What to Know About Dog Breeders

What to Know About Dog Breeders
Buyer beware: Take this checklist with you if you will be looking to acquire your dog from a breeder.

If you’re looking to bring a new furry addition into the family, you may be considering different options. At Fetch! Pet Care, we recommend your first stop be to your local pet shelter, where many loveable pets are eagerly awaiting a new home! If you are looking for a particular breed and are not in a hurry, let the shelter know and they can usually help you find the perfect pet. Another option is researching one of the many breed-specific rescue organizations to find the right pet for you.

However, if you have your mind set on utilizing a breeder, we’ve put together a list of 8 qualities to help identify a great, reputable breeder.

1. A good breeder will offer you references, with names and contact information of clients who can vouch for the breeder’s quality and reputation.

2. Does the breeder allow you to take your time? A good breeder will show you around their home or facility, answer all of your questions and not rush you into making a decision.

3. You should never see the breeder’s dogs overcrowded or in unkempt conditions.

4. The breeder should be able to explain to you in detail the potential genetic and developmental problems inherent to the breed.

5. Good breeders often offer guidance or training for after you take your puppy home. If the breeder does not have any training recommendations or resources, then you may not be dealing with a professional.

6. The breeder should specialize in only one breed of dog. This means that they are experts in a specific breed and know exactly what they are doing and how to educate you on the breed.

7. It’s a good sign when breeders ask potential parents a series of questions — they want to be sure you are ready for the responsibility and are familiar with the personality and potential health risks associated with the breed. Often times, they will want to inspect your home before making an agreement.

8. A good breeder should have a solid relationship with a veterinarian.  Most breeders work exclusively with one veterinarian and should be open to sharing their contact information with you.

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