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Dog breeding is regulated in the United States, but the regulations vary by state. Some states have laws and regulations governing dogs' breeding and sale, while others have no specific rules in place.
At the federal level, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for enforcing the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), which sets standards for treating animals in commercial breeding facilities. These facilities, known as "Class A" breeders, are subject to inspections by the USDA to ensure they comply with the AWA. However, this law only applies to breeders who sell their dogs to pet stores or research facilities, and many breeders who sell directly to the public are not covered.
The United States also has many organizations that promote responsible breeding practices, such as the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the United Kennel Club (UKC). Still, these organizations are not government agencies, and their rules and regulations are not legally binding.
Most of the regulation is left to the state and local level; some states require commercial dog breeders to be licensed and inspected, others prohibit puppies' sale in pet stores, and others have no specific laws related to dog breeding.
Dog breeding is regulated in the United States, but the regulations vary by state. They often do not fully cover all the aspects of breeding, like the welfare and genetic health of the breeding dogs, and many breeders are not subject to inspection. Therefore, it is essential for potential dog owners to research and carefully choose a responsible and reputable breeder.
Rebecca Creek Retrievers is a small, home-based breeding operation and is not required to be a licensed kennel in Texas or in Comal County.
TellTail Certified Breeder
Standing out as a responsible dog breeder
All TellTail-certified breeders complete identity verification and a puppy mill screening process before being approved to become TellTail Certified. The TellTail badge is your "telltale" sign that your breeder is legit! If you are a buyer, click here to match with a certified breeder today! If you are a breeder, we would love to have you! Email Liza with questions.
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Rebecca Creek Retrievers is proud to be Certified by TellTail!
Recognized as a Responsible Breeding Program by Good Dog
Good Dog is an organization that evaluates breeders based on their breeding practices, the physical health of the breeding dogs and puppies, the mental health of the breeding dogs and puppies, the environment, and the breeder's buyer education and policies. Breeders that meet these standards are invited into the Good Dog community where they can join the marketplace or have access to learning resources for continued education.
Rebecca Creek Retrievers is proud to be recognized as a Good Breeder by Good Dog!
Blue Ribbon Breeder
Blue Ribbon Breeder with the Goldendoodle Association of North America
The Goldendoodle Association of North America (GANA) is an organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the Goldendoodle breed. GANA is an association of breeders, owners, and enthusiasts who work together to promote responsible breeding and ownership of Goldendoodles. The association is also involved in educating the public about the breed, and works to promote the health, welfare, and well-being of Goldendoodles. GANA also provides a breeder directory, and maintains a strict code of ethics that all its members must follow. They also have a DNA testing program and a health testing program to ensure that the breed is healthy and well-bred. GANA is a non-profit organization and is not affiliated with any other club or organization.
Rebecca Creek Retrievers is proud to be recognized as a Blue Ribbon Breeder by GANA!
AKC Bred With Heart
Rebecca Creek Retrievers is recognized by the AKC for exemplary breeding standards for our Poodles
This program is meant to improve the health and well-being of dogs thorugh breeders like us, who have made a commitment to breeding better dogs through education and health testing.