Family & Pets

Best Breeders In Charlotte

May 17, 2013 8:00 AM

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breederscbsaaaa Best Breeders In CharlotteThe pet hamster became very proficient at escaping his cage for a nighttime rendezvous. After all, he was a nocturnal black bear breed. In the wee hours of the morning, he was recovered under a bed blanket, crawling up the leg of his owner. Pets will provide fun and unique memories for any family. In fact, it is one of the best ways to teach kids responsibility. Feeding and cleaning out cages and water bottles teaches kids how to care for a living creature. A strong emotional support develops between the pet and the animal lover. Studies show that children with pets develop a greater sense of self-esteem. Here are a few places around Charlotte to help you get started with pet ownership:

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Shimmerin Star Kennel
Services Charlotte Metro
Waxhaw, NC
(704) 491-9893

Shimmerin Star Kennel is located in Waxhaw, about 30 miles from Charlotte. The kennel breeds Siberian Huskies and German Shepherds. First and foremost, owners encourage clients to study the breeds, making sure they are a lifestyle fit. Ensuring the health and safety of their puppies, the kennel does not sell to puppy brokers, backyard breeders or puppy mills. Each animal is sold on a spay/neuter contract. Breeding is only done on health-tested parents. Eyes are certified through the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. Hips and thyroid are certified, as well. Each puppy is raised inside and vet checked at seven weeks. Puppies will be current on shots and deworming. Each puppy will go home with a health guarantee, collar, lead, treats, toys and sample food.

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Pet horse (Credit= Catherine Lash)

Sanderosa Stables
9711 Beatties Ford Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 401-7181

Sanderosa Stables is just north of Charlotte. It specializes in the American Saddlebred horse. It was widely used during the American Civil War. The stable offers the sale of show horses, breeding and saddleseat training for all levels. It is owned by Charlotte native Charles Sanders. Saddleseat training is characterized by the high stepping American Saddlebred.

M&M Rabbitry
Charlotte, NC
(704) 299-6405

M&M Rabbitry is a member of the American Rabbit Breeders Association. The rabbitry breeds and shows the American Fuzzy Lop — a small, long-haired, long-eared rabbit. Co-owner Ginger Mendat says they screen prospective buyers, making sure they are serious about wanting a rabbit. She urges clients to be well-educated. If for some reason the client is not happy with the purchase, whether allergies or personality, the rabbit may be returned. Mendat and her business partner, Helen Moore, travel throughout the U.S showing rabbits and meeting other breeders. For 18 years, they have been pairing up people with a new pet and take great pride in finding the perfect match!

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Alexander Bengals
Charlotte, NC
(704) 888-9099

Alexander Bengals have been a cat breeder in North Carolina since 1977. It is a smaller cattery, specializing in bengal cats. It is a domestic cat with feature similar to a small, wild cat. In fact, it looks like a miniature leopard. Alexander bengals come from champion bloodlines. Every kitten born is raised inside the Alexander home with loving attention. They grow alongside the family’s five dogs. This breed is said to be affectionate, active, sprightly and good with children.

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Box turtle (Credit= Catherine Lash)

Repticon Charlotte
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4751 Highway 49 N.
Concord, NC 28025

Dates: August 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: $15 for adult two-day pass/$5 for ages 5-12, $10 for adult one-day pass/$5 for ages 5-12

Looking for a pet without hair, fur or feathers? Try a reptile! Repticon Charlotte will feature reptiles of every sort: bearded dragons, geckos, snakes, salamanders, turtles and more. This event attracts business owners, breeders and experts from the large, local reptile community. Reptiles require less attention and stimulation. They can be a great pet for owners with allergies. Reptiles will not suffer neglect, if left at home for an extended period of time. Learn more about reptiles as pets, and meet up with Charlotte-area herpers at this exhibit!

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Catherine Lash engagingly connects with people. She has learned that interested listening and thoughtful questioning are the means through which collaboration creates a story. She grew up traveling the world and learning military life in an Air Force family of seven. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and three kids. Her work can be found at

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