Research The Breed and
Different Breed Lines
several articles and Information on the Reece Website
under the tab
Education. Also go to the GWPCA.com,
AKC.org, NAVHDA.org for additional information. This is
an active, smart breed that require lots of exercise,
they are not suited for all
homes. Also understand their are different lines that excel in
different areas. Ask your breeder about trainability,
drive and hunting style. Some lines are more adapted
to hunt thick cover where others have lots of run and
more suited for horseback. Not all lines
excel in water work and some are
natural retrievers and trackers. Talk to your breeder
about their stock.
health clearances have been completed on the sire & dam
and other generations before them.
The bare minimum health screening on any sire or dam
should be OFA or PennHip hips and thyroid; most reputable
breeders will strive for much more. There is a program called CHIC which is a
centralized canine health database sponsored by the OFA.
CHIC, working with the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of
America recommends certain health screenings before
breeding a GWP. When a dog is CHIC it means they were
all the health screenings but not necessarily passed
them. Verify the sire & dam have all or most of the CHIC
test and verified they passed the test. The Required
CHIC test are Hips, Elbows, Thyroid, Cardiac, Eye. You
can research all health clearances at
Research The Breeder.
The breeder should be able to provide references
from previous puppy owners, fellow breeders/mentors,
veterinaries and other organizations. Look for a breeder
that is involved with, and a member of the AKC GWP
parent club (GWPCA) as well as other AKC clubs or
hunting clubs. A breeder should be involved with
other people in the breed and with organizations that
recognize and support your breed. The breeder should
take health, temperament, conformation and
hunting/working ability very serious when breeding.
This pup will be with you for 10-15 years, you
want a breeder that will be a support system to you and
your new family member. You want a breeder that is
involved and supportive but not controlling. Be cautious
with breeders that swing from one extreme to the other.
Avoid the breeder with no references or contract but the
other spectrum, a breeder with a large contract, tons of
stipulations and requirements, can be just as hazardous.
Call, email, visit and interview a breeder several times
get to know them.
Research The Sire & Dam.
Health Clearances & Titles
Ask for a pedigree and verify the sire and dam
and other dogs in the pedigree have health clearances
and verify these through OFFA.org. Verify the sire
& dam have titles or accomplishments. You may think I only want a pet so
titles are not important but they are very important.
They demonstrate that the sire & dam are successful in
areas that are important to the breed, that they have a
personality/ temperament that is comfortable in public
forums, that they can be trained in different venues,
and that the breeder is involved with organizations and
events that support GWP's. If at all possible ask to
meet the sire & dam so you can attest to their
personality/temperament personally and ask the breeder
about temperament, health, conformation and other
attributes of dogs in the pedigree.
Accomplishments of Reece Dogs
Ask the breeder how they raise their puppies, make
sure they are properly socialized, are introduced to
different sounds, people, surfaces and stimulations.
Verify the breeder takes good care of their existing
adult dogs, it will reflect how they take care of the
puppies. Ask what inoculations and at what age they are given
to the pups, what kind of food do they feed and at what
age do they let their puppies go home.
Breeders should have a contract available for you to
review so that you understand what is expected from you
and the breeder. Verify there are clauses for how to
handle a pup that has genetic health issues.
Once you find a breeder that you feel comfortable
with, has the same values as you with all aspects of
dog ownership, don't compromise. So many buyers choose a
breeding based on timing and location. This is a pup
that will be with you for the next 10-15 years. Don't
compromise integrity, values, health screenings and all
the items I listed above to make a pup fit a certain
time or a certain location. Don't let a vacation or the
distance to drive make you compromise and get a lesser
pup from a breeder that you have not developed a
relationship with. If timing is critical to you a good
breeder will help you find a pup from a breeder with
similar values as them that will work with your