Are you in the market for a dog? The hard part is deciding which to choose and where to find it. While you can go to a pet shop, a commercial kennel or a pound, the best place to look for a quality puppy is from a hobby breeder. With the hobby breeder, the puppies are a labor of love. The breeders know the characteristics and temperaments of the parents and ancestors so as to make the best match. The breeder will be able to tell you about the parents, have papers for the sire and dam, will be affiliated with the local breeders club and will offer papers for the AKC-registered puppy. Below is a list of a few local breeders and their beautiful dogs. See if you find one you like.
Martha (Marty) Huck
Rocklin, CA 95677
The Nightwatch Keeshonds began in 1981 when Russ and Marty acquired their first Keeshond and realized they could not stop at just one. This particular dog is a happy breed, loves to play and has a sense of humor. As responsible breeders, they can be found at the California Sierra Keeshond Club. Nightwatch Keeshonds has a new website, so watch for more news to come.
Silver Ace Poodles and Yorkies
Elverta, CA 95626
Karen is the owner of Silver Ace Poodles and Yorkies, and as such, has a good reputation as an experienced breeder in both categories. Her website has numerous photos of the variety of poodles as well as of the yorkies. Each puppy she sells is sent to its new home with a certificate declaring the condition of their health. All of the puppies live in Karen’s home so they become socially acclimated.
Mary Edner is the local breeder for the Bearded Collie and belongs to the Northern California Bearded Collie Fanciers. Bearded collies are also called beardies. They used to be a herding breed, but are now known as a great family dog. They are a long-haired breed, and as such, require much grooming.
JP’s Pequena Chihuahuas
Rio Linda, CA 95673
Judy Padgug of Rio Linda is the area breeder for long coat and smooth coat chihuahuas. This breed is also known as “purse dogs” and you will see them carried that way on many an occasion, as well as in the movie “Legally Blonde” starring Reese Witherspoon. Chihuahuas are highly intelligent, graceful and alert. If you think this little package is right for you, contact Judy.
Bella Notte Cockers
Terry and Odette Poppert
(916) 613- 3270
Odette and husband Terry have been in Sacramento for 10 years. They are registered breeders with the American Kennel Club (AKC) and all of their pups are AKC registered. An active breed, they need exercise daily. As gentle dogs, cockers are intelligent and thrive in a family environment.
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Deb Ling is a freelance writer covering all things Sacramento. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.