Anyone can put two dogs together and let them breed, and in turn call themselves a ‘breeder.’ However, being called a reputable breeder encompasses far more than that. You won’t find a reputable breeder trying to sell their puppies to local pet stores or advertising in classified ads. A good breeder doesn’t generally need these gimmicks. Instead, they rely on the quality of their dogs and word of mouth. Dog breeding is a practice that should be done with a sense of pride, a genuine love and concern for the animals, and a feeling of happy fulfillment for themselves, for their dogs, and for the puppies they place into loving homes.
So once you’ve decided that a pure bred dog is right for you, how do you go about the overwhelming task of choosing the perfect breeder? Well, there are several key things to look for.
Finding a pure-bred puppy from a reputable breeder:
Who is the breeder?
It is very important to find out who the breeder is. One way to find out is by checking references. If the breeder is unable to provide written references, you should move on. Snoop around a bit. Talk to other breeders, rescue groups, veterinarians, anyone who can give you some information about the person behind the puppy.
Will you receive in-depth health information?
A reputable breeder should provide you with a health check which tests the lineage for known and testable genetic disorders. The breeder should be familiar with the health line of several generations. As a result, he or she should provide you with a health guarantee for a certain time period.
Do they seem more concerned about the fit of the placement or size of the fee?
A reputable breeder should encourage you to select a puppy with the temperament and personality that is compatible with you and your family. Do not let the breeder convince you that “this one” is the one for you. A good breeder will only produce liters AFTER they have buyers.
Is the picture they paint rosy or realistic?
The breeder should be honest about the dogs’ characteristics. They should tell you both the good and the bad points concerning the breed and the specific puppy you’re considering. Different breeds of dogs have unique characteristics that are traditional in their breed, so it is important to educate yourself, which can also let you know if the breeder knows what they’re talking about when they speak to the specific breed.
Are there any restricted zones on site?
Check out the facilities. Make sure the breeder is keeping the dogs in a clean and healthy environment. Ask to see where the dogs are kept. If the breeder insists on only bringing the dogs to you, steer clear!
How active is the breeder in the breed community?
Most often you will find that a good breeder is involved in either showing, performance, local clubs or rescue effort. An active breeder is a good sign that he or she truly cares about the breed.
Choosing a good breeder should be more involved than jotting down a number you saw in a newspaper. Educate yourself as much as possible about the breed, and the breeder, you’re considering. Prior to meeting with a prospect, jot down questions, now the breed, and be patient. Choosing the right puppy is not something you should rush!
Remember, being a responsible dog owner starts right from the start. And, if a pure-bred dog isn’t particularly important, consider rescuing a puppy from the pound. Rescue dogs are a breed all their own.