You can find responsible breeders by asking for referrals from your veterinarian or trusted friends, by contacting local breed clubs or visiting professional dog shows.
How to find the right breeder for your dog?
- A breeder with a reputation for taking care of their dogs is a great place to start. Ask friends, family, breed clubs, training clubs or your local vet to see if they have any recommendations. If the breeder is claiming that their puppies are registered with The Kennel Club, be sure to check that this is correct.
- 1 How do you know if a breeder is reputable?
- 2 How can you tell a dodgy dog breeder?
- 3 How do you find a good breeder?
- 4 What paperwork should I get when buying a puppy?
- 5 How do you tell if a breeder is a puppy mill?
- 6 How can you tell if someone is a backyard breeder?
- 7 What is a reputable breeder?
- 8 What is irresponsible dog breeding?
- 9 What dog breed is right for my family?
- 10 Should puppies be vet checked before buying?
- 11 Do reputable breeders ship puppies?
- 12 Should you buy a dog without papers?
- 13 What do you get from a breeder when picking up a puppy?
- 14 What certifications should a dog breeder have?
How do you know if a breeder is reputable?
Most reliable breeders earn their reputation by providing healthy pups to good homes resulting in “word of mouth” references. Meet breeders at local dog shows or look online for local breed clubs and review the AKC Breeder Referral page on their website www.akc.org.
How can you tell a dodgy dog breeder?
Here are some of the warning signs to be aware of when going to buy a puppy from a breeder.
- Not letting you see the parents.
- Regularly advertising litters online.
- Poor living conditions.
- Puppies and parents in bad health.
- Puppies leaving the mother too early before 8 weeks.
- Selling puppies in large numbers.
How do you find a good breeder?
10 Signs of a Good Breeder
- You’ll meet the breeder in person.
- The breeder will have lots of questions for you.
- You’ll meet the father and mother.
- You’ll see the facilities.
- There won’t be lots of different breeds available.
- You may have to wait for a puppy.
What paperwork should I get when buying a puppy?
Paperwork and health Ask for proof of any vet checks, vaccinations (where applicable), microchipping, and/or pedigree papers. Be aware that the puppy should be at least eight weeks old at the point when it goes home with you. A responsible breeder would never send you home with a puppy younger than that.
How do you tell if a breeder is a puppy mill?
If local, the seller/breeder refuses to show potential customers the place where animals are being bred and kept. The seller/breeder doesn’t ask lots of questions. If you can click and pay for a puppy without screening, it’s probably a puppy mill. The seller/breeder makes no commitment to you or the puppy.
How can you tell if someone is a backyard breeder?
The 10 Most Telltale Signs of a Backyard Breeder
- They sell on Craigslist, eBay, or pet stores.
- They offer minimal medical security.
- They don’t have proof of genetic testing.
- They don’t offer lifetime return policies.
- There are no veterinary records for the puppies.
- They sell puppies before they are 8 weeks old.
What is a reputable breeder?
Reputable breeders, sometimes dubbed “ hobby breeders,” do not breed puppies for a profit. They do it for the betterment of the breed, for the love of dogs, and… well… for the fun of it. Responsible breeders tend to charge more than backyard breeders, who price low to sell the puppies quickly.
What is irresponsible dog breeding?
Irresponsible: Reliance on inbreeding and over use of favored sires to fix desirable traits have also concentrated life threatening or debilitating conditions in particular breeds (Derr, 2013).
What dog breed is right for my family?
A: You should consult your veterinarian and then look on the AKC web site. Look at each breed you’re interested in and determine the exercise requirements, the grooming requirements, the temperament, and the trainability of each breed.
Should puppies be vet checked before buying?
A vet should have checked the puppies within their first few weeks to identify any health issues. Puppies should be being weighed regularly to ensure they are putting on weight at the expected rate.
Do reputable breeders ship puppies?
Professional dog breeders do not ship dogs and many will not allow young puppies to fly. Responsible breeders want you to drive the puppy home.
Should you buy a dog without papers?
Many purebred puppies are offered for sale without registration papers, or with registration papers but no pedigree. These sellers will tell you that you don’t need papers/pedigree if you just want a pet. Papers and pedigrees, they might say, are only necessary if you want to show or breed your dog. This is false.
What do you get from a breeder when picking up a puppy?
To begin with, bring these items with you when you go to pick up your puppy to make his or her homecoming a smooth one.
- Collar (preferably a soft one)
- Crate / carrier.
- Soft training treats to reward good behavior during pick up and transport.
What certifications should a dog breeder have?
Depending on the breed, you should expect ethical breeders to have certificates from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. OFA will provide certifications for breeding dogs that pass specifications, and will also give medical examinations to determine if a dog has a genetic or crippling disease.