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How to Find a Responsible Dog Breeder

Health and Medical   February 2, 2016



How to Find a Responsible Dog Breeder

You finally made a decision – I want to buy a dog! After a while, you already know what breed you want. Now everything is ready, you just have to choose where to buy your puppy from. And this is where you should be very careful and well informed. First of all, never buy a dog from a puppy mill, dog farm or pet shop, always try to find a responsible, legitimate Kennel!

Professional breeders, unlike puppy mills, are interested in strengthening their reputation, so they ensure the exhibition career of their puppies carry with them special classes in exhibition preparation, often show them on rings and most successful dogs are brought to major international exhibitions. They want to avoid the owner's mistakes. In addition, showing your pet on the exhibition rings advertise the kennel.
Dogs from Puppy Mills are cheaper, but they are awfully raised with no veterinarian care and in extremely bad conditions.
In contrary, even if you choose the cheapest puppy from a registered breeder, you can always count on the help and support of the Kennel. Often communicating with the breeders continue for many years and grew into a friendship because you have a lot in common - love for this remarkable creature – your dog!

What to look for, and what to ask the person who sells us the dog.

First and most important is that you be given a veterinary passport, which marked the dates of vaccination and deworming. Furthermore, there should be stickers and the signature of the vet who performed the vaccinations. You should clarify if the dog has a pedigree or not. If not, what are the reasons and will there be any chance that it be given in the future. The Pedigree is a document of origin for the puppy. It certifies who the parents, grandparents and great grandparents are. Genealogy is by no means a guarantee of good exterior and health of the dog. It is to ensure that the dog does not carry genetic predisposition, be it hip dysplasia, hereditary cataracts or other genetically transmitted diseases. It is simply a statement of origin and only ensures that your dog is a descendant of those and those dogs. However, genealogy allows two things – an opportunity to participate in exhibitions and if the dog is bred according to the rules of certain KENNEL Federation of the country in which it lives, its descendants also have the right pedigree. To ensure that the dog described in genealogy is exactly what you are buying it must have a chip whose number present in genealogy or tattoo on the left ear or the abdomen - the tattoo numbers must match the numbers mentioned in the genealogy.
A responsible Breeder will also show you photos of hip and elbow dysplasia of parents as well as examination of the eyes for hereditary cataracts and general progressive retinal atrophy. These are diseases to which many breeds such as Labradors Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, etc are prone to. An honest owner of a trustful Kennel will also tell you if they subsequently have problems with the dog like genetically transmitted diseases or malformations. The safest way is to sign a contract that certifies that the puppy was bought precisely from this Kennel and what responsibility lies in the specific case of problems. All responsible breeders will provide you with the exact information about what and how much food they gave to the puppy. You can continue to use the same food or to replace it.

Unlike puppy farms, a responsible breeder will provide you with the following documents and information for free:

1. Instructions for eating
2. Passport, including immunizations, types of vaccines, deworming dates
3. Pedigree comprising at least 3 generations
4. Certificate showing that the dog is healthy, signed by a veterinarian.
5. A copy of the medical studies done on the mother, father and other relatives
6. Permits and documents legitimizing the Kennel work

Of course, the only way to be sure if the Kennel/Breeder is a trustful one is by doing the necessary research. Each country has it's own Dog Federation, approved and recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale! The national dog federation has a couple of procedures before approving a Kennel and give it the necessary permits for breeding dogs. Usually all the legitimate Kennels are listed on the website of the relevant Canine Federation. Nevertheless, when you first go to a Breeder, ask for all the documents, proving its legitimacy. Look carefully if all the permits are up to date and all the certificates have the stamps and prints of the relevant Federation. You can also search the internet, read some forums and blog posts to be absolutely certain that you make the right choice.

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