“The American Kennel Club believes that breeding programs should be undertaken responsibly for the purpose of preserving breed characteristics and producing healthy, well-socialized puppies. Responsible breeders are expected to give careful consideration to health issues, temperament, and genetic screening, as well as to the individual care and placement of puppies in responsible homes. AKC supports and promotes these and other responsible breeding practices through breeders’ education programs, and commends those who offer similar guidance.
The AKC strongly opposes the breeding of dogs by those who do so without regard for the dogs’ welfare. We support scrupulous enforcement of the federal Animal Welfare Act, and state and local regulations governing the humane care of animals. We further believe that USDA and other enforcement agencies should be given appropriate resources to ensure that regulations are met.
In addition, the AKC Investigations and Inspections department conducts more than 4,000 kennel inspections each year [of which Rockhaven Cockers is one of them]. When AKC inspectors find kennels that do not meet our minimum care and conditions requirements, they educate and encourage those breeders to raise their standards or face suspension of their AKC registration privileges. Proper authorities are also alerted to any cases of animal neglect.”
As a responsible breeder I care and consider my breeding stock members of my family. Most of my day is taken up with kennel chores, grooming, litter care and answering puppy inquiries. We are not a puppy mill and only breed select females once a year for a maximum of four years between the ages of about two to six years old. Once retired from our breeding program our cocker spaniels are placed in loving family homes.
I also engage in a significant amount of pedigree research and take great care to ensure that my breeding stock comes from superior genetic bloodlines. Because of that, a significant number of my puppies are show or near-show quality cocker spaniels that also make wonderful healthy family pets.
If genetically superior bloodlines are not important to you then you have come to the wrong place to look for a puppy and are better off purchasing a puppy from another source. However, if you value the devotion of my breeding program you have come to the right place for your next family addition.
For additional information on my dog breeding philosophy or puppy availability don’t hesitate to contact me via email or call me at (706) 402-4572.
Tammie Baker – Breeder of Superior American Cocker Spaniels