Cracar Finnish Lapphunds
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Finnish Lapphund
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Finding a Breeder
​​Wow, long page!  Yes, this page is lengthy but very important to ensure that you do as much as possible in assessing a potential breeder and is here to help you find a healthy Lappy from an honest, responsible, ethical breeder.​​

Today, with the world at your fingertips, the easiest place to begin is here, on the Internet.  But, as they always say, "buyer beware".  There are breeders that you can find in every arena of social media, some are not ethical, some are not responsible and some are dishonest and this is where doing your homework will be well worth the effort in adding a healthy, happy puppy to your family in a "painless" manner.  Most breeders have websites where you can view some of their dogs and contact them with any questions or request information but keep in mind that all the glitz and accolades you may see doesn't make them the right choice.  Please keep in mind that we'll be happy to help you locate a breeder in your area.

​Before you do begin your search something to think about is; would an adolescent or adult Lappy fit your needs?  Breeders often have young dogs that were their pick-of-litter that for one reason or another just didn't make it as a show dog.  They also may have older dogs that have been retired from the show ring and would love to be a member of a family as a number one or two dog or they may be aware of a dog that for some reason may be looking for a new family.  They are usually trained, some are housebroken and may already be spayed or neutered.  They come complete with shots, wormings and may have been cleared free of genetic disorders.  With a lifespan of around 15 yrs. plus, these dogs will provide you with many years of enjoyment without the hassles of chewing, digging, potty-training, leash training, obedience training, etc. that comes with a new puppy and are usually considerably less expensive than an 8 or 10 week old puppy.


​Another option is that of a "rescue/rehome" dog.  Sometimes a dog is in such a situation because the prior owner didn't do their homework about the breed or the breeder was not upfront with them about the breed and they either did not want to deal with the quirks of the breed or couldn't.   Other reasons for potential rescue/rehome situations include a change in their family situation, a loss of job or family and household moves.  As a relatively "new" breed to the United States, the Finnish Lapphund is currently not in need of an official "rescue" organization and hopefully with responsible breeding and ethically responsible breeders, we won't need one anytime soon.  The breed is fortunate that the circle of breeders is small and all are usually aware of dogs in a "rescue/rehome" type of situation.  Should you consider one of these dogs feel free to contact us and we can put you in touch with the appropriate people who may be able to help you or we will be happy to help you in your search.  There usually is a nominal fee for a rescue/rehome but again, it is considerably less expensive than a new puppy and you have the pleasure of knowing that you have provided a "homeless" Lappy with a loving family and warm hugs.
Should you decide that you would prefer a puppy we would like to provide you with some information to help you find a responsible, honest, ethical breeder and what you should expect from them.  Please note that while we always encourage potential families to contact and visit more than one breeder, the breed is still relatively new to the U.S. and breeders are spread out all over the continent so this may not be possible, however do contact several breeders with your interest and questions.

We would like to make special mention here about the subject of visiting a breeder;  While in the past we have always encouraged potential families to visit a breeder this has become a very hot topic of discussion within the "dog world" and many are now screening their inquiries with more depth and limiting "at home" visits for several reasons.  Obviously the first reason is the risk of exposing puppies to disease and in the recent two years there have been several different illnessess that have gone throughout the country such as Parvo, Canine Flu and others with deadly results.  Secondly, aside from the possibility of bringing in disease to their property, in the past few years there have been increased incidences of HSUS, PETA and persons representing themselves as "rescue" that present themselves as potential puppy families to gain entry into the homes of breeders.  Once there they note how many animals are on the property, what they are (these incidents are not limited to dogs and have included cats & hooved animals) and thereafter the terror begins.  All of a sudden "agents" appear and seize their companions, and it is usually every dog/animal on the premises, under the pretext that they are neglected, in poor conditions, unhealthy, too many, etc., etc.  It doesn't matter that these conditions/situations don't exsist, the animals are seized and if the owners want them back it will take a very, very long time weaving through the legal system, not to mention the huge amount of financial resources needed.  But, that is what they count on and many of these poor animals will languish in a "shelter" situation during this time or they are sold.  These incidents are well documented and it is happening more and more.  Third, and equally as frightening, is theft.  Again, persons repersent themselves as potential families and steal puppies and/or other animals (again, this has included all species).  They come, "case" the home and then come back and steal the animals, or worse has happened, they have stolen animals at the initial visit which often involves some type of violence.  The end result is that breeders are now far more carefull about home visits and many simply don't allow you "in" their home at all.  

