Finding a Reputable Breeder
Listed are some guidelines to help you make the determination that the breeder you are talking to is committed to the betterment of their breed.
QUESTIONS TO FIND OUT IF A BREEDER IS REPUTABLE
- A reputable breeder requires that pet quality animal be spayed or neutered. Be wary of breeders who tell you that all of their puppies are show quality in a litter.
- A reputable breeder requires a contract, which varies from breeder to breed, but usually spells out the rights of the seller and the buyer, health information, altering and buy back/return policy. They will gladly send you a copy in advance for your review.
- That they show a general interest in, love for, and knowledge about the breed. They care about placing puppies in good homes and will often interview potential buyers thoroughly, have a questionnaire.
- They will tell you about the good and bad points about their breed. They will make sure if their breed is the right breed for you or suggest one that would better suite your life style.
- A reputable breeder will guarantee a puppy’s general health for certain period of time. While no one can guarantee against inheritable diseases 100% since most of the time they are recessive genes. They will be well-informed about the genetic problems in their particular breed and bloodlines, routinely have their dogs tested for problems, and have this information readily available to give to potential puppy buyers. Beware of breeders who scoff at genetic testing and say that their particular breed or bloodlines are problem free.
- The place (kennel or home) where the breeder keeps the puppies and dogs should be clean and well maintained. Be leery of breeders who will not let you see where the dogs and puppies are kept and insist on bringing them out to you only.
- A reputable breeder is actively involved in dog sports, including showing, performance, and dog clubs. Most will belong to their National Breed Club.
- They are willing to provide answers to all of your questions. They are willing to provide references and names of other people who have purchased puppies.
- A reputable breeder will allow you to meet the puppy’s parents and grandparents if they are available, if not available willing to show you photos. Some stud dogs are unavailable if out of state or are on a show circuit. Many breeders today with modern technology are using shipped chilled or frozen semen and will have information available on these dogs.
- They will follow up on their puppies. They are interested in how the pups develop physically and mentally, difficulties with the puppies, and health problems. They will encourage you to bring your puppies to Puppy Kindergarten and obedience classes.
- Before calling or seeing the breeder, please make a list of your questions you wish to ask. This way you will not forget to ask any important questions.
- The breeder should be able to tell you about each of the individual puppies in the litter. A reputable breeder has observed each puppy while raising them and has made notes on the personality of each puppy.
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