Qualities of a Reputable Breeder 8/8/18
In an effort to improve myself I did some research on what traits make up a reputable breeder. I have compiled this research into a list below. I'm happy to say I hit most of these bullet points and made adjustments to my program to include the ones I didn't. Of course some of these "shoulds" are suggestions but I want to be the best I can be and protect the puppies I bring into the world as much as possible. That being said, I have decided to implement a puppy questionnaire / application to assist me in finding the best homes I can for my puppies. In addition I am going to begin requiring a spay / neuter contract with full registration rights going to approved breeders only. I have recently been approved to be a CKC Preferred Breeder. I am also in AKC's Bred with H.E.A.R.T. Program. I am currently taking an AKC Breeder class for certification. If you haven't caught on by now I take my breeding program and my dogs VERY seriously. These programs do cost money but I feel it is well worth it in the end.
Qualities of a Reputable Breeder:
Should be very knowledgeable and know all the standards of their breed.
Should ask you to fill out a puppy application / questionnaire
Should ask you several questions about yourself, your lifestyle, and your family situation
Should patiently answer all your questions even after you've taken the pet home.
Should ask you to sign a sales contract and spay / neuter agreement
Should have pictures / videos of their puppies, dog areas such as kennel or puppy nursery available
Should have good reviews from previous buyers or references
Should have purebred CKC and/or AKC registered adults as their breeding dogs
Should show you the puppy’s mother and father and let you interact with them
Should provide you with the puppy’s pedigree that will contain several generations of history
Should provide you with proper health records for the puppy
Should provide you with a puppy starter kit including breed information, transition kibble, care etc
Should encourage you to call them if your dog has a crisis at any stage of its life
Will always take a dog back if you can no longer care for it
Additionally, purchaser should observe the breeder premises. Notice if the house/kennel is clean and odor free. Dogs and puppies should be clean, well fed, lively and friendly. Look for signs of malnutrition such as protruding rib cages or illness such as runny nose/eyes, coughing, lethargy and skin sores. You should pay attention to how the dogs and puppies interact with their breeder. Does the breeder appear to genuinely care for the puppies and their adult dogs?
Remember, choosing to purchase a puppy from a puppy mill or from places such as Craig’s List may save you money on the purchase price but you may end up paying more than you bargained for in an unsocialized, unhealthy puppy which can lead to high vet bills in the future. Getting a dog is at least a 15 year commitment. Start out right by selecting a reputable breeder.