Finding a reputable breeder
- Not breed to make money- in fact they will probably be lucky to break even
- Probably have a waiting list, but definitely not have puppies year around
- Ask you a lot of question, such as where you live, if you have children, your work schedule, and about other pets. This is not to see if you are “worthy” of one of their puppies, rather to make sure the breed is right for you, and even to match a particular puppy specifically to your family
- Be able to show you the pedigree for both puppy’s parent’s
- Not place a puppy in a new home before 10-12 weeks of age
- Shows the breed in conformation events
- Often keep at least one puppy from each liter for their breeding program, other wise what was the point of breeding.
- Take back one of their puppies or dogs at any time- in fact they will ask that you return the dog to them if you cannot keep them
- Be responsible for each and every puppy they bring into this world, for its entire life
- Offer you continuing support and training advice throughout the puppy’s life
- Insist that buyers of pet puppies spay/neuter their puppy, and have some method of enforcement or spay and neuter before the dog leaves for their new home.
- Be involved with their breed(s) club and other activities, such as showing their dogs, agility, obedience training
- Educate the buyer about any potential genetic problems in their breed.
- Encourage all puppy owners to test their puppies for various health problems and report back to the breeder so that the breed has a broad, as well as deep knowledge of what is in his/her lines
A reputable breeder produces a litter only after careful consideration of the physical qualities and temperament of the proposed parents, their individual strengths and weaknesses, how their pedigrees (ancestors) relate, and what the proposed breeding would contribute to the improvement of the breed. This is often a difficult and time-consuming process, therefore, it is not surprising to find that a responsible breeder considers the puppies as his/her "kids" and wants only the best homes for them.
ABOVE ALL, dogs of reputable breeders are beloved family members first! Their canine "kids" live in the house with them, and are loved and respected just like the other family members. If this is not the case, JUST WALK AWAY!
Questions to ask any breeder
The first and most important question to ask is:
Why does the breeder breed? If for any other reason than to improve the health and temperament of the breed, then this is NOT A REPUTABLE BREEDER. You do not need to ask any more questions. Following a favorable response to that first question, here are some other crucial points to find out:
1. What is the breeder’s experience in raising and training this breed?
2. How many dogs/breeds of dogs has the breeder shown/finished?
3. Is the breeder involved with the breed club?
4. What activities does the breeder participate in?
5. What are the potential genetic problems with this breed?
6. Can the buyer return the puppy for any reason it doesn’t work out?
7. How old will the puppies be when placed in their new homes?
8. How do they evaluate the temperament of each puppy?
9. How do they match each buyer with each puppy? Can the buyer just pick any puppy? Or will the breeder interview the buyer and try to make the match?
10. What steps are being taken to properly socialize each individual puppy? Are they exposed to children, other dogs, cats, and a variety of other people?
11. Are pet buyers required to spay/neuter their puppy? At what age, and how is this enforced?
**Remember** The breeder should be asking you a lot of questions about you and your lifestyle.
This site was last updated 12/03/11