Hi Guys I've started work back on the Breeder's directory and would like your opinion about the minimum requirements for it. Originally, I was going to set out options that would allow breeders to choose which breeder's charter they follow (e.g., the Kennel Club guidelines, or AKC guidelines, etc) or maybe even their own - and then track any changes they might make to it over time. But I think this would be too complicated for people looking for a puppy. So I thought having a minimum requirement that all breeders say they adhere to would be better. Here are my thoughts on it, just remember they are the absolute minimum standards - if we make it too restrictive, it will be counter-productive - all we want to do is enough to put people on the right track. What do you think? Minimum Standards of an Ethical Breeder An ethical breeder: - only breeds to further their breed - only breeds from dogs that have reached maturity - only breeds from healthy dogs - does not breed more than 3 litters a year irrespective of number of dogs owned - does not breed from a bitch more than once a year - does not repeat matings when previous offspring suffer from genetic conditions such as epilepsy - is responsible in how many times they put their dog out to stud and to bitches who's owner/breeder meets these standards themselves. - carries out all health testing as recommended by the respective breed clubs and societies - only sells to fully vetted homes suitable for the breed - supports their buyers for the lifetime of the dog - includes a puppy pack with every sale, with care and support information The above constitutes the absolute minimum standards expected of an ethical breeder - most ethical breeders would likely surpass these standards. Additionally, Breedia is not for commercial breeders.