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Breeders and what to look for
How do you choose the correct person to supply your puppy? Great care is sometimes needed
PET SHOPS: Some Pet Shops sell puppies. These are a very bad way to purchase a puppy should be avoided at all costs. The puppies will probably have been bred on a puppy farm and will certainly have been bred by uncaring breeders. No one who cares about the dogs they breed would ever sell them via a Pet Shop. If you decide to buy from a Pet Shop you may very well have temperament and/or health problems. You won’t have any help or support. Remember, those puppies sold through Pet Shops have usually been bred on a puppy farm, if you buy one of these because you feel sorry for it, another one will be bred to take its place!!
CASUAL BREEDER: This is the person who has an occasional litter from their pet bitch and it would appear to be a good place to purchase your new pet. Their dogs will be clean and well cared for as they obviously love them. But beware, these people lack knowledge of their dogs ancestry and any hereditary problems that could be behind their breeding stock. They know very little about the breed and won’t be able to offer help to a first time Basset Hound puppy owner. Their motivation for breeding a litter is usually money. If you decide to buy a puppy here - you take your chance - it may be a nice puppy, it may be a problem puppy and, if it IS a problem puppy you won’t get any help!
RESPONSIBLE BREEDER: Is more often than not a person, who shows their dogs, who is trying to breed the best puppies they possibly can. Not just puppies that look good but puppies that are sound, healthy and have good temperaments. They obviously love their dogs but they also love the breed. They have spent a considerable amount of time learning about their dogs, their dogs ancestry, the breed and dogs in general. They will be a member of one or more of the breed clubs. If you buy from a responsible breeder you will have the very best chance of buying a healthy carefully bred and reared puppy that will be a joy to own.
We hear you say "Ah.....but we don't want a show dog, we just want a pet". That is something the Responsible Breeder is happy to provide, all of their puppies are given the very best of everything whether it has show potential or not.............
HOW TO SPOT A PUPPY FARM PUPPY.
1: Remember, no one is going to tell you that this puppy was bred on a puppy farm - its up to you to find out.
2: Always ask if the person selling you the puppy bred it and if the mother of the puppies is registered in their name. Always see the puppies with their mother except in exceptional circumstances
3: If you can see puppies of more than 2 or 3 breeds you may be in a puppy farm.
4: If the puppy is in a pet shop, it has come from a puppy farm.
HOW TO SPOT A CASUAL BREEDER
It can be hard to differentiate between a casual breeder and a responsible breeder. The responsible breeder will have spent many hours and much effort learning about the breed. The casual breeder will lack in-depth knowledge. Ask as many questions as you can, find out why they are breeding, what their goals are and how much they support they will give you. Ask if they are a member of a breed club and if they are actively involved in any canine activities such as showing. Don’t be afraid to ask.
Beware of being asked to take a pet bitch on breeding terms. It usually ends in tears. Resposible breeders will usually want to ensure that only the best are bred from and pet puppies often have their Kennel Club registration documents endorsed “progeny not to be registered” & “not for export”
HOW TO SPOT A REPUTABLE BREEDER
Don’t be afraid to ask questions, a reputable breeder will be glad you care and happy to answer your questions.
1: Did the person selling you the puppy breed it themselves? Only buy from a breeder and make sure you see the mother
2: Is the breeder a member of a breed club? In the UK the breed clubs are all listed on the right hand side of every page of this website.
3: Is the breeder actively involved in any canine activities such as exhibiting at or organising or judging dogs’ shows etc. Reputable breeders are usually actively involved with dogs.
4: Is the breeder prepared to take the puppy/dog back if at any time you are unable to keep it. Reputable breeders care about the puppies they produce and will always want to ensure the wellbeing of any dogs that they have bred.
5: A reputable breeder won’t part with a puppy under 8 weeks minimum, possibly older. If you are offered a puppy younger than 8 weeks look for another breeder.
6: Does the breeder give you detailed care instructions for your new puppy. You should have a diet sheet, and details of when your puppy was last wormed as the bare minimum. Ideally you should receive printed/written instructions on feeding, grooming, worming, day to day care, house training and exercise. The breeder should also encourage you to keep in touch and ask for help.
7: Does the breeder ask you a lot of questions. Reputable breeders want to find homes for their puppies and they will want to be sure you will look after their carefully reared puppy.
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