Choosing a Breeder
Do take care to choose the breeder carefully. There are far too many people who think that breeding puppies is no more than an income stream, and are indifferent to who buys them as long as they have the cash. The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme doesn’t guarantee that the breeder is responsible, but it does filter out some of the worst. However, there will still be poor breeders who are members of the Scheme so it is important to use your judgement.
Choosing a breeder with a registered affix is part of your protection. Their affix is attached to your puppy’s pedigree name and the affix is part of their reputation. Risking damaging that reputation is something no breeder will do.
Be very cautious about contacting a breeder who advertises on free sites. Ask yourself how much value they place on their puppies if they aren’t prepared to invest a small amount in advertising responsibly. Free websites are full of puppy farmers and dealers, people who only want your money so take great care.
Enormously profitable, sharing many of the same inherited defects as their parents. The myth of the healthy designer dog is just that. Many are advertised as being hypo allergenic.
Some breeds are prone to genetic defects and there is screening in place for breeding stock. Any breeder who is concerned for the well-being of her puppies will have certificates to show that screening has been done. Always check with a breeder you have approached what inherited problems the breed is subject to and what screening they have done.
Anyone who claims that their line is clear of any particular defect without having evidence of clear screening should be avoided. No-one can tell by appearance alone whether or not their dog has an inherited defect. A breeder who has the best interests of their dogs and the puppies they produce at heart will want to know exactly what the status of their dogs is.
Prepare to be Questioned
A caring breeder will be very choosy about where her puppies go so be prepared for questions about your home, the amount of time you will be out during the day and other questions you may think intrusive. Just bear in mind it’s only because she cares and is likely to give you a lifetime of support if you buy one of her puppies.
Most breeders will not be happy to sell a puppy to anyone who is out for the greater part of the day. It won’t be successful for the puppy to be left at home alone for hours on end; good breeders will always prioritise the well-being and future of their puppy over any possible sale.