Originally Posted by stonerreakinhavok
ch is champion and gr ch is grand champion, look for titled dogs it means people actually did something with the dogs. make sure that the breeder has a goal and a reason for breeding that is to do better for the breed or the dogs he/she produces if that makes sense
While i do agree with this statement i also (personally) feel that show titles on working dogs are useless. Its great that they accomplished and all but when i look at working dogs, i want to see the dogs continuously bred for and proven for working abilities..
Papers are quite meaningless unless your plans are showing or breeding. Of course some sports depending on what your looking to do can also call for papers for various reasons however generally in the working environment, its not.
Papers are important and a pretty "standard" way of knowing exactly what your getting though its not the only way. Papers can be hung so no matter where you get a pup you need to ensure that the breeder is trustworthy. Some breeders still to do this day "pencil in" what they have and keep proper records for every dog on their yard without going through registries. Though this is more or less a "dying art" not to mention if you go through someone you may be unfamiliar with the gamble is huge.
IMO theres a reason this person(s) cant get rid of the pups for the original asking price and now free. Screams all kind of red flags.