How to Find and Work with a Reliable Breeder
The first and most crucial step in choosing a new best friend is locating a trustworthy breeder. In addition to helping you find the ideal canine companion, a reputable breeder is a reliable resource throughout the rest of your dog’s life. Consider the breeder as your own dog expert, there to help you every step of the way, from finding the appropriate dog for you to its lifetime of care. Before committing to a breeder, it is crucial to perform research, as with any other significant choice. We’ve included some pointers to help you locate and collaborate with a trustworthy breeder.
Confront the Breeder. An in-person meeting, whether in a kennel or the breeder’s house, is ideal for establishing rapport with a breeder. Learn from the dogs and the breeder’s actions: Is there evidence of recent cleaning? Odor-free? Are you able to tell if the breeder loves dogs? Whether or if the dogs have enough food to eat. What is the temperament of the dogs like around the breeder and other people? Dogs and pups shouldn’t be afraid of the breeder or other people they don’t know.
Make inquiries. Having a reliable partner in your dog’s lifelong care is a major perk of dealing with a reputable breeder. You can never ask too many questions, and there are no foolish questions, so come prepared with a list of questions about the breed and the puppy when you visit with a breeder for the first time. Watch his or her response. Is he or she kind and willing to answer your questions? Is it easy to understand what he or she is talking about? Do you think you and I get along well? Breeders that care about finding good homes for their dogs are willing to share what they’ve learned with prospective pet owners.
Learn more about the breed by observing the puppy’s parents. You can tell a lot about your dog’s future personality and behavior just by looking at his parents. This can help you get a feel for your dog’s personality, size, and physical characteristics. Learn as much as you can about your health background. Those that breed animals for a living shouldn’t hesitate to provide documentation of their animals’ health checks. In addition, they will inform you of any breed-specific health issues to keep an eye out for.
Meeting a breeder and taking a puppy home on the same day is unrealistic. The first three months of a puppy’s life are spent at the breeder’s kennel, where it bonds with its mother and litter mates while developing physically and socially. This adjustment period is critical, as it will give you time to puppy-proof your home and gather the required items before you bring your new companion home.
Once you’ve found a reputable breeder, the next step is to verify the puppy’s lineage using official paperwork. Don’t leave the premises without the proper paperwork of your puppy’s lineage, often known as “papers,” if your initial meeting with a breeder goes well and you decide to continue forward with the purchase. The words “American Kennel Club” as well as the AKC logo should be clearly visible. Be aware of a breeder that hesitates to provide you papers, or wants to charge you more for AKC papers, or promises you he/she will mail them to you at a later date.