ABOUT BLOSSOM VALLEY KENNEL (PARSON RUSSELL TERRIERS, RUSSELL TERRIERS, AND LABRADOR RETRIEVERS)
If you want a puppy from me, complete an application and return to me at BVPRTs@gmail.com or mail to my address on the Application. I don't accept deposit until puppies are born. If you purchase a puppy from me, you get: (i) free American Kennel Club (AKC) registration; (ii) a 15-digit microchip implanted before the puppy leaves home; (iii) a BAER hearing test; (iv) two or three MERCK Nobivac Canine 1-DAPPv puppy shots starting at 7 weeks; (v) two or three deworming treatments; (vi) minimum guarantee to 12 months against genetic defects (extendable to 12 or 24 months upon certain testing of puppy); and (vii) lifetime support and advice. Pet puppies are $1,500 to $2,000 and show prospects are $2,500 to $5,000 with a co-ownership until contract terms are satisfied.
I started showing and breeding dogs in 1998 when I moved to an area of East San Diego County called Blossom Valley. I had a large almost-12-acre piece of land that I purchased in 1987 and I had always wanted to design and build my own "dream" house. When I was working on that project, I attended a local Gold Coast Miniature Horse Club show in Lakeside, CA and was amazed at the miniature horses I saw there. It was Mother's Day 1997. A club member referred me to a breeder named Kasey Mando of Arabay Ranch and Ultra Quest Show Dogs. I drove to Kasey's that day and bought my own 4-month-old miniature horse whom I named Arabay's Captain Azule ("Blue"). Later, I bought 3 Labs from Kasey and eventually Jack Russell Terriers (now called Parson Russell Terriers). Kasey is the person who started taking me to horse shows and dog shows. Kasey is still around and still gives advice when needed. Blossom Valley Ranch and Blossom Valley Kennel originated at that time on that property in San Diego county, California, east of El Cajon and west of Alpine. I had a 140-mile one-way commute to work that became longer as the years passed, so eventually in 2010 I moved to Aguanga, California, east of Temecula, California and Interstate 15, which is in Riverside county, California. My one-way commute to Rosemead to work at Southern California Edison Company became shorter as the distance was reduced to 100 miles each way.
I now live on a 4.8 acre parcel with my dogs, alpacas, mini horses, miniature donkey, Arab mare and peacocks. My dogs go out into dog runs during the day and sleep inside at night unless the weather is too hot. Dogs are supposed to be loved and raised in homes where they are properly socialized and given hours to be outside in the sun to play. I try to minimize genetic health defects in my puppies by doing as much genetic/health testing that is financially possible. Breeders who tell you that they have no genetic/health defects in their lines are either lying or ignorant. Ask them what tests they have done and if they submit the results to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. If they do no testing or tell you that they do not need to do any testing because they have no problems, RUN from them. Every dog has at least one health or genetic problem because NO DOG IS PERFECT. Every breeder has had one problem or another over the years. Look up their kennel name on the OFA website to see if they test. We can only attempt to minimize the problems that can pop up in our puppies.
No buyer should buy a dog from a "puppy farm" or "puppy mill" -- the terms are different, but they are essentially the same. They keep their adult dogs in cages in buildings, where the dogs are kept on wire floors so the pee and poop go through and they can scoop the mess out from a small area below the cage. The United States Department of Agriculture permits such atrocious practices! They do not require that the puppy farms or puppy mills let their dogs outside to run and play.
Some breeders hide their dogs to avoid licensing laws and keep their dogs in wire or plastic dog crates inside and only let the city or county limit outside at any point in time to potty. One such local breeder is reputed to have 30-40 dogs in crates but only let 6 outside at any time to potty. What kind of life is that? Beware if a breeder refuses to let you see where their adults and puppies live. If a breeder wants to meet you in a parking lot or at their vet, run fast! They are hiding the way they keep their dogs. An honest and ethical breeder will welcome you to visit their home to see how they and their dogs live. Just because a breeder brags of show wins does not mean they keep their dogs in a good environment. Ask to visit and see what they say. If they make excuses why you cannot visit their home and where the dogs live, RUN FROM THEM!
A good test of a puppy mill or puppy farm is that they do not register with the AKC. They register with flim-flam registries that will register ANY litter or dog from ANY puppy mill. Ask if the registry holds conformation show, agility trials, obedience tests, and other types of trials to test the working ability of their dogs. If not, they are a sham registry trying to legitimize puppy millers.
The following is a list of some of the most prevalent problems with our breed about which you should be concerned when talking to breeders:
Hereditary Ataxia (Cerebellar Ataxia=early onset; Spinocerebellar Ataxia=late onset)
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All rights reserved. Copyright 2002-2018 by Annette Gilliam
Blossom Valley Kennel (Parson Russell Terriers, Russell Terriers, and Labrador Retrievers
located in Aguanga, CA (east of Temecula)