Thursday, November 5, 2009

Choosing a Responsible Breeder

This is an exciting time when you get to bring a new puppy. It quickly becomes part of your family and you create a link with lots of cuddling, trips outside and walks in the park. If you buy from a breeder, you want to be sure you choose a responsible breeder from a breeder backyard (those that breed only for financial benefits).

When you shop for your new dog, there are things you need to expect your breeder and some things that the coach will expect from you. If you find a responsible breeder, which can be done through references, he or she may appear as a very curious person. It is fitting, considering that the farmer nosi, the better!

From a responsible breeder, you can expect to be asked things such as your work schedule, who lives in the house with you, that your bet is similar in construction and the kind of friends that you may be visit you at your home. Although these seem like personal questions, the breeder cares what kind of home their puppy may go to. A breeder who does not ask questions and just trying to sell will not be able to offer the same quality and breed of puppies that the responsible breeder will.

Another advantage to buying a puppy from a responsible breeder is that you tell the line that the puppy came. In other words, you will be aware of the father and the heritage of the mother, and be given the documents to prove it. This may be an important aspect of buying a puppy, as personalities, as well as health issues are usually hereditary, and it's nice to be certain that your puppy is of good stock. Most of the time a farmer yard or store pet simply will not provide such information. In addition, pet store puppies usually come from a puppy mill, a farm-related and are sold on a first come, first served. Are not asked of the buyer and pays no attention to the welfare of the puppy.

A responsible breeder will also expect the buyer to have questions and concerns of their own. A buyer should not be afraid to ask questions about this new life you will take in your home. Here are some things you should ask your breeder about as well as certain expectations that you should have:

  • Is there a signed certificate of veterinary health, plus a written health guarantee from the breeder, including one against birth defects?
  • Are ACVO eye exams and OFA or Penn Hip completed certificates in order to avoid future problems with the puppies?
  • Does the breeder have a written contract available for you to sign, stating the seller's rights and also rights of the breeder?
  • Are all the health information available and updated?
  • Can provide the breeder and AKC registration papers of the CAC on the puppy?
  • What is the lineage of the puppies? A responsible breeder should be able to tell you the line of generations back, and give you a pedigree dog.
Responsible breeders will be able to help you find the puppy that is good for you and will be happy to advise you on the awareness and maintenance of your new bundle of joy. Until you find a responsible breeder, one thing is sure you find the perfect puppy.


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