Where Should You Buy Your Puppy

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Where Should You Buy Your Puppy

by Melissa Glenney



Puppy mills, pet stores, shelters and dog breeders are the most common sources of new pets for most people. Professional dog breeders are perhaps the best source for buying a dog. Dog breeders are the clearly the best source to obtain purebred dogs.

Dog breeders are easy to find. However, a good, reputable dog breeder is not so easy to find. Dog breeders are those who carefully mate selected members of the same breed of dog in order for them to reproduce puppies who have the same kinds of physical traits as well as personality characteristics and qualities. Good dog breeders are usually dedicated enthusiasts of a particular breed, their only aim in producing a litter being to improve and better their breed in terms of temperament, health and conformation. Good dog breeders are normally themselves mentored by other good breeders who are often even more experienced and knowledgeable about the chosen breed.

All individuals wanting to know what responsible dog breeders are and how they are supposed to conduct themselves should take the time to peruse the various breed clubs that exist for the dog of choice and carefully read their code of ethics. Most dog breeders are honest people who truly care about the dogs that they are breeding and selling to others. Honest dog breeders are those who would be willing to answer truthfully all the questions that you may have regarding the dog of your choice. First, successful and reputable dog breeders are in the business because they love the dogs they work with. Some designer dog breeders are in purely for profit.

Reputable breeders are the best option if you're looking for a purebred puppy. Breeders can advise the new owner on the health of the pup, provide a vaccination certificate and advise when next needles are due, how to feed the puppy and give some tips on toilet training. Some breeders offer a ONE year guarantee against genetic diseases. Breeders are required to keep documentation of the history of their breeding animals to ensure pedigrees are accurate. Good dog breeders are usually dedicated enthusiasts of a particular breed, their only aim in producing a litter being to improve and better their breed in terms of temperament, health and conformation.

However, it?s not as simple as it may sound and all breeders are not equal. You will find the best dog breeders have spent years upon years studying their chosen breed (normally after years of owning them). Good dog breeders are normally themselves mentored by other good breeders who are often even more experienced and knowledgeable about the chosen breed. Unethical breeders care little for the dogs they breed, and they don?t give a hoot about the problems that they ?pass on? to the unsuspecting buyer (which may only manifest themselves later in the dog?s life). Some unethical breeders are also referred to as puppy farmers and backyard breeders.

Take a look at breeder guidelines set out by dog clubs and societies such as the Kennel Club, and Breeders Charters which sites like Dogsey.com ask any breeders wishing to list with them to adhere to. Most good dog breeders have a waiting list so be prepared to wait for a pup.

In conclusion, take your time and do some thorough research on dog breeders. Some dog breeders are in purely for profit. Most successful and reputable dog breeders are in the business because they love the dogs they work with. Good luck with choosing your puppy!

About the author:

Melissa Glenney is the owner of three wonderful Labrador Retrievers. To get more info on Labradors or in dog breeders in general, go to http://www.ILoveLabradorRetrievers.com

To find out ?How to Pick the Perfect Dog Breeder?, go to http://ILoveLabradorRetrievers.com/PerfectBreeder



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