Here are some great tips and a guide of what questions to ask dog breeders. I truly hope this serves you well, please let me know if this has been valuable to you.
- Are the puppy’s parents BTD registered?
BTD is the parent’s temperament, health and type assessments passed, so you’re guaranteed a healthy well-rounded puppy / dog. Reputable breeders will be well-versed in dog science, so if there are dog health issues, they should be able to address them with ease.
- What is a contract agreement?
Contractual agreements have been around for many years. One of the biggest issues today is signing an agreement and no knowing what you’ve agreed to. Here are some thoughts to ponder upon or you could turn them into questions to ask dog breeders.
Breeders can stipulate they can claim all rights to the dog. You; however, will be the adopter, pay for food, vet bills and everything else, but the dog will never rightfully be yours according to the breeder’s contract.
There is evidence to suggest that the government views things differently with contractual agreements. They may take into consideration who paid for the dog, who fed and cared for the dog. When you pay for something it should be naturally yours.
The benefit of this type of contractual agreement is that if you decide the dog isn’t for you or he becomes severely ill, he can be returned to the breeder as you don’t have full ownership.
- What after services should they provide?
They should offer 24/7 free support for the life of the animal. The dog should be welcomed back at no extra cost should you be unable to look after it due to unforeseen circumstances, this should include free pick up for re-homing.
- What are hip scores?
Add up both sides of the hips, the lower the hip scores the better. Number one being the best and after ten, you should avoid.
- If you’re buying a puppy, can you see the parents and possibly the grandparents?
You should never buy a puppy if you’re not can’t see the parents. Not being able to see the grandparents isn’t an issue, but they should be on the birth certificate.
- How long can you view the dog for?
Reputable breeders will allow you to view their dogs for as long as you want. When viewing our Abner, we stayed at the dog compound over night, and he even slept with us and our other dogs. We had an opportunity to integrate. It’s easier this way.
- Do the puppies have an education program?
Not all breeders provide this, but if they do, it’s a bonus.
Puppies are should really be trained, socialized with strangers, and other dogs, and weaned before you buy. This was the case with one of my dogs.
- Other questions to ask dog breeders should include flea treatments, worming and vaccinations
Dogs should have been treated for fleas, vaccinated and wormed, and everything should be up-to-date. Proof of purchase and all vaccinations etc should be documented and given to you. Check all paperwork carefully.
Never buy a dog or hand over your money to breeders without reviewing all the paperwork and under no circumstances do not leave a compound without the papers. Double check you have been given the right paperwork.
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Questions to ask dog breeders before buying
Here is a summary of the questions to ask dog breeders
- Are they licensed to sell?
- Are they recommended by an animal welfare officer?
- What is their history?
- Are they members of any business federations?
- Check the dog breeders qualifications and/or experience. Who have they worked with and how long have they been in business?
- Are their breeds top class?
- Have the dogs been DNA tested for any genetic illnesses?
- Do they offer contractual agreements?
- Do they offer a free re-homing service, in case you fall ill?
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