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Choosing A Dog Breeder

Choosing a dog breeder
Written by Hayley

Choosing to go get a new puppy for the household is such an amazing time for yourself and the other family members. But making sure you are correctly choosing a dog breeder from the get go, is highly important.

It's not just about choosing the right breed, but also about choosing the best breeder.

We have compiled a selection of our most important things to think about, so you can feel more informed before finalising the sale and bringing your new pooch home.

Choosing a breeder

Note that while a puppy may look spotlessly clean, with no rough coats or related symptoms of I'll health, there can be underlying health conditions which may end up costing you more in treatment.


Be sure to ask your dog breeder about the puppies health, and overall health records.


Also, ensure that you subject them to health checks to confirm that there are no underlying ill-health conditions.

The puppies' housing, and their physical appearance

Puppy Housing at Pet Breeders

A good dog breeder knows that the cleanliness of the puppies' coat and kennels is the outward representation of their overall health, and quality.


Therefore it's prudent that you confirm that your preferred breeder took good care of the puppies.


The puppies should have clean, clear coats, should be active, and most importantly, their premises should be cleaned with no mess, and traces of hairs, and leftover food.

Price

Puppy Prices

It's important to note that dog breeds vary greatly in prices. The rarest breeds will command higher prices, of course.


This does not mean that other regular breeds should be cheap. The pet care and nutrition expenses, too, are likely to make the puppies more costly.

On that note, be wary of dog breeders who price their dogs too low. The pedigree may be very poor. Besides, the dogs may have been poorly maintained.


A good breeder will charge you the reasonable market price for the right breed. Because of this, you may also need to do little research on the market prices for specific dog breeds.

The puppies health

Puppy Health

Note that while a puppy may look spotlessly clean, with no rough coats and related symptoms of I'll health, there can be underlying health conditions which may end up costing you more in treatment.


Be sure to ask your dog breeder about the puppies health, and overall health records.


Also, ensure that you subject them to health checks to confirm that there are no underlying ill-health conditions.

The parents

Checking the puppies parents

Puppies of certain dog breeds can look strikingly the same when still growing.


That means that you can not differentiate between two certain breeds by just looking at them.


A reputable dog breeder will freely show the parents of his/her puppies so you can confirm their pedigree.


Ideally, it's vital that you undertake this process with care to avoid potential mistakes of mixing breeds or buying low-quality breeds.

Straightforward

Proper Dog Breeders

This recommendation is rather common. It, however, has quite a lot of weight in it.


A reliable dog breeder should be vigilant. Should also be enthusiastic, and be willing to answer any questions you may have about his puppies.

When not sure about anything, ask as many questions as possible, so you don't have to 'try things' when at home with the puppies.


Interestingly, passionate breeders also do get concerned about how their puppies are going to be kept.


Because of this, he/she may ask a few questions on how you plan to keep it.

Conclusion

When choosing a dog breeder, listed above are the things that you need to consider.


An important part is getting to know them and ask them questions.


However, you need to be prepared to answer some questions too since some breeders will try to find out if their puppy is heading to a loving home.


 

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About the author

Hayley

Dog lover and animal enthusiast who would own an entire Noah's Ark if money and space wasn't an issue. Gamer girl on the side and loves a bit of Roller Derby.

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