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If you want a dog, you should think about adopting a pup from a rescue group or a shelter before you buy one. But if you are adamant about getting a purebred pup, you need to make sure that the breeder knows what he/she is doing. Unlike some unscrupulous breeders, the good ones breed healthy dogs with a good temperament.Signs of an experienced breeder
Here is a handy check list of the things you need to look for in a good breeder:
- The dog lives inside – If you want a family dog, you need to make sure that he is being raised inside the house with the rest of the family, and not in the basement, backyard or garage.
- The puppy or the dog is relaxed – If the puppies and parent dogs are comfortable around human beings, it is a sign that they have been properly looked after and are well socialized.
- The place must be clean – You do not have to inspect the breeder’s sink to see if he has any dirty dishes. Just make sure that the living area is sanitary and safe. The dog must be supplied with beds, fresh water and toys. Also, check to see if the living quarters of the puppies have a separate toilet area. If it has, then you have a good head start with the house-training.
- The breeder regularly participates in competitions or dog shows – Reputable breeders are enthusiastic about the breed and don’t just think about the amount of money they make.
- The breeder asks you to sign a neuter/spay contract – If you are planning to buy a dog who isn’t going to be bred, the breeder will ask you to sign a contract that says you should neuter or spay your pup to avoid pet overpopulation.
- The breeder does not specialize in colors or sizes that are unusual for the given breed – One thing you need to keep in mind is that extremely big dogs and extremely small dogs tend to suffer from a lot of health problems. If the breeder is trying to breed for extreme sizes or rare colors, then it is a sign that he is interested in the sales gimmick more than producing a great puppy.
- The breeder asks a lot of questions – This is a clear indication that he/she cares about the kind of home the puppy is going to go to. They might ask you about your history with dogs, the number of people who are going to stay at home during the day and why you are interested in that particular breed. Do not get defensive. It is a sign that they are doing their job right.