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How do I recognize a reputable dog breeder? Part 2/3 - Tips when visiting the breeder

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How do I recognize a reputable dog breeder? Part 2/3 - Tips when visiting the breeder

 

To make the right pre-selection for a reputable breeder is very important. But the right impression from the breeder you get only on the spot, by visiting him.

Tony the Pug - Tips for visiting a dog breeder

The first part of this three part articles series was about the right pre-selection and the first contact with the breeder. In this part you will learn what to look for on the spot by visiting the breeder. A reputable breeder will get to know you exactly as much as you want get to know him. If it is possible, you should visit the breeder several times. The following points should be considered when visiting:

 

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Environment

The environment in which the puppies grow up, have to make a clean and tidy impression. The little puppies, of course, make dirt that must be removed several times a day, so the little ones do not have to go through their excrements and thus infectious diseases can also be avoided. For the puppies, it is very important that they grow up in the house with a family connection, because this is the only way they will have the opportunity to learn the normal processes in the everyday life of a family.

Breeding conditions

A responsible breeder sells puppies only from its own litters and hands these off the earliest from the eighth week. The puppies have extensive human care and have enough outdoor exercise (e.g. garden), contact with different people and other dogs and possibly with any other pets. The breed place should be in the breeder house or next to it. A solely kennel keeping is also inappropriate.

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The puppies should never be left alone unattended for several hours during the day.

It is also important that the breeder has no more than two breeds in the offer or runs a "mass production". If he works alone, he should ideally have a maximum of two to three breeding female dogs so he can take care of all the animals individually.

Mother dog

The mother dog must of course be present. With dubious breeders, it may happen that there is no mother dog and all sorts of excuses for this purpose will be served. And if they do, they will present an "alibi female dog". Observe whether the mother dog deals lovingly with the puppies or if they are allowed to suckle. If the mother has no interest in the puppies or casts them out, you can assume that it is not the real mother.

How does the mother respond to visitors? Is she hectic, does she want to defend her little ones or is her reaction calm? That the mother dog wants to protect their children from strangers, is not anything bad. But she should be able to calm down with the breeders help. With some distance to the puppies she should encounter you friendly. Ask the breeder first, when you are allowed to approach the puppies and respect the maternal feelings of the mother.

Also important is the physical condition of the mother dog. Is she very thin? To suckle puppies is stressful and exhausting for the mother. The breeder must take care, that she is not very emaciated.

 

 

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Puppies

The puppies should be curious and vivid as well they have to make a healthy impression. They run up to you and want to play, unless they have just bedtime. They may not appear apathetic. They should also not have to look very thin and should not have a bloated stomach. This is an indication for worms. The coat should be clean and shiny and not lusterless or dirty. Water and food should be available for the little ones. The eyes should be clean and shiny, the nose without discharge and the ears clean.

When you pick up the puppy, he should be dewormed, vaccinated and microchipped. Let the breeder give you all the documents, as the vaccination certificate or litter control protocol (see the last point – documents).

Information from the breeder

A reputable breeder don’t want to hide anything. He will show you the breeding place and the mother dog and will tell you a lot about the properties of the stud dog, the breed itself and its breeding or breeding procedures. A good breeder will inform you on specific breed type diseases or vulnerabilities. The breeder is pleased to answer your questions about dog husbandry, feeding, health care or education and will advise you in this. He will assist you in choosing the right puppy and will suggest you to visit the puppies several times. When picking up the puppy, he will also give you the food for the first week and a feeding plan. Many breeders give a starter package in which food, a collar, a blanket, a toy, feed and care plan, etc. are included.

 

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He will also ask you many questions. He wants to know in what family and domestic relations the puppy will come. If the breeder doesn’t ask questions, you can assume that he does not care about the welfare of the puppies and he is only interested in making money. A good breeder will offer you to contact him if you have any questions or problems. Because he has an interest, even after the sale, that the puppy is doing well.

Documents

When buying you should obtain the following documents from the breeder:

Vaccination certificate / EU Pet Passport (here you can see the chip number)

Contract of sale

The purchase contract should include the following points:

  • Full name and address of the buyer and seller
  • dog information: name, race, gender, skin color, date of birth, identification (chip number), vaccinations and deworming
  • In addition for pedigree dogs: Registration number, pedigrees, litter inspection report
  • health and defects
  • Purchase price

 
Certificate of parentage (pedigree) and litter control report (only for pedigree dogs)

In the third part, I will make a checklist that shows a good overview of the main topics on which you should look for when purchasing a dog from a dog breeder.

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Read also:

---> How I can recognize a reputable dog breeder? Part 1 - Appropriate pre-selection and first contact

---> How I can recognize a reputable dog breeder? Part 3 - Tips & Checklist

---> Requirements & Tips for a dog aqcuirement Part 1

---> Requirements & Tips for a dog aqcuirement Part 2

 

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