Future WPG litter inquiries, what should I be asking?

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Future WPG litter inquiries, what should I be asking?

Postby ABurkdoll » Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:55 pm

I am new to the versatile dog world and looking to get a WPG puppy in the next 18-24 months. I want to start contacting breeders about future litters but I want to make sure I'm asking the right questions. I'm coming from the world of labs so I would assume health related questions are the same.

So what questions should I be asking?
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Re: Future WPG litter inquiries, what should I be asking?

Postby orhunter » Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:39 pm

Way back when I was looking for a better dog than my current Griff, I asked the simple question, “is anyone out there breeding actual hunting type Griffons?” You’ve taken that first step, congratulations.

Your pup is quite a ways out and you are wise to begin your search now. This will give you confidence when the time comes to make a decision.

What I tell folks who have time to spare such as yourself, go to the breeder section here at V-Dogs and familiarize yourself with them. It’s easy to eliminate those from consideration if you see any connection to the show ring. That connection could be dogs in the pedigree with a CH designation or the breeders reference to show, agility, or pet, non-hunting activities. You’ll want to know if the breeder actually hunts their dogs and require field testing of the pups they produce.

Once you find some likely candidates, they will want to make sure you qualify for one of their pups. They won’t sell a pup to just anyone and they’ll require you to fill out an application. You must be an avid hunter, number one. The dog will be part of the family with every member on board with owning the dog. If you want the dog and your wife doesn’t, sorry. Griffs are very people oriented, they can’t rot in a kennel. They go where you go, do what you do, your buddy, your shadow. They accept lavish spoiling with enthusiasm. No home is complete without sharing your bed with that ugly thing.

A little pedigree education can be found on the thread, Most Influential Griffon. Look it up.

Check in every now and then and share what you’ve found. The more you are willing to do on your own, the more willing folks will be to help you out.

Be aware there are numerous breeders without websites etc. and the only way you’ll learn of them is by word of mouth. It worked for me.
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Re: Future WPG litter inquiries, what should I be asking?

Postby ABurkdoll » Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:06 pm

Thanks for the reply, I was a little vague in my original post as I was trying to avoid a long winded first post but most of the things you mentioned reaffirmed my initial research.

We are a hunting family and the wife is probably equally as excited about getting the griff as I am! I have only been looking into breeders with dogs that actually hunt and I've reached out to the local NAVHDA chapter to attend some training and testing days.

I guess what I had in mind when starting the topic, which I failed to convey, was more questions about coats, certain heath issues specific to the breed etc.

Again, thanks for the reply... I'm going to check out the thread you suggested.
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Re: Future WPG litter inquiries, what should I be asking?

Postby Stretch » Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:30 pm

Coming from a person that just his first Griff, your in for a lot of fun. My pup is six months old and is coming along really well in my opinion. Pointing, retrieving on water and land, and finding sheds. I had to fill out a questionnaire and have to do a NA test. I waited a little over a year for the pup I have now. Had one breeder try to break it off in me, so beware of them. Good Luck!!!
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