How To Spot A Good Breeder
Finding a good breeder is sometimes hard but very important in your search for a new puppy or dog. I have put together a list to help you with your search. If your breeder doesn't fit the bill RUN!
1. A good breeder knows about what they are breeding. This means they know their lines, they can usually answer any question concerning the standard, the dogs linage, health problems related to that specific breed, behavioral issues, and the difference in lines.
2. A good breeder has a clean well put together facility, with clean kennels, fresh food and water, and clean dogs.
3. A good breeder is dedicated to that breed of dog or maybe one other breed. A breeder can not fully understand the needs of more than two breeds of dogs, every breed of dog is different they require different exercise, nutritional, and emotional needs. If a breeder breeds more than 3 breeds of dogs more than likely they are a puppy mill and only breed for money.
4. A good breeder does not breed for money, or so their kids can have the enjoyment of having puppies around, 90% of purebred dogs end up in a shelter before they are 2 yrs old. A good breeder breeds for health, sound mind and nerves, a realize the cost associated with breeding and the problems that can arise. (C SECTIONS, Puppies lodged in birth canal, hemorrhaging, and death of dam and pups) Breeding is not "EASY"! Many times its dangerous and expensive.
5. Good breeders have DNA AND OFA Certified stock. They take very good care of their dogs, and want to make sure you are getting the real deal.
6. Breeders have AKC Registered dogs or The equivalent to the American Kennel Club. And papers ready when pup is picked up.
7. Breeding is expensive before our dogs are bred a complete blood test is administered to make sure our dogs are healthy enough to be bred, then a brucellosis test is done, and a progesterone test to see where our dogs are at in their heat cycle. at 30 days after the breeding we do a blood test to confirm the pregnancy, and at 45 days we do an ultrasound to see how many babies we have. around 58 days we usually do another ultrasound to make sure all the babies are okay and that they will be born with no complications all though they can arise. WE ALWAYS HAVE A VET ON STAND BY!!!! So you see breeding is ALOT of money if done correctly.
8. All puppies SHOULD come with at least a set of shots and a valid health cert. HERE we do 2 sets of shots a health cert and worming from 2 weeks old and on.
9. All pups should come with a contract and written health guarantee. and in that contract it should state that the breeder has first right of refusal. A breeder who truly cares for their dogs and puppies only want the best for them and that means that if the new owner should need to place the dog it comes back to the kennel it was born at. You can't take any chances today with the people out there.
10. Our pups are sold on Limited registrations unless we feel they are worthy of being bred. A good breeder knows the reality of unwanted animals in today's society and recommends spaying and neutering to prevent unwanted pregnancies and euthanasia of unwanted puppies. Also the heartaches that come along with a wandering male who gets out of the yard ran over, shot, or even taken to a shelter, or a female who gets milk fever and dies or a puppy lodged in the birth canal, or her puppies who end up in a shelter and they get euthanized because there are not enough homes, or your female gets mammary cancer and dies or pyrometra and suffers from a painful infection.
These are the realities of breeding and all breeders should follow a code of ethics. Please spay and neuter your pets unless you can deal with the financial, emotional, a time consuming needs of breeding