What is a Reputable Breeder?

A few guidelines for choosing a reputable breeder.    Buyer Beware!!

A reputable breeder:

  • Takes responsible care of all of his or her dogs (breeding stock & puppies), and  provides:

a)       Companionship, affection, interaction & attention

b)       Nutritious quality dog food & fresh clean water

c)       Immunization

d)       Proper vet care

e)       Parasite prevention/treatment

f)        Grooming

g)       Exercise

h)       Socialization 

  • Belongs to a national (and/or local) breed club.

  • Abides by their breed club's Code of Ethics.

  • Tests their 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) .

  •  Only breeds dogs that have excellent temperaments.

  •   Is very knowledgeable about their breed.

  •  Strives to better their breed.

  •  Immunizes their puppies' Sires and Dams (& their Puppies) appropriate for location and age of pups/dogs.

  • Screens potential owners thoroughly, and does not sell to those who are  unsuitable.*
    Educates potential owners, and discloses any pertinent information about  their breed.

  • Has a spay & neuter contract or alters dogs prior to sale

  •  Offers new puppy owners guidance and support (for the puppy's entire  lifetime).

  • NEVER sells puppies to puppy brokers, pet shops or puppy outlets of any kind  (including so-called "Kennel Clubs"). Period.**

  •  Shows, trials and/or titles their dogs.

  • Supports or 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

*A 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 breeder's puppies.

**Important Note: 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. 


The bottom line is:

NO reputable breeder will ever sell their puppies to a pet store, puppy outlet or through a Broker.


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