Types of Breeders
Sadly, there is more than one type of dog breeder. Those that breed in small cages and have numerous animals on the property can easily be a puppy mill breeder. This type of breeder has no educational background on the dogs they breed and is just looking to make some extra money. There are others that will have one or two litters a years through their family pets. These are known as backyard breeders. Although they have the best interest of the dogs at heart, a number of backyard breeders do not perform adequate health checks on the animals before breeding. If you are set on going with a breeder, research reputable breeders that are looking to enhance the line of the dog breed. They will provide families with either show or companion type dogs and be fully knowledgeable and recognized with the breed. Remember to ask for references before putting any deposit on a dog or puppy!
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Reputable Dog Breeders
Not sure if your breeder is reputable. Make sure to ask them the following questions before signing any contract or exchanging money:
1. Can you see one or more of the parents?
2. Will you be given a minimum 3 generation pedigree?
3. If advertised as “champion-lines�? are the champions within the first 3 generations?
4. If there a return policy if the puppy doesn’t work out?
5. Are you able to see the whole pedigree? (provided the litter isn’t over 8 weeks)
6. Does the breeder acknowledge there are hereditary diseases within the breed?
7. Does the breeder offer a guarantee against hereditary diseases?
8. Do the parents of this litter have their health clearances and can you see their certificates?
9. Are the puppies raised in a home environment?
10. Are the surroundings clean?
11. Are you able to take a “tour�? of the facilities?
12. Does the breeder provide you with a record of the inoculations, wormings, etc.?
13. Are you satisfied with the temperaments of the puppies and/or parents?
14. Is the breeder charging you extra for the registration papers?
15. Are you able to talk to the breeder and obtain all of the information you need?
16. Is the litter socialized and how?
17. Are the puppies microchipped prior to going home?
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