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At minimum a breeder should have all breeding stock with the following tests: OFA Hips (Fair or better), OFA Elbows (Normal), Eyes CAER cleared and DNA tested for PRCD-PRA, EIC and CNM (one parent should ALWAYS be "Clear"). A few others are OFA Cardiac ECHO clearance and DNA testing for HNPK, RD/OSD and Copper Toxicosis.
Puppy Culture and ENS-
First I will say that this isn't a requirement. Some breeders do and don't do ENS and some do/don't do Puppy Culture, but I would suggest it very highly! Puppy Culture is amazing and it's not only for breeders! As a puppy owner, you can help shape and start your new puppy on the road to becoming the most well mannered, confident and well adjusted adult. It helps if the breeder starts this, but it in no way stops you! I would suggest taking a look into Puppy Culture. There is also a Puppy Culture groupn on Facebook that is super supportive of those new to the program or interested in it.
ENS, unlike Puppy Culture, is typically something that needs to be done very early on. I always suggest people read up on the benefits of ENS.
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