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Why Buy a Purebred Dog?
I Spay or neuter my dog?
Puppy Buyer Etiquette
Why buy from a
1. THEY SPECIALIZE IN THEIR CHOSEN
They know the
Standard, the characteristics and temperament of that breed. Their knowledge and experience is an important
asset to you.
2. THEY KNOW
They handle and care
for them every day and can tell you about them.
3. THEY CAN HELP
YOU "AFTER THE SALE"
The breeder can help
you with problems in training and care of your puppy. They can be your advisor and can direct you to other
important breed-specific resources.
4. IF PROBLEMS
DEVELOP, YOU CAN GIVE THEM A CALL FOR ADVICE
They can give you
written instructions on feeding and other helpful information for the early training and care of your new
puppy. This help is available not just on the first day you take your new puppy home but also throughout the
5. THE BREEDER
CAN HELP YOU REGISTER YOUR ELIGIBLE PUPPY WITH THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB.
When you buy a puppy
with registration paperwork from the American Kennel Club, you can register that puppy with the AKC. You may
have bought a puppy with "limited registration" paperwork or with "full registration" paperwork. In either
case, your breeder can explain the importance of paperwork, how to register with the AKC, and what the
paperwork means for you.
6. YOUR PUPPY
WILL BE SOCIALIZED.
raise only a limited number of puppies. They will give them special handling that is needed during that
critical stage in their development to help the puppies adapt and adjust to living with humans. A socialized
puppy makes a happy, tractable, obedient dog, one you are proud to own.
dedicated breeders give the time and work necessary to "socialize” their puppies. In most cases, dogs
socialized in this way are superior for obedience training, field work, as well as a family
Questions to ask your breeder:
What health tests have been done on BOTH parents of the
What temperament testing and socialization
has been done?
What does the breeder feel are the strengths
and weaknesses in the breed and the breeder's program?
What goals does the breeder have with the
breeding program and how does the breeder go about to achieve this?
Can you see the pedigrees of both sire and
dam? Can you see at least the dam?
What type of contract does the breeder have
for pet or show puppies (it should include a spay/neuter agreement and health guarantee)
What inoculations have been given?
Can you have your own vet examine the
Can you get references of previous puppy
Are you active in any breed clubs (all breed
or ideally breed specialty)?
What does the breeder feed the
What is the price of the puppies?
The Breeder should also ask you questions ...
They may get the information while they talk to you about their Breed.
Dog Pedigrees, Reputable Breeding & Registration
Questions your breeder will ask you