Trust Only a Reputable Breeder
Have you ever thought about what it means?
At Whispering Pines Farm Miniature Dachshunds in Corryton, Tennessee, we did some research on what traits make up a reputable breeder. We have compiled this research into a list below. We are happy to say that we hit most of these bullet points and made adjustments to our program to include the ones we didn't.
Of course, some of these "shoulds" are suggestions, but we want to be the best we can be and protect the puppies we bring into the world as much as possible. Because we care so much, we require our Puppy Application be completed by all families wanting to adopt a puppy from us.
In addition, we require our puppy contract with spay/neuter agreement be signed before taking a puppy home. We are available to you throughout your dogs life for questions or concerns. If for any reason you cannot continue to care for your pet at any point in their life, we will be happy to accept them back here to their original home.
We call this our cradle to grave guarantee.
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.
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 and have dog areas such as kennel or puppy nursery viewing 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, any 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?
PLEASE be very careful where you get your puppy from. PLEASE don't purchase your puppy from a pet store. Usually, those puppies come from puppy mills and are way over priced and very unhealthy.
PLEASE be very cautious about scammers. If anyone asks you to send visa gift cards or western union money to them for a deposit, Don't Do It!! I have heard so many horror stories of people getting scammed. Check out who you are getting a puppy from thoroughly. Trust your gut! If something sounds too good to be true, it normally is! I seriously doubt you can find a beautiful healthy dapple for $500.
Remember, choosing to get a "cheap puppy" may save you money in the beginning, but you may end up paying more than you bargained for in an unsocialized, unhealthy puppy, which can lead to high vet bills and a lot of headaches in the future. By doing so you may be "rescuing" a puppy but in actuality, you are supporting puppy mills or bad breeders.
Getting a dog is at least a 15-year commitment. Start out right by selecting a reputable breeder who stands by their puppies and will be there for you for the lifetime of your dog.