Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Buyer Beware: How to Tell a True Breeder from a Puppy Mill

Photo taken by: Krotz
Dogs make for one of the best pets we could ask for. They can be trained to perform a multitude of tasks from simple tricks for amusement or obedience to tasks that can greatly increase quality of life for those suffering from impairment. When it comes to finding your furry companion, it’s important to know where your dog is coming from. There are a lot of pitfalls when buying a dog that take the form of puppy mills or BYB’s (back yard breeders) If you’re looking for a quality pure breed dog, here are some things to keep in mind when looking for the right breeder.

If it’s advertised, it’s probably not a true Breeder
Dog breeders have a genuine love of their breed. When breeding their pups, it’s not for the monetary outcome but for the betterment of the breed. Because these dogs are among the best of their breed, a true breeder won’t advertise with signs or ads. In fact, most breeders pups are sold before the litter is born, meaning there is typically a wait list for their pups.

Shows a genuine Love and concern for their Pups
A true breeder sees a dog for what it is, a sweet animal in need of a good home, not just another paycheck. True breeders not only keep tabs on their pups to see how their doing, but will also encourage you to come visit their homes and see their conditions for yourself. Puppy Mills and backyard breeders will typically try to get you in and out as quickly as possible, answering the questions they have to with answers they think will make you happy. Not only will a true breeder be happy to answer any of your questions, but will likely have just as many for you, ensuring that their pup is going to a good and loving home.

The Proof is in the Papers
Anyone who sells dogs will have some titling involved. A common one is AKC which stands for the American Kennel Club. If you have any doubts about where your dog is coming from, check with the AKC to make sure their kennel is not only registered but is also in good standing. A true breeder will also have an equal amount of documentation on the health of your pup. Genetics, hips, heart, thyroid and eyes are all things that are inspected and certified before a true breeder is willing to sell you a dog. If their Dam fails any one of these qualifications, she isn’t bred. This means that your pup is coming to you in the best possible health and condition it can be.

It’s always encouraged to do a little research when it comes to any major purchases in your life, this is especially important when it comes to buying a pet. Your dog is more than just some animal, it’s a part of your family and will be for many years to come. There’s nothing wrong with purchasing a purebred pup, it’s just important to make sure that you’re funding someone who’s breeding them out of love of the dog, rather than love of the money.

+Neil Kilgore is the Jack (Russell) of all trades at Greenfield Puppies in Lancaster Pa. He regularly blogs about dogs, breeders and puppies on the Greenfield Puppies website.

1 comment:

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Great Article! Keep doing what you're doing. Each one of us needs to do our part.

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