If you are able to visit, you should be able to see at least the dam of the litter.  She may have been shipped out of the area for breeding or the litter may be the result of artificial insemination so seeing the sire may not be possible.  Please note that the dam of the litter may look pretty bad by the time the puppies reach 8 weeks of age.   Feeding and taking care of a litter takes a lot out of them and they will usually begin to loose  their coats at this time, some loose it all the way down to the skin!   Breeders may not allow  you to visit until the puppies are at least 6 weeks old, don't be discouraged as this is for the protection of the puppies and possible exposure to disease.  The puppy area should be clean and dry, protected from the elements and have fresh water readily available.  The puppies should be outgoing with nice coats, clear eyes and should not be thin, withdrawn (do not confuse with a puppy that is  "aloof), sluggish or aggressive to humans.  Moms may be a little apprehensive to have visitors at this time, remember they have maternal instincts which is to protect their young.  All dogs should have plenty of room to exercise with fresh water available at all times.  The dogs should be clean as should their kennels or living quarters.  Unless there are extenuating circumstances such as illness, injury or weather conditions, there should be concern for breeders who have 15 dogs with the majority of them confined in crates and only a couple of small kennels and no where to safely run (in a fenced environment) and stretch.

Red flags should be waving if;  the "breeder" allows you to handle 3 week old puppies, those whose puppies are living in a box under a tree, the person who brags that this is "so-and-so's third litter in a row" or they've had 3+ litters a year, if they are not willing to discuss breed health or the encouragement by the breeder that you buy a puppy with a contract to breed the bitch so the breeder can have puppies back. If that happens you need to ask yourself why?  If the reason is that the breeder is "willing" to sell you a puppy you just "have to have" and it is because it is their "pick" puppy and they don't want to loose the lines, well. . . . .  if the puppy is that valuable then I would keep the puppy myself!  But, if you do decide to purchase a puppy that requires a breeding (or more) be sure you understand what is expected of you and that the breeder will have a contract for you with this information clearly spelled out.  Also, keep in mind that a "breeding" pet should not cost you more and getting AKC papers with your pet should be a given; you should never pay more to get AKC papers with your puppy.

While there are many other things that would and should raise a red flag, you get the picture.  You should feel at ease and comfortable with the breeder as well as the conditions the dogs are raised in.  Being a responsible, ethical and honest breeder isn't automatic just because they "show" their dogs or their dogs are 'champions and/or ranked #whatever".  Don't be swayed by pictures of winning dogs and/or boasting or membership in any type of dog club.  This doesn't make them anymore responsible or honest and while all clubs have a Code of Ethics which members may sign and agree to adhere to, this doesn't mean they always do and frankly, clubs seldom take action with members who are non-compliant, it is too much hassle.  So, do your homework and feel comfortable.  Don't just "settle" for a puppy because it's available now, remember good things are worth waiting for!

Lappy puppies come in many colors but don't make that your number one criteria for choosing a puppy.  Responsible breeders don't breed for specific colors, they take many things into consideration when planning a litter such as, temperament, health and conformation to give them the best possible chance of producing sound and healthy puppies because first and foremost, every puppy born grows up to be a loving companion and pet.  While breeders have a general idea of what to expect, genetics do play a role and often there are surprises as the puppies are born, as a long time breeder once said "having a litter is like Christmas; each puppy born is like opening a present because you never know exactly what you are getting".  With that being said, the price of a puppy SHOULD NEVER be based on coat color, all colors make the same wonderful pet and companion for you and your family.

Be prepared to answer lots of questions about your lifestyle, your home, what accommodations you have for a dog, what other pets you may have, your hobbies, your job, etc.,  Be equally prepared for a bit of wariness on behalf of the breeder due to tactics used by PETA, HSUS and other "anti-dog, anti-pet" organizations in their quest to eliminate the opportunity for those of us who enjoy our purebred dogs which may include showing and participation in other forms of competition as well as occasional breeding to further our lines.  These organizations come off as trying to "help" animals when in reality they are trying to abolish our rights to own pets of our choosing which lends itself to sneaky tactics on their behalf so don't be put of by a breeder who isn't very "willing" to provide information on themselves and their dogs without screening you first.

Obviously with breeders in the U.S. being so spread out, personal contact via a home visit may not be initially possible in which case you should still feel comfortable and confident about getting a Lappy puppy if you have your list of guidelines and follow them, remembering not to waiver because you want one now.  
In the end, the breeder should be willing to spend as much time with you as you feel you need and should be willing to answer all of your questions with as much detail as needed.  Don't think that the list provided above is complete as most of the time one question quickly leads to another and another.  The breeder will ask lots of questions so be prepared to be truthful about your environment and lifestyle.  This will also help the breeder to pick just the right puppy for you and your family and we hope to find forever families for our puppies.  If it doesn't sound like you would want to share an afternoon having lunch with them, maybe that isn't the right relationship to have........

Last, but certainly not least, is to tell you to be prepared to be added to a breeders "wait list".  We all have them due to there being so few breeders here in the U.S. but remember, it will be worth the wait.  It may be tempting to be added to multiple lists but please be fair to all breeders and try not to be on more than two and sometimes waiting that extra month or two means more time to get ready.