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I am interested in buying an Irish Wolfhound puppy but a complete layman. If I adopt a dog, it will be my first time. I was searching the net for some breeder information and I came across your forum. Also, I went through a few Irish Wolfhound articles that throw some light about the dog and breeders in general, and also what to ask for before buying a puppy.

http://www.embracepetinsurance.com/dog-breeds/irish-wolfhound
http://www.iwcps.org/looking-for-an-irish-wolfhound.html
http://www.101dogbreeds.com/irish-wolfhound.asp
http://www.dogbreedhealth.com/irish-wolf-hound/

If someone adopts a pup from a breeder, is it the client's right to be provided with the parent dogs' health test/screening certificates and other health-related papers? What if the breeder is reputed but still has no provision to provide his clients with such documents?
 

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I am interested in buying an Irish Wolfhound puppy but a complete layman. If I adopt a dog, it will be my first time. I was searching the net for some breeder information and I came across your forum. Also, I went through a few Irish Wolfhound articles that throw some light about the dog and breeders in general, and also what to ask for before buying a puppy.

http://www.embracepetinsurance.com/dog-breeds/irish-wolfhound
http://www.iwcps.org/looking-for-an-irish-wolfhound.html
http://www.101dogbreeds.com/irish-wolfhound.asp
http://www.dogbreedhealth.com/irish-wolf-hound/

If someone adopts a pup from a breeder, is it the client's right to be provided with the parent dogs' health test/screening certificates and other health-related papers? What if the breeder is reputed but still has no provision to provide his clients with such documents?
You should really go and read this thread that I started when I was looking through with breeders. It helped me a lot, and I hope it can help you too. http://www.dogforums.com/first-time-dog-owner/367169-loss-faith-breeder-slight.html

FYI - no reputable breeder would deny their client documentations - EVER. That is how they become reputable!
 

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Yes, a reputable breeder should provide documentation of health testing and certifications. S/He should show the documents, offer you copies, and/or give you links to a site like Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.

By the way, a member here recently got an IW: Thistle.
 

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Yes, you are entitled to the documentation. You should also receive a Mating Pedigree.

You have a list of good articles. The one about finding a reputable breeder is very concise.
Before I was able to adopt Thistle, I had to go through a stringent screening process.
And I already have two other wolfhounds at home that I have raised from puppyhood.
I would expect nothing less from a reputable breeder.

A good book to read before you decide to adopt a wolfhound is:
Irish Wolfhounds A Complete Pet Owner's Manual
It's an easy to understand book and touches on all the basic information.
Pet food stores usually carry them.
 

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Hi everyone, thanks a lot indeed for your expert help! Because I am never accustomed to owning a pet dog, may be am a bit nervous... :p
especially with my fondness for dogs but at the same time, with the huge responsibility I need to shoulder.
I am sure your resources and advices will help!
 

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I don't have any paperwork with my dogs health testing results but I did look them up on OFA.
If a breeder says "my dogs are healthy, I've never had a problem" or, my favorite, "my vet said my puppy has fine hips"....it's not the puppy that gets tested but the parents, grandparents etc.
 
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