What is a Reputable Breeder?
A few guidelines
for choosing a reputable breeder.
A reputable breeder:
Companionship, affection, interaction & attention
Nutritious quality dog food & fresh clean water
Proper vet care
Belongs to a
national (and/or local) breed club.
Abides by their
breed club's Code of Ethics.
breeding stock for any congenital diseases, conditions (ie: hip
dysplasia, Von Willebrand's Disease, retinal dyslasia, etc.), and
strives to eliminate genetic problems by breeding only sound dogs
(shown to be free of any serious physical conditions and/or
temperament problems) .
breeds dogs that have excellent temperaments.
knowledgeable about their breed.
to better their breed.
their puppies' Sires and Dams (& their Puppies) appropriate for
location and age of pups/dogs.
owners thoroughly, and does not sell to those who are
Educates potential owners, and discloses any pertinent information
about their breed.
Has a spay &
neuter contract or alters dogs prior to sale
new puppy owners guidance and support (for the puppy's entire
puppies to puppy brokers, pet shops or puppy outlets of any kind
(including so-called "Kennel Clubs"). Period.**
trials and/or titles their dogs.
participates in breed rescue work whenever possible.
Never breeds out
of greed (and never over-breeds).
Will take back a
puppy or dog at any time.
Canadian Kennel Club: The Golden Rules:
Finding a Reputable Breeder
reputable breeder wants to know as much about you, your household,
your schedule and your ability to properly care for a puppy
(throughout its entire lifetime), this may include an application,
reference and home check, as you want to know about the
Many pet stores and puppy outlets tell prospective puppy buyers
that their puppies come from reputable breeders, even though the
large majority of these places actually get their puppies from puppy
mills, brokers and second-rate commercial breeding facilities.
bottom line is:
NO reputable breeder
will ever sell their puppies to a pet store, puppy outlet or through