Puppies are large commitment of time and responsibility! PLEASE take the time to research the breeder as well as the breed before you buy!! Join the English Shepherd Club and learn all you can before you buy a puppy.
The breeders listing litters here have signed the ESC Breeder Requirements & Recommendations. Make careful inquiries before purchasing a pup from any breeder. The following questions are also available as a PDF for download and printing.
It is the recommendation of the ESC that a dog be a minimum of 2 years old before being bred. It takes time and maturity to evaluate of dogs temperament and working abilities. A dog isn’t finished growing until 18-24 months of age. And further, OFA will not certify a dog’s hip screening for hip dysplasia until the dog is 24 months old.
Results? (Look for things like OFA/PennHip scores, MDR1 status, CEA/PRA screening) Breeders should be able to give you a copy of the results of these tests. If the breeder refuses or only offers verbal evidence this is a huge red flag.
What kinds of activities have you done with her? Depending on your own need, pick a pup from parents that demonstrate the skills/traits you want with preference given to actual experience vs. assessments.
Can you tell me what kinds of traits I might expect from these pups and in these lines that this pedigree firstname.lastname@example.orgT11:34:48-04:00
Will the breeder take back a dog at any point or help to re-home it if the need arises? Will he remain accessible to help problem solve behaviors or network with others to help find answers he cannot provide? Is this spelled out clearly in a contract?
Pups should be at least 8 weeks of age before leaving. Up until that point they are learning important canine manners from their mother and litter mates. Pups without this foundation are often lacking in social skills and may demonstrate behavior problems later in life.
Early socialization is extremely important. Pups should be exposed to a wide variety of people and experiences to insure a smooth transition into their new home. Failure to properly socialize puppies may result in future behavioral issues.