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You’ve been looking around for a new pet and you’ve finally decided what type or breed of dog you would lie to purchase. But the bad news is that you’re search isn’t over, in fact it’s only just begun. Now the time has come for you to decide from whom you will purchase your dog and what is a good and fair price for the breed and characteristics you’re looking for.

The problem is that with all of the breeders available on the internet including places such as classified websites, Facebook and breeder message boards, deciding who to trust enough to purchase a dog from is about to prove to be even more daunting than deciding on what breed of dog to get! It’s going to be a long journey, one that if researched correctly, could take you a month or more to decide who you will make your purchase from.

How To Find A Responsible Dog Breeder:

Some of you may have already had a bad experience with a rude breeder. Remember that you should never feel uncomfortable when speaking to a breeder and you should not feel as though the breeder is being short or candid with his/her replies to your questions. The conversation should be both give-and-take as well. You ask questions, then the breeder asks questions and it should feel comfortable throughout the conversation.

You are going to want to call your potential breeder more than once and at different times of day as well. Anyone can be nice and hospitable in a first meeting, so you should feel comfortable and invited to call back about 3 to 5 times throughout the process. Be sure to ask as many questions as possible about the Sire and Dam’s health records, possibly even asking for copies of them along with copies of the health/Vet records for the puppy/dog you’re considering purchasing.

The first conversation is just get to know each other, kind of like an informal meeting. The breeder should be of course, concerned with where their babies are being placed and therefore asks questions about you, your family and the environment the puppy/dog will be placed in. The breeder should appear to be comfortable and non-hesitant in asking you these questions and likewise you should give honest and accurate responses.

The next couple of conversation will likely and appropriately involves questions geared more towards the dog/puppy, the Sire and Dam of the litter to help single just which puppy or dog you might want. Your breeder should keep you involved throughout the process. You'll think of questions as you go along, and you should not be afraid to ask. Even if you think it is a dumb question, you should feel comfortable enough with your breeder to know that they will not get annoyed or mad because you do not know something.

I have spoken to many wonderful families who have been treated horribly by some breeders. It is a sign of arrogance and a lack of self-esteem, and I certainly hope that if this article does anything, it lets people know that they do not have to put up with this sort of treatment. Additionally, the Ultimate Breeder Kennel Club / UBKC does not condone such activity by our approved or licensed breeders.

Responsible breeders don't sell their puppies to the first person who shows up with cash in hand. Too often, unsuspecting people buy puppies from puppy mills, or sometimes neighbors who breed their dog to make a little money or simply because they have a dog "with papers." Too often, the result is puppies with poor health, genetic birth defects, bad or undesirable traits or qualities for the Breed Standards or even with temperament problems that may not be discovered right away.

A dog or puppy who has genetic health problems due to poor breeding practices or who develops significant behavior problems due to a lack of early socialization can cost thousands of dollars to treat or deal with and result in grief and heartache as well in the future.

Get Referrals:

You can find a breeder that you feel comfortable trusting by asking for referrals from your veterinarian or trusted friends, by contacting local breed clubs, visiting professional dog shows and last but certainly not least, by asking your potential breeder for 3 to 5 references of people they have already sold dogs to. Be sure to ask key questions about each referral, then immediately call each referral and ask those same key questions to the referral.

Next you will want to compare answers to see if the information matches up, your objective here is to make certain that the breeder hasn’t just given you names and numbers of friends or family members! If anything seems fishy, or if things just don’t seem “right”, WALK away, or perhaps maybe even run. When talking to the breeder’s referral, ask them if they would mind showing you pictures of the dog they had previously purchased. This will help you determine what your puppy may look like as it gets older.

Always Visit Where The Pups Are Born:

Ok, the above header isn’t always possible. Not everyone has the means to drive or fly half way across the country to visit the Kennel operation or the breeder’s home. But when means do allow for it, take EVERY opportunity to visit a breeder's facility before buying a puppy. Find out where your puppy was born and raised and see if the parents are on site.

Take the time now to find the right breeder and you'll thank yourself for the rest of you and your dog's life!

Check this online PDF for more useful tips. (No download required).
How To Identify A Responsible Breeder (Online PDF File)

Information Source: HumaneSociety.org