Finding a Reputable Breeder
Looking online is an obvious and tempting place to start looking for breeders, but unless they have been personally recommended or are affiliated with recognized kennel club’s then you could potentially waste time looking at unscrupulous. Instead, consider asking your local vet, visit a dog show or look online at The American Kennel Club who offer breeder referrals. Of course there is no substitute for reliable personal recommendations either so if you know someone with a fantastic puppy, ask them which breeder they used.
- Reputable breeders will likely ask you to sign a spay/neuter contract for your pet which promises that you will take the necessary steps to avoid breeding and subsequent addition to the huge overpopulation of dogs.
- The environment is clean, has a neutral odour and the animals are supplied with fresh water, beds and toys.
- Enthusiastic breeders often participate in dog shows and competitions alongside breeding.
- A reputable breeder will provide you with as much ongoing support as you need either by email, phone or occasionally in person. If for any reason you are unable to continue to care for the dog, a responsible breeder should always offer to take them back to ensure that they are well cared for until they can be re-homed.
- The breeder is honest about any drawbacks of the breed you are interested in. For example if the breed is particularly noisy, or prone to specific health problems.
- The breeder asks you lots of questions. For a reputable and responsible breeder the interview goes both ways. They have the pup’s best interests at heart and want to ensure that they go to loving homes that are prepared for the commitment they require. It has been known for breeders to refuse to sell pups to people that they feel cannot provide a suitable home for their animals.