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Worth the Wait for a Connemara Terrier?
Buying a puppy should be "fun & exciting" from people you feel comfortable with. Not filled with stress & frustration due to mistrust. Does the breeder you are considering possess the knowledge and experience to be able to evaluate puppies for placement in homes that will fit the puppies individual personality and characteristics?
We at Connemara have a professional background including selecting, training and working Police K-9's in the areas of Narcotics Detection, Tracking, Searching, Patrol and Personal Protection. We have been raising Jack Russell puppies since 1999 and have a very successful placement program that is proven. We are continually seeking out new ways (seminars, certifications and on-going education) to further educate ourselves.
What does all of this mean to you when picking a Jack Russell Breeder?
It means we are experienced and educated in respect to evaluating puppy temperaments and personalities, no matter what the pup is destined for after leaving our home. It means we are skilled in understanding animal behavior and recognize the differences with each puppy. It means we know how to evaluate temperaments and energy levels as well - all in an effort to help you select the most appropriate puppy for your family. It all means we will be a great and continuing resource for you for years to come. ￼
Our main objective is to produce pups with excellent health and temperament first. The reality is that roughly 87% of all puppies placed today, are placed in pet homes as companion animals. Show homes and working homes are needed, but they are the minorities.
If you are looking for a companion animal or a service dog (therapy, search & rescue or other scent work), we are experienced in these areas and are more than capable to help you. If you are looking for a show prospect or a serious hunting terrier - We will be happy to refer you to someone more experienced in these areas. We are not AKC/UKC promoters and we do not hunt anything more than mice with our terriers.
In most cases, if you have located a quality breeder, you will be facing a waiting period due to the demand for their dogs as well as the selective nature of their breeding practices. Their puppies will be raised in their homes to allow for the monitoring, care, and socialization necessary to thoroughly know their dogs as well as to provide them with a lot of tender loving care. They will not breed until they have a sufficient number of prescreened homes waiting for their puppies and they never have more pups at once than they can handle. Try not to feel frustrated or impatient about the delay... it can be an indication that the breeder is serious about breeding for quality.
If a breeder tells you their breeding goals are to “improve the breed”, don't be afraid to ask what they mean. If the answer has little or nothing to do with health or temperament, you may want to keep looking. The more litters a breeder has at once or if they are breeding more than 1-2 breeds, the less attention they can focus on the individual dogs, prospective families, and puppies. Some commercial breeders may be clean and professional but realistically, how can one properly socialize and care for 8-12 litters at once?
While you wait for the right breeder and the right puppy, take this time to read up on dog behavior and different training methods, find a local kennel or training club where you will be able to take your puppy for "kindergarten" and obedience training; Find a veterinarian, read up on puppy/dog care, nutrition, grooming, etc; Plan the dog related "spaces" - indoors and out, and toward the end of this time, begin to purchase supplies!
We will do everything within our power to maintain a comfortable and positive relationship with you during this entire process and will always make ourselves available to provide support for the life of your dog. ~