Responsible Breeders Make All The Difference

As a society, it is important that we shed any misconceptions about dog breeders and realize that there are many ways to find a new puppies and buying from a responsible breeder is an excellent option. An ethical breeder is one who is well educated on the complete care, health and wellbeing of the dogs they breed. They are the ones offering their extensive knowledge on raising your new dog and they are well known for supporting families far beyond purchase. Their generosity and continued guidance is one of the many reasons that buying from a breeder is a great choice. 

Stephanie Minturn · June 28, 2018

Responsible Breeders Make 
All The Difference 

By Stephanie Minturn 

Deciding to welcome a new puppy into the family can be an exciting yet stressful time. Your first task is to decide where your puppy is going to come from and this can potentially be the most important decision you make. The slogan, "Adopt, Don't Shop" is everywhere and while adopting from a shelter can be wonderful, it is a personal choice and doesn't make receiving a puppy from a trustworthy breeder any less noble. As a society, it is important that we shed any misconceptions about dog breeders and realize that there are many ways to find a new puppies and buying from a responsible breeder is an excellent option. 

Before delving into the many benefits of meeting your new companion through a reputable breeder, it is important to understand that it is a false and unfair impression that responsible breeders contribute to number of pets in shelters. In reality, there are several Breeder-Rescue efforts working together to decrease the homelessness of pets worldwide. Pets who are victims to abandonment are most often those who have been poorly bred and abused. An ethical breeder is one who is well educated on the complete care, health and wellbeing of the dogs they breed. They are the ones offering their extensive knowledge on raising your new dog and they are well known for supporting families far beyond purchase. Their generosity and continued guidance is one of the many reasons that buying from a breeder is a great choice. 

Look for a responsible breeder that genuinely cares for the dogs health.

Dog breeders spend a great deal of time observing their pups. When the time comes to choose yours, your breeder can help you decide which pup is the right fit for your family. Information is available to you regarding the puppy's and parent's health history and background and can give you detailed information regarding vaccines and any other medical intervention used from birth. A reputable breeder can assure you that your pet is free of genetic diseases and can make you aware of any predispositions, saving you from an abundance of stress and high vet bills in the future. 

When purchasing from a breeder, you're able to choose breeds which possess the specific characteristics for which you are seeking. Perhaps you have always dreamed of having the best show dog, maybe you have small children in the house and are looking for a friendly and gentle demeanor or maybe you are buying a dog for yourself or someone with a medical or mental disability. These are only a few circumstances in which buying from a breeder can be the best decision. By choosing to use a breeder, you can conduct your own research on certain breeds, paying close attention to temperament and specific qualities or disadvantages. Another valuable benefit is the safe and stimulating environment your pet is exposed to from birth, making it much less likely to exhibit behavioral issues while promoting a healthy and stable mental foundation from the very beginning. House training usually begins before you assume ownership of your new pup. You will have your breeder to thank for taking some of the strain out of the early days of puppyhood when bringing your new pup home.
Some breeders are only interested in making money!

It's important to do your research when looking for a reputable breeder. Irresponsible breeders, sometimes referred to as, "backyard breeders" are most definitely out there. Fear not, they are quite easy to identify. An unethical breeder will only be interested in making a sale. They will offer little to no advice on caring for your pup and will not offer any valuable support. They often sell to anyone, doing very little research and will seem careless and unconcerned. 

Here are a few things to look for when you believe you may have come across an disreputable breeder:
  • Responsible breeders will be very transparent and will give you information regarding the puppy's parents. The mother is usually available to meet and if the father is not on site, good dog breeders will have photos and information available. If your breeder will not offer you this information, you may want to look elsewhere.

  • Your breeder shouldn't focus on several types of breeds. This is a red flag. How can he or she be attentive to the needs of several different breeds at the same time? You want a breeder who is efficient and dedicated to the breed they promote.

  • Failing to provide a contract, registration or lack of continued support is a definite sign of an irresponsible breeder.

  • If the breeder has puppies available at all times or allows the puppy to leave earlier than recommended, this can also be a bad sign.

When you come across an irresponsible breeder and feel that they are treating animals in an immoral and inhumane manner, there are several ways to report it. Contacting animal control is one of the first recommendations from the humane society. You can find more information on their website at www.humanesociety.org. By reporting and terminating the businesses of these types of breeders, we can bring responsible breeding into a more positive light. It's important to remember that not all breeders are the same, so don't give up!

Buying from a dependable breeder can make all the difference when adding a new puppy to your home. Not only will you end up with a healthy, thriving pup, full of energy and life but most often you will also find a new trusted friend in your breeder and this makes buying a new puppy a superior experience. 

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Stephanie Minturn

Stephanie Minturn

Stephanie, is a Registered Nurse and proud mother, of 4 whom has always loved animals and the purity and beauty they bring into the world. She enjoys researching current trends and evidence based practice in the pet industry and relating it to the healthcare industry for humans. She has passion in discovering new found knowledge with other pet owners like herself.

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