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    What to Ask a Dog Breeder

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012

    What should you ask the dog breeder when buying a puppy?

    There is no guarantee for an animal. If you want to reduce problems occurring after buying a dog, then you have to clarify some things in advance with the breeder.

    When you definitely decide to buy a dog and already know which breed you would like, there is only one question unanswered - but a very important one -: where to get your dog from? Most of the veterinarians recommend buying direct from the breeder. But in order to take home the finest, healthiest and liveliest dog you have to reflect on some questions. Once answered, you can easily make a decision and will leave satisfied with a new friend for life.




    What should you ask the breeder?

    1. Are its parents registered?

    Certain breeds have an inherently higher risk of genetic problems, such as hip, heart, and eye disorders. These are usually inherited, so the registration book can help to check the lineage of the animal. It is also worth buying the puppy from a breeder because it grows up in a constantly supervised, controlled environment. Thus, he gets each vaccination in time and will be offered disease-free and pedigreed to his new owner.

     2. What are its parents like?

    If you know the size of his parents you can get a rough idea on how large the dog is going to be when it grows up. Be sure what size you want to buy.

    3. Let's have a look at his parents!

    If possible, take a look at his parents as well. Notice whether they are in good health and what their general appearance and behaviour is. Are they shy or aggressive? What is their personality like?



    4. How were the puppies socialised?

    Were there other dogs around the puppies? Did they meet other people besides their owner? The critical period of socialisation for the puppies is between 6-16 weeks; this period largely determines their later behaviour. To socialise effectively, the dog needs to meet and play with other breeds - similar and different aged dogs. Similarly, it is very good for their nature to meet different people when being a puppy so that they can hold good memories of these encounters.

    5. What shots have they had?

    How many and what kind of vaccinations did the dog receive?  What shots does it still need –if any?



    6. Has the dog been wormed?

    Almost without exception, all the puppies are born with worms; worming them is therefore strongly recommended.



    7. Was there any disease in the litter?

    If the answer is yes, please make inquiries about the symptoms, diagnosis and the treatment of the dog as well.



    8. What did the veterinarian say?

    If the dog gets the "healthy" stamp on his papers after the veterinary examination, there is no reason to be worried. But if any disease is reported, you will have to unearth any potential problems before buying.


    9. What is the "guarantee"?

    What can the breeder guarantee about the dog? If you found that the dog suffers from a heavy disease what steps is the breeder willing to take? This is a very sensitive issue and unfortunately, it is easier to glaze it over earlier than later.



    10. What about references?

    As a reference, you should ask for a previous customer’s phone number. Call them up and ask whether the breeder was fair or whether they are satisfied with the puppies. If any problem came up, was he helpful enough to solve it?


    11. Should I make a contract?

    Is the breeder asking you to sign a contract? If so, what does the smallprint contain?



    12. Birth check

    Some breeders may ask to castrate the animal at a certain age. This is usually not a problem for future owners but it is better to find out in time.



    13. What about the ancestry?

    Ask him about the breed lineage. For example, enquire about the average age of dogs and the way they died. Recording all these may help as the dog matures


    14. What does he give the puppies to eat?

    Early feeding is all important, so ask about dietary requirements. In the first couple of weeks, it’s best to stick to a disciplined feeding pattern.



     15. Health and sales certificate

    Ask the breeder whether he can provide you a certified veterinarian health certificate. There may be situations when you need official medical certification.


    16. Did it join any breeder club?

    Ask for a reference. Ask a dog breeder everything you want so that you could leave with your new canine friend in a contented mood. Breeding, maintenance and socialisation strongly influence the dog's health and the nature of your puppy when it grows up.

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