Primary Characteristics of a Reputable Breeder
Since owning a puppy requires a commitment of 10-12 years approx we strongly encourage buyers to resist their impulsive urges and instead exercise the same caution and diligence one would apply to buying a house or a car. Don't kid yourself into believing that buying a dog is not a major financial and emotional decision.
Endeavor to expand your knowledge on the specific breed that interests you, by checking out books at your local library or surfing other dog websites that provide breed information.
Seek a consensus opinion of breed characteristics and look for issues such as shedding, exercise, size, barking, grooming and temperament.
Now, after proceeding with caution and determination, you are on your way to becoming a "Responsible Dog Owner".
Unquestionably the most daunting task in the search for the perfect puppy is in finding a "Reputable Breeder."
Yes, we're sorry to report, not all puppy sellers breed their dogs for the right reasons.
And, please be advised, "Australian Canine Councils Registered" does not come with a guarantee of quality or health!
Your puppy search will not be complete unless you educate yourself on the subject of Puppy Mills.
Please take the time to read:
Get the Facts on Puppy Mills by the Humane Society of the Australia & US & UK.
Unfortunately, to our knowledge, there is no National Pet Organization that defines, registers, monitors or licenses "Reputable Dog Breeders."
Until the time comes when the AKC, or the National Breed Clubs give this issue more attention, we have to rely on the considerable body of available knowledge to define a "Reputable Breeder."
1.Many will ask you a number of important questions to the breeder, to help them decide if they are prepared to place you with a Puppy. Many will do reference checks.
2. Provides a written contract of sale with and written instructions on feeding, training, grooming and care.
3. Provides access to the mother (dam) who should be on site and exhibit a healthy, happy temperament .PLEASE NOTE: ANY PET PUPPIES WE MIGHT HAVEMUST GO ON A STRICT SPAY/NUTER CONTRACTTHERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE
4. Does not sell puppies until they are at least 9 weeks old or in some cases older.
5. Shows you where the puppies are kept. This area should be very clean.
6. Provides you with a record of the dates and types of vaccinations and de-worming done, feeding instructions, and depending on which state the puppy has been bred in it will also be possibly microchipped, & if this is the case they will also provide with the paperwork to transfer that microchipping info into your name and a to apply for registration of the puppy in your own name with the AKC if required.
7. Is able to prove he has performed pre-breeding health checks on the parentsThey will also give you a copy of a Current Eye Clearance from an accrediated Opthalamist.
8. Provides references of people who have purchased puppies in the past, the names of other breeders, and the veterinarian who provides care for the breeder's dogs.
9. They should be available for advice whenever needed, and help you over many rough spots.
10. Abides by code of ethics, typically by belonging to a breed club or association.
11. Is very knowledgeable about the breed he or she is selling.
12. Requires or encourages the neutering of all pet-quality dogs
13. Can discuss socialization of the puppies and can make recommendations for their continued socialization and training
14. Usually breeds no more than two breeds.
By being a Responsible Dog Owner and buying from a Reputable Dog Breeder, you will be getting a great start on a lifetime of unconditional puppy love.