Mountain West Dog Fanciers A Guide to all things "DOG" in the Western Mountain States
We invite the participation of Breed Fanciers who are willing to share their knowledge about “responsible dog ownership”.
You do not have to be a breeder, in fact, we prefer that you don’t, except to enhance the quality of your specific breed.
We would appreciate your willingness to share your experience in all aspects of being owned by dogs. Experience in the show ring, agility, obedience, field trials, etc. are very helpful to others who would like to join you in the sport. Your knowledge of health problems, about breeding, and all the other things that you have experienced is an invaluable asset that could be shared. The more proper information that is shared among the dog community the better it becomes, and knowledge helps greatly in reducing the burden on rescue and the unnecessary murder of unwanted angels.
We only have a few requirements for joining our effort.
A. Belong to a Dog Club - either an All Breed Club, Specialty Club or the National Club for your breed. B. Exhibit your dog in one of the many forms of dog sport at least once every 2 years. (I fully understand that not everyone can afford to get serious about dog shows but it helps that you show your interest in the breed enough to at very least try. It will help you to determine if your line needs refining as well.) C. Not sell puppies over the Internet or to pet shops or sell to anyone without a quality, health, and return contract and a pre-visit to the buyers home to determine their capability of proper care. (Treat your puppies as if they were your children being adopted out. This part is very important to me due to so many dogs in shelters). D. Health test your dogs, especially prior to breeding and provide documentation of that with the puppies that you may sell. This practice will help perpetuate the process and eventually produce much healthier dogs all around. See your national clubs recommendation as each breed is different. E. Be willing to promote these requirements with every breeder that you come in contact with.
I have an unpublished database of over 3000 fanciers in the western states, however, the above could very well cut that list down by as much as half due to so many who think that these little angels are livestock. Please prove me wrong!
Breed Fanciers will be added to the Breed Description pages as information is received
If you would like to join our effort please complete the online application below. I assure you that the dog community will appreciate your participation.