5 Ways To Tell A Responsible Breeder

June 24th, 2009 by Dan

Puppies are hard to resist, but before you fall in love, make sure you reference this list of 5 ways to know you’re dealing with an ethical, responsible breeder. (Also consider a rescue puppy! There are dog’s of every shape and size that need homes too!)

6 Day Old Vizsla Puppies

Photo by gaxel

Ethical Breeders….

* Breed to better the type of dogs they are working with. This means producing litters with a purpose (not just to create more cute puppies – there are plenty of those already!) The parents should be active in shows, trials and should be titled.

* Breed only physically and mentally stable dogs and should have documentation on the health testing that they have had done on their dogs available for you to see.

* Will screen *you* to see if you will be an appropriate home for one of their puppies and to see if this breed is a good fit for your lifestyle. Be prepared to ask lots of questions! They will also answer any and all questions you may have about your future family member.

Mini Bull Terriers

Photo by svetlai

* Requires a spay/neuter contract for all dogs that will not be shown.

* Will have a provision in their contract that they will take back the dog at any point if you are no longer able to care for it.

If you find a breeder who fits these 5 standards, you’re on the right track. For a more detailed guide to choosing a reputable breeder, check out this piece. Remember to take your time and research any breeders you encounter thoroughly. Puppy parenthood is a long commitment and you want to make sure you’re starting out on the right foot!

Leave a Reply