You’ve made the big decision to get a brand new puppy from a breeder. Congratulations! Wow. What an amazing step! And a big one. As you know, it takes a lot of responsibility, but with the right resources it’s easy to pick the right care for your pup. There are a lot of options out there, each with their benefits when approached right. And just like the long-term care of your dog, the choice of breeder needs to be responsible. Here are three steps to remember when choosing a healthy breeder, and avoiding puppy mills:
First thing first, check if your chosen breeder is registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC). The AKC is one of the best resources for finding a true and devoted pedigree breeder. Why? Because the Club insures standards and registrations for purebred breeding. The registration process with AKC is rigorous, insisting that breeders have both the dame and sire, and the litter registered with them before an individual dog can be. The detail-oriented rules and regulations hold breeders responsible for keeping tidy archives that can later be referenced.
But what happens if your chosen breeder isn’t registered? That’s cool! They could be registered with other organizations, perhaps a local one that specifies in the purina. Get in contact and ask them for references, licensing, and the nature of their operation. How often do they have puppies available? Do they encourage you to some visit before purchasing the puppy? What possible health issues could you expect in the future? Your breeder should have a waiting list for interested buyers instead of constantly offering litters. They should know what to expect, and be able to give you plenty of health information for the breed and the parents. And, they should always offer you time to see the puppies, meet the dame, and socialize before handing over a pup.
Once you’re happy with the breeder’s support and references, check out the application process. Mentioned before, they shouldn’t just hand over the puppies. In fact, the breeder should be very careful where they place them. Just like you asked the breeder for references, you should provide proof that your home is safe.
A responsible breeder will also ensure the dog’s future, and provide a contract for the dog’s return if you find yourself unable to care for it. If these things aren’t happening, you should consider looking elsewhere.
OK, a lot of breeders will offer to fly your new family member to you for an extra fee. Airlines work hard to create a smooth and easy flight for pets, but the Humane Society recommends finding alternative traveling for pets. Stanley Coren, Ph. D., FRSC. from the University of British Columbia says that the chances your dog will be hurt in airplane transit “…is approximately 0.009 percent.” Those odds are pretty good, though you may want to make sure that’s what you want for your puppy. Bulldogs, pugs, and other breeds are especially at risk during flight, because their shorter snouts may have problems adjusting.
Consider finding a breeder within driving distance! After all, you’ll want to be able to visit the location ahead of time. The breeder will want you to be close, as well. Yes, they will offer shipment, but by choosing a litter closer to home you can better insure the first two points. But if you find yourself needing shipment, a closer locale can be favorable too. Pet driving services can bring your baby home: A safer alternative to air traffic!
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