Are you on the prowl for a pup? Before heading to the shelter, consider hiring a reputable breeder. You’ll have more knowledge about your pup’s health and family history and can even find one with a specific personality trait.
In this guide, you’ll get tips to help you choose the perfect pup!
Researching Dog Breeder Reputations
They are committed to producing healthy puppies and providing quality customer service. It’s important to conduct research before selecting them for your new puppy, as some unscrupulous breeders have been known to sell sick or poorly-bred pups. Here are a few tips for researching dog breeder reputations:
Seek Recommendations: If you know friends or family who has purchased a pup recently, ask which breeder they used, their experiences and whether they would recommend their services. Word of mouth is an invaluable resource when it comes to finding trustworthy and reputable breeders.
Check References: Ask breeders for references from previous customers. A reputable Teddy Bear dog breeder should be able to supply you with the names and contact information of happy puppy owners without hesitation.
Tour the Facilities: Visiting their property allows you to thoroughly inspect the conditions and get an insight into the care and environment in that puppies have been reared in. They will welcome visits from potential customers rather than trying to dissuade them from seeing their facilities.
Investigate Online Reviews: Doing an online search for reviews can also help you find out more about the pedigree of a dog as well as any feedback concerning how the animal was reared. While this type of research may not be crucial at choosing a pre-loved pup, it is certainly useful in assessing potential health issues inherited from past generations – this can be seen in both pedigree and crossbreed animals alike.
Visiting the Breeder’s Facility
One of the best ways to tell if a breeder is reputable is to visit the facility where they keep their breeding dogs. You should be able to see where your pup will be born and raised and meet each of the parent dogs if possible. When visiting a breeder’s facility, there are specific things you should look for.
The dog breeder’s house or facility should be kept clean, well-maintained, and free from feces and debris. All equipment used for whelping and raising puppies should be clean and organized as well. All dogs at the facility should display signs of good health—they should have bright eyes and good body condition with no signs of illness or disease. The size of the area in which the breeding dogs are kept should be large enough for them to move around comfortably, socialize, exercise, play, and get access to fresh air.
In addition to inspecting the facility itself, you should pay close attention to how the owner interacts with their animals during your visit as well. They must handle all breeds with respect by speaking in comforting tones while giving them gentle strokes or scratches. You must also make sure that any young pups that you may encounter on your visit appear healthy overall—check for regular breathing rates, look out for any mites or fleas in their fur (though this can often be difficult), watch out for signs that could indicate an underlying health issue such as vomiting or diarrhea—anything that might suggest there’s something wrong not just with individual pups but also possibly with other areas at the facility.
Examining the Pup’s Health
Be sure to check that the puppies they are selling have had the appropriate vaccinations and deworming. This can be confirmed by asking to see the pup’s vaccination records. In addition, reputable breeders will also provide health certificates to prove that the puppy is healthy, based on assessments done by a veterinarian at regular intervals. Look for guarantees on the pup’s health, especially concerning any potentially hereditary conditions commonly associated with its parent breeds.
It’s important to ask questions about any health problems encountered in their line of pups and request information about what was done to address these issues. A good breeder will be open and honest about these issues and will focus on trying to improve their breeding lines rather than just focusing on selling pups for profit. Consider bringing a vet along with you when you visit different breeders so that they can take a look at the pup’s health as well and make sure everything looks alright.
Puppy Contract Considerations
Purchasing a puppy is both a big responsibility and a big investment. When selecting a puppy from a breeder, make sure to read the contract in its entirety and ask any questions you may have before signing. While contracts vary from breeder to breeder, these are some of the most important items to look out for:
-A detailed description of the puppy, including age, breed, gender, color, temperament and genetic history.
-Any vaccinations or health screenings that were administered by the breeder prior to purchase, such as heartworm tests or bile acid tests for puppies under six months old. Ask for the results of any screenings if available.
– A spay/neuter agreement (may or may not be included).
-A purchaser’s warranty that lists what remedies are provided should a latent or inherited health problem emerge after purchase. Breeding lines should be guaranteed clear of known genetic problems.
– Payment terms; some breeders require an initial nonrefundable deposit in order to reserve your pup with the remainder due when taking possession.
-Specifics regarding delivery; if they do not offer transportation themselves they need to provide contact information so that you can make arrangements with a pet transport company (many small dog breeds have currently limited flights due to airlines suspending pet transport policies).
Once you’ve done your research and seen a selection of prospective pups, it’s important to take your time making a decision. Puppies are a long-term commitment and the decisions you make today will affect both you and your pup for years to come.
Choosing the right one is key in ensuring that you and your future family member have the best possible start — one that is rich with health, happiness, and stability.
With careful consideration of all the factors discussed above, you’ll be sure to find the perfect pup for your home with the help of a reputable breeder.