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By: Responsible Pet Breeders Australia
With the rise in pet ownership in Australia, it’s become increasingly important for dog buyers to be able to find the best dog breeders.
Finding a reputable breeder is the first step if you have your heart set on buying a new puppy. Responsible breeders are careful to breed only healthy dogs with good temperaments. This should be true no matter the pedigree or breed of dog, whether they come from a Groodle breeder or a Golden Retriever breeder.
This ensures that any puppy you purchase from them will have a higher likelihood of being a great family pet. They also understand how to raise their puppies so that the dogs are ready to become family dogs.
It’s perfectly fine to be picky about the breeder you get your next puppy from, as supporting unscrupulous or uninformed breeders can have a detrimental effect on the breed. Find a breeder who has your best interests in mind, and one who is passionate about finding a good home for their pups.
While many people relied on word of mouth to find dog breeders, it’s now possible to use the internet to find breeders. Online pet marketplaces have made it easy for breeders to post advertisements for their litters.However, that doesn’t mean you should simply find a relevant advertisement, contact the breeder, and commit to a puppy. Research and background checking are still important, just as before the internet came about.
The best dog breeders should fit most of the following criteria:
1. The breeder should allow you to visit and take a tour of their premises and the breeding animals’ accommodations. The dogs’ living quarters and exercise areas should be clean and well-maintained.2. There should only be one (or at most two) different breeds being produced by the breeder, as the best dog breeders will want to develop depth in their breeding program. Multiple breeds with only a few dogs means they may be trying to churn out puppies with little regard for the quality of the breeding partners or the offspring.3. Breeders should have good knowledge of their chosen dog breed, and will be able to speak at length about the specific needs and traits of that breed.4. They may put you on a waiting list for their next litter, which may take over a year to be produced. This can show that they give their breeding dogs sufficient time in between each litter to avoid over-breeding.5. Good breeders will only release their pups to new owners when the dogs are ready. Traditionally this has been at 8 weeks old for most dogs, but there are some situations where 9 to 10 weeks old or 11 to 12 weeks old is better for the dog.6. The best breeders will provide a written contract with a health guarantee, as well as a cooling off period after the sale of the puppy. They should also allow time for a pre-purchase examination by a veterinarian of your choice. If medical problems are diagnosed, the breeder should be willing to take the pup back and provide a full refund or replace the puppy.7. They should obviously spend one-on-one time with their pups, giving them toys, exercise, and lots of mental stimulation.
Questions to Ask a Dog Breeder
Talk to and visit different breeders to get a sense of what makes a truly committed breeder different from a mediocre one. You may ask some of the following questions during your visit:
How early and how often are the puppies handled?
Puppies that get lots of exposure to humans and are handled early in life will tend to grow up to be comfortable with people. A couple of pets on the head or belly rubs won’t cut it – pups should start being handled by humans as early as 3 days old.
Can I meet the parents?
Ideally, the parents of the puppies will be living on-site. However, it is also normal for the male dog to be absent, as the breeders may have hired a stud from a different breeder. The parents will be the best indicator for how the puppies will be like as adults.
What genetic tests/clearances have been done on each parent of the litter?
Sadly, each dog breed is predisposed to their own slew of genetic disorders and health problems. It’s a good idea to find out what health testing is recommended for your chosen breed, and see if the breeder performs these health tests before breeding. The tests may be costly, but the best dog breeders know this testing is important for the health of their dogs and of the breed as a whole.
Can I contact you after the sale for advice?
The answer to this question should always be yes! No breeder worth their salt will refuse. The best dog breeders will also appreciate being kept informed about the progress of the puppies they’ve sold. A good breeder may give knowledgeable advice on matters such as medical care, training and training facilities, as well as breed-specific problems and new discoveries in the breed’s research.
With the internet, it’s become much easier for dog breeders to advertise, and it’s also become easier for dog buyers to share their experiences when buying from breeders. Look up your chosen breeder and see if anyone online has anything good (or bad) to say about them. Luckily, dog lovers are usually more than happy to talk about their dogs and their dealings with the dog’s breeders.In fact, the best dog breeders may even save you the trouble – they may very well point you towards other buyers they’ve had in the past, as well as be open regarding the successes and failures of their breeding program. If they recognise that you and their dogs wouldn’t be a good match, they may even recommend other breeds or breeders who will be more in line with what you need.
It’s often said that taking home a dog is a lifetime commitment, but your relationship with your dog’s breeder is often the same. Find a registered breeder you’re comfortable with and can approach with your concerns; it can be just as important as choosing a dog breed.