Choosing a Dog Breeder
The first step in finding the dog breeder
that meets your needs begins with homework! BARF breeders
care about the health and happiness of the lives they've created
and are interested in upholding the standard of their chosen
breed. They're also willing to be a consistent source of information
and support for the lifetime of their puppies. BARF breeders
work hard to produce sound examples of their breed and belong
to appropriate breed registries and kennel clubs. They will
want to know that their pups will be going to a good home,
so you can expect a lot of questions and in turn, they will
expect the same from you. The bond shared between you and
your dog can be one of life's most enriching experiences.
To give the relationship the best chance of success, your
BARF breeder will help you choose your new puppy carefully,
taking into consideration your personal needs, your lifestyle
and your home.
More and more breeders
are becoming aware of a simple way to prevent many health
problems in their pups... The BARF DIET!
so much to learn about your new puppy, from house training
to obedience training. Feeding may seem like the easiest part
of a dog or puppy's care. Right? Not exactly. The quality
of a puppy's life is not only influenced by genetics but also
by nutrition. How and what a puppy is fed can contribute to
behavior problems or health related disorders. Although care
involves proper training and love, suitable nutrition has
a significant impact on how well a puppy grows and develops
so he can live up to his genetic heritage.
Many modern dogs live unhealthy lives. There
is little doubt that the increase in what was once a rare
group of diseases is the direct result of a world wide change
in the way puppies are reared, particularly when it comes
to their eating habits. The cost of a purebred puppy, his
training, food bills and the inevitable vet bills often associated
with the treatment of disease involves more than money when
it comes to a cherished pet.
BARF breeders understand that it is essential
to match the requirements of a pup's body to it's long time
heritage of natural food and the sort of exercise and rate
of growth experienced by its ancestors. It is well understood
that the more we depart from a dog's biological background,
the more we test his ability to grow and function normally.
That's why BARF breeders help new owners understand the importance
and simplicity of feeding their new puppy a biologically appropriate
raw food diet. They want your future family member to start
out on the right paw in life.
The breeders listed, provide a diet that optimizes
health through biologically appropriate raw foods. That means
a better start in life for your puppy from before conception
to the time you are ready to take him home. BARF breeders
believe that maximally healthy parents means maximum health
for puppies. Congratulations on your new BARF puppy!
Finding the Right Breeder
Don't buy on impulse. Be sure you understand
the breed and it's temperament. Avoid impulse buying from
pet stores and puppy mills.
Contact breeders that will interview you as
carefully as you do them. Look for honest caring answers,
advice and invitations to visit their kennel. Conscientious
breeders will offer documentation of health certificates pertaining
to the breed.
Ask to meet the sire and dam or puppies from
the same parents. Are the puppies raised in the home and well
socialized? Are they raised with children and other animals?
Are there references available from other owners of pups from
Does the breeder show the dogs, compete for
obedience or working titles, belong to a kennel club? The
more active a breeder is with their dogs, the more knowledgeable
they are likely to be.
Does the breeder have a contract or guarantee?
What will they offer if the pup's health is defective? Are
there stipulations on spaying, neutering and breeding?
Be sure to ask about the nutrition program
of the dam and/or sire. How are the pups weaned and on what
foods? Remember that a puppy's nutrition begins before birth.
Before you purchase
a dog, remember that you must make a commitment that may last
more than a decade. Be sure you are ready to take on the cost
and responsibility that a dog requires.