From FOTD - "This is something all potential puppy owners should read if they are considering getting a puppy from a breeder. Compiled by an outstanding breeder who puts the dog first and practices what she preaches. If the breeder is not a Reputable, Responsible Breeder, then rather find one that is, or consider getting a puppy from a shelter or breed rescue. The more the irresponsible breeder is supported the more pups that will be produced."
Maxine van den Berg – Vanros Beagles KUSA Accredited Beagle Breeder
DO NOT support puppy mills and ignorant backyard breeders by buying a puppy from a petshop or over the internet! As far as is physically possible you need to see the mother and pups and check out the environment into which they have been born and are raised.
Things to look for in a reputable breeder: (a help to guide the puppy-purchasing consumer make an informed decision)
..is little legislation to protect you when buying from unethical breeders, so you really do need to spend that extra bit of time before going out and buying a pup – it may help ensure your dog is healthier and happier in the long run, and could save you a lot of money and heartache.
You want a pet companion who will fit into your lifestyle and not become emotionally and financially burdensome… a healthy, happy dog with which to share the good times of your life.
Not all breeders are created equal, and neither are the puppies they produce. Some aspects to consider seriously before taking the final step in purchasing a puppy:
- How long has the breeder been involved in this particular breed?
- How knowledgeable is the breeder about her particular breed? Is she familiar with its historical origins? Is she aware of the early development of the canine species?
- Can she educate you about the breed’s disadvantages – especially genetic predisposition to health problems.
- Reputable breeders are on a mission to prevent/remove genetic influences from their breeding line.
- What is her goal for breeding – is she breeding for health and temperament?
- Does the breeder have any old dogs on her premises? How long have her own dogs lived and from what have they died? You want a breeder who loves the breed, not someone who just loves to breed.
- How many pups is this person breeding? More is never better. Anyone who is producing a large number of dogs is probably doing it at the expense of quality.
- Are the breeder’s dogs kenneled dogs or house pets? Breeders who keep their dogs in kennels may have temperament defects (like excessive dominance) of which they are not even aware. Puppies should be raised inside an active home to begin socialising them to a household environment.
- Will the breeder provide you with the names of several past purchasers to serve as reference?
- What kind of guarantees does the breeder offer? Any responsible breeder will give you a written health guarantee. Truly caring breeders will insist you return the puppy to them if you are unable to keep it for any reason during its entire life.
- At what age does the breeder send the pups to their new homes? Avoid any breeder who wants to send home a puppy younger than 8 weeks (see note at end of this article).
- What does the breeder do to socialise her puppies? Ask for specifics. A breeder who allows her puppies to experience different sounds, surfaces etc and meet different people is trying hard. Puppies raised in a kennel should be avoided.
- A reputable breeder does not sell to the first person who shows up with cash in hand. You will probably have to go onto a waiting list, or at best be screened.
- A reputable breeder will be very interested in whom you are and somewhat choosy about whether you are able to provide an adequate home for one of her puppies. A good breeder will want to keep in touch with you and will be there to support you with advice later on
- A reputable breeder will participate in breed rescue efforts for the breed they love.
- Visit the premises! I cannot stress this enough! Are they clean and orderly? Are the breeder’s dogs in a healthy condition?
- Do you like the temperament of the puppy’s parents? Remember, temperament is genetic!
- Do you like the breeder???Will you feel comfortable relying on this person as a resource to help you if you ever run into problems with your pup? One of the greatest advantages of buying from a good breeder is the support and assistance she can offer you throughout the dog’s life.
- An excellent breeder will prepare you before you get to take your puppy home. She will give you references of good books to read, websites to visit and be only a phone call away when you have a question.
If the breeder you are investigating does not meet the above criteria walk away! Remember you dog will likely live for 12 – 14 years, so it is worth investing time and effort now to be sure you are working with a reputable breeder who breeds healthy, happy dogs and keeps them in clean and humane conditions.
The Legal Stuff
"Vanros" is a registered KUSA affix. We register our beagle puppies with KUSA. Breeding restrictions imposed on all pups. Lifting of restrictions will be considered on merit. Ownership transferred to buyer.
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