|How to find a Responsible Breeder
|A responsible breeder is one that will answer all your questions and will have nothing to
hide. One that will be responsible for all the puppies they produce for their entire life,
including the ones they are not able to place and take back any puppies that don't work
out. One that allows their brood bitches sufficient enough time for recovery from one
breeding before doing another. They breed dogs because of their admiration for the
breed and want to contribute to the betterment of that breed. They guarantee their
puppies to be free of genetic diseases common to that breed and replace any puppies
should these diseases arise.
A responsible breeder will evaluate their puppies as to their attributes and weaknesses
and their suitability for a show/breeding prospect or simply a family pet or companion.
This does not mean that the "Pet Quality" puppies are deficient, it merely means that this
particular puppy may or may not possess the necessary qualities to be considered a
"Show/Breeding Quality" puppy.
A responsible breeder will always certify their dogs of being free of inherent genetic
disorders prior to being bred and will make every effort to make sure to minimize the
inherent genetic disorders that their puppies may potentially have.
Show breeders breed for correct type in accordance to the breed standard, for size,
proportion, angulations, reach and drive of gait, head type and other traits important in
maintaining the breed standard.
Working and sporting dog breeders concentrate their breeding programs toward proper
working drives. They breed in an effort to retain strong instincts to perform the duties
their dogs were originally designed to do. Their dogs should be predisposed to perform
their line of work, be it protection, herding, tracking, etc. These dogs may not necessarily
be the beauty queens of the show ring, but they will possess the correct type and
temperament for their breed. The health of these dogs are just as important to the
working kennel as they are for the show kennel.
LOCATING A RESPONSIBLE BREEDER
Your area all-breed kennel clubs are a good place to start. Another good venue is to just
go to a show and introduce yourself to the people showing your chosen breed. With the
advent of the Internet a whole world of information is open to you. Go online and
research the breed clubs. Most of them will have links to breed clubs in your local area.
One warning here: As a newcomer, it is easy to be fooled by flashy websites. Don't be a
fool, read between the lines. What is their site really telling you and what are they not
telling you. You may have to wade through a lot of B.S. before you find a website that is
truly worthy of your time.
Using the classified advertisements to find a good breeder is a gamble. Few responsible
breeders put ads in the paper to sell their pups because they usually don't have any
problem finding homes for their puppies. Most well know breeders have their litters
spoken for, years in advanced and have a waiting list.
The first interview with the breeder should be the most informative conversation you
have with the breeder and should be done before you even see the puppies. It is hard to
walk away when a little rottie puppy is nipping at your ankles. Ask to see the sire (if
available) and the dam of the litter. If either appear to be overly protective or fearful, you
don't want one of the puppies. The parents temperament will be directly reflected in
each of the puppies. For questions to as a breeder click this link.
You should expect a responsible breeder to ask questions of you as well. A good and
responsible breeder is going to want to know what kind of homes their puppies will be
placed in as well as that each puppy is living up to it's full potential Most breeder/puppy
buyer relationship last a lifetime and it is because of the diligence of these breeders that
this is possible.
Some questions that you can expect from a responsible breeder are as follows:
|This is only a sample of some of the questions you may encounter in your search for that
special puppy. Do not be offended and answer every question with a positive attitude. A
responsible breeder will only be looking out for the best interest of their puppies. One
thing to remember, the breeders that have been in the biz for a long time will have a
sixth since about people and will be scrutinizing everything you say and do.
One last note: Never be afraid to talk to people, Some of your best leads will come from
your veterinarian, your groomer, pet supplier stores, and most importantly other
breeders. Those breeders, in the know, will know who is ethical and who isn't. Dog
people keep well informed and are probably the best people to ask.