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Hi everyone,
Just recently my family has started the discussion of getting a dog and we have come to the point where we know that we want a Lhasa Apso puppy. We want to get this dog from a reliable breeder that is registered with the AKC (American Kennel Club), and can provide us with a young puppy (maybe around 2 months old).
1- Can you please suggest some breeders in the Boston, Massachusetts area or anywhere in MA is fine
2- If you're not in MA some trusted websites from where I can find good breeders
Thanks :)

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Not in your area but these are the things you need to check for -

  • Eye disease: Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) (annual testing)
  • Hip dysplasia: breed mean score 12.7 (parents should be lower)
DNA Tests Available
  • Chondrodysplasia
  • Haemophilia B (Factor 1X deficiency)
  • Albinism, Oculocutaneous Type 1V
  • Generalised Progressive Retinal Atrophy (GPRA)
Availability of a DNA test does not mean that it is always necessary or even desirable for breeders to use this test. Good breeders will have followed the recommendations of the appropriate breed clubs, Kennel Club and/or other qualified experts.

Ask the breeder to show you the certificates for the above tests/screening for both parents. If any of the above tests have not been considered necessary by the breeder (and there may be good reasons), ask her to explain why.

Other Diseases Reported
(For which there are currently no genetic or screening tests for sire or dam)

  • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Atopy
  • Patellar luxation
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Atlanto axial subluxation
  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (‘Dry Eye’)
  • Familial Renal Disease
  • Cancer: perianal gland tumors; intracutaneous cornifying epithelioma
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataract
  • ‘Cherry Eye’
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Urolithiasis
Ask the breeder about the medical history of the parents, grandparents and great grandparents. Consider carefully whether to purchase a puppy if some of these or other diseases are in the family line.

Ask about the breeder’s policy in cases of serious genetic diseases occurring to your puppy in later life. Good breeders will request to be informed of such events in order to improve future breeding decisions. Some breeders will also agree to contribute towards medical costs or refund purchase price.
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