A reputable breeder has a careful screening process to match potential buyers with puppies. A breeder that operates responsibly will ask many questions of you and allow you to do the same. Often not fully appreciated until after the sale, the screening process of a reputable breeder is one of the most important steps to becoming a pet parent.
Screening and Matching
The breeder will show you the pedigree of the pup and offer an explanation of the bloodlines used and the qualities hoped sought. They will discuss not only the positive traits of the breed, but also the disadvantages. No dog breed is perfect. The qualities that make a breed right for one person may not be what another person wants or needs in a dog. A good breeder can determine what animal is best for each potential buyer and whether the breed they sell is even a viable choice for that person. If you locate a breeder that does not discuss the disadvantages of the breed, continue your search for a reputable breeder.
Since the breeder is working towards improving the bloodline of the breed, they will more than likely keep in touch with you in the future. They will help you with training or grooming issues and monitor your dog’s health. If the dog becomes a biter or is excessively shy, the breeder will want to know. If the dog develops arthritis or has problems with their coat, the breeder will want to know. Keeping track of the puppies’ progress is one of the ways in which they monitor their breeding program. Additionally, you should expect a call from the breeder if any other puppies from the litter develop unexpected changes in temperament or health. A responsible breeder will be your greatest resource for information, advice, and help. They consider each litter they produce to be their responsibility for life, and will gladly assist in any way, usually without expecting compensation.
Before you make a decision on which breeder to use, consider asking these questions:
- How long have you been a breeder, and how long have you bred this specific dog?
- Where do you keep the puppies as they grow?
- Is there a pedigree and what are the known inherited defects of the breed?
- Have health screenings been done on the parents?
- Is there a guarantee and a contract of sale?
When choosing a breeder, you should have a good feeling about it. Don't hesitate to ask for references and be sure to follow them up. When visiting a prospective breeder, be attentive to how they act around the dogs, and as well, how the dogs interact with them. Remember, a reputable breeder is pleased to continue contact after you take your new furry addition home, and will be genuinely interested in how your puppy is doing once under your care.