Top questions to ask local dog breeders

Written by Jennifer Pitts

Here are some great tips and a guide of what questions to ask your local dog breeders when choosing a dog. This may seem an unusual topic but I believe it’s vital. When choosing your dog at the breeders compound many people forget they have rights. These rights are ‘to ask questions’, they are the one offering the service!

People see a dog they like at their local breeders such as a professional breeder or the RSPCA etc, they buy the dog and take it home; this is not the ideal way to buy a dog. Ideally, read through this article, print it and take it with you. When buying a dog opt for your local dog breeders if you can; if anything goes wrong, they’re always close to hand.

Checking out your local dog breeders

If you are thinking about buying a dog, be very scrupulous where you buy your companion. There are some extremely indiscriminate local dog breeders out there who have carelessly over bred. If any dog has been carelessly bred, they can become unstable, temperamental and unhealthy. Often, you won’t realize there’s a problem until you’re home or had the dog for a few weeks.

  • 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 the 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. Some local dog breeders can stipulate all rights to the dog. In this case you will be the adopter paying for food, vet bills and everything else, but the dog will never rightfully be yours according to the 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. However, 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 your local breeders as you don’t have full ownership, right?

This is particularly handy if you suddenly don’t have the financial means to provide for a very sick dog. This is nothing to feel guilty about as you’d be giving your dog a chance to live and not be euthanized by your vet. On a good note, some breeders are licensed to administer drugs so you may be offered a free service and get to keep your dog.

  • 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 the dog due to unforeseen circumstances, including free pick up for re-homing.

  • What are hip scores?group-of-dogs

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 present dog, we stayed at the dog compound over night, and Kaba even slept with us, we even took our foster dogs with us. This gave us an opportunity to integrate and checkout how well all the dogs would get along.

  • Do the puppies have an education program before buying?

Not all local dog breeders provide this service, but if they do, it’s a bonus. Puppies are trained, socialized with strangers and other dogs, they are also weaned before you buy. The ideal age to buy a puppy is from 8 to 12 weeks, the latter being the better choice if it’s possible.

  • Dogs need to be flea treated, wormed and vaccinated

Dogs should have been treated for fleas, vaccinated and wormed, 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 local dog breeders without reviewing all the paperwork, and under no circumstances leave a compound without the papers or the wrong paperwork.

About your local 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 your local dog breeders qualifications and/or experience. Who have t ey 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?

About the author

Jennifer Pitts

I love pets and I love animals. I have 2 dogs and 3 cats and it's not enough for me.

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