal without an xray, so how can he say hips are good for example. PHPT is a disease that has a late onset around 7 to 8 yrs old in the dog, its better to make sure beforehand before breeding to know the parents do not carry the gene to pass it on. Best of luck in your search. Gloria
    Answered by Anonymous - 3/21/2012 7:10:07 AM

There are alot of posts on this site with Keeshonds for sale. Read them carefully and make a decision. I would go with health tested parents though, for 200 or 300 dollars more at least you have some kind of record. Knowing the parents are healthy can offer more of a guarantee that you will get a healthy puppy.To me it shows the breeder took the time and showed concern before just breeding to have a litter
    Answered by Anonymous - 3/21/2012 4:34:28 PM

I find these message boards amusing, the people who ask the questions gen. are looking for advice and that is a good thing but most will buy what is cheaper and think they are getting a deal until that puppy comes up ill or lame. Best of luck in your search, I bought my keeshond from someone who does health testing and when at 2 yrs old I followed up with hips and such OFA gave me a rating of excellent on his hips. So why take the chance on a puppy from untested parents. Daniel
    Answered by Anonymous - 3/23/2012 12:56:46 PM

I would go with health tested parents vs not. Plus I would go with sellers whose pictures of their dogs look cared for not unkept. Ones with good earset, look at thigh and tail set. If the person breeding sates they breed for show looks then look at these things.
    Answered by Anonymous - 4/1/2012 6:52:01 AM

I found a breeder, one who health tests. She will not have puppies probably for at least a year but I will wait. I looked at everything that was written here and did some online research. None of the puppies or adult keeshonds on this site look like show dogs, and that is the look I am going for. I learned in this process if the pedigree does not have Ch listed within the first 3 generations then you can pretty much cross that bloodline off as anything good is now gone. Thank you all for your time and considerate answers to my questions. I honestly felt this was a great learning process. Carol
    Answered by Anonymous - 4/2/2012 4:14:40 PM

Buy a keeshond from breeders or find a breed rescue - never stores or puppy mills. Absolutely check for hip dysplasia. This is my breed since 1966 - all you can ask for in a loving companion.
    Answered by Anonymous - 7/21/2012 12:11:43 PM