There are many factors to consider when choosing a breeder to purchase a new furry family member. Unfortunately, not all breeders are created equal. It is important to recognize the difference between backyard breeders, puppy mills, accidental breeding, and responsible breeders. Here are some key things to look for when searching for a responsible breeder. First lets talk about different breeding practices.
Backyard Breeders- Backyard breeders are individuals who breed their dogs with no regard for the welfare of the animals or the quality of the puppies produced. These breeders often have no knowledge of the breed standard, temperament, or health issues that may be associated with the breed. They may not provide appropriate veterinary care, nutrition, or socialization for their dogs or puppies. They may also sell puppies without proper vaccinations or deworming. It's important to avoid purchasing puppies from backyard breeders, as they often contribute to the overpopulation of unwanted pets.
Puppy Mills- Puppy mills are commercial breeding facilities where dogs are often kept in inhumane conditions and used to produce as many puppies as possible for profit. Dogs in puppy mills are often kept in small, unsanitary cages with no socialization or proper care. Puppy mills often have little regard for the health and welfare of the dogs or puppies, and they often produce puppies with genetic defects and health issues. It's important to avoid purchasing puppies from puppy mills, as this only supports this cruel industry.
Accidental Breeding- Accidental breeding occurs when a dog becomes pregnant by accident, usually because the owner did not take appropriate measures to prevent it. This is how we find poodle, pug, mastiff mixes with a slew of health problems or non-hypoallergenic doodles that are marketed for allergy sufferers. This breeding practice contributes the highest to pound over population. These puppies may be sold by the owner without proper health testing, vaccinations, or socialization. While accidental breeding can happen to anyone, it's important to avoid supporting this practice by purchasing puppies from accidental breeders.
Responsible Breeders- Responsible breeders are individuals who breed dogs with the goal of improving the breed and producing healthy, happy puppies. They prioritize the health and welfare of their dogs and puppies over profit. Here are some things to look for when searching for a responsible breeder:
Responsible Breeding: Responsible breeding means not over breeding. you should see retired moms after 4-5 litters. All mothers whelping should be over the ago of 18 months and under the age of 6. Back-to-back Breeding or skipping cycles should be seen through the program because each momma is different. (Meaning you should see some mommas have back to back breeding's but others skipping cycles. This shows they are looking out for the health of their parents and the overpopulation market so they don't flood the market)
DNA Testing: Responsible breeders will perform genetic testing on their breeding dogs to screen for any potential health issues. Remember we are bettering the future of our breed.
Temperament Testing: Responsible breeders will ensure that their dogs have a good temperament and are well-suited to be that families pet.
Breed Compatibility: Responsible breeders will only breed dogs that are compatible in terms of temperament and breed standard.
Proper Socialization: Responsible breeders will expose their puppies to different people, animals, and environments to ensure that they are well-socialized and confident.
Microchipped: Responsible breeders will have their puppies microchipped before they go to their new homes.
Training: Responsible breeders will start training their puppies from an early age, teaching them basic manners, socialization, overall mental health.
Family Oriented: Responsible breeders will prioritize finding loving homes for their puppies and will often have a waiting list of interested buyers.
Follow-Up Support: Responsible breeders will provide support to new owners, answering any questions they may have and offering guidance on the care and training of their new puppy.
Will always accept their puppy back at any life stage.
In conclusion, choosing a responsible breeder is essential for ensuring that you get a healthy, happy puppy that will be a beloved member of your family for years to come. It's important to do your research, ask questions, and avoid supporting backyard breeders, puppy mills, and accidental breeders. This is how we combat pound over population by only supporting responsible breeders and knowing the difference and sharing. A responsible breeder will prioritize the health and welfare of their dogs and puppies and will provide proper health testing, socialization, training, and follow-up support to better our worlds dogs.