|Responsible breeders are registered with the state Canine Control Council. Only registered breeders can registere their puppies, so, genuine papers can only be provided by a registered breeder. This is not to say that all registered breeders are responsible and you still need to do your homework.
Responsible breeders, unless selling to a registered breeder, will generallyonly sell puppies on what is known as a 'limited register'. This means that you will not be able to breed with your dog and that you contract to neuter or spay your dog when appropriate. Council regulations are changing soon to incorporate this requirement by law.
A responsible breeder will provide you with all breed relevant information such as
...puppy/adolescent/mature dog dietry needs
...supplementary dietry needs
...vaccination history and needs
A responsible breeder will provide properly registered papers for your puppy. Beware - I have seen a Pet Shop receipt written up as "Congratulations, you have just purchased a pure bred ..........".
A responsible breeder will encourage you to stay in touch. Should you have any subsequent difficulty in keeping, or caring for your dog the breeder should be assisting you in placing the dog with a suitable family or person. They are in constant touch with 'the dog world' and will hear of any such suitable placement opportunities.
|Selecting a Breeder|
|You want a healthy, well tempered puppy. Getting a puppy is a little like having children - you really never can quite tell exactly what you are going to get or how it will turn out.
With puppies however, you can make some important choices and decisions that will ensure you have the best possible chance of having a long and happy relationship with a wonderful companion.
Your first decision of course is the breed. Preference for a certain breed can boil down to needs or simply "I've always had a ...........s.
A breed that you know and love is always a good start as you obviously know and love that particular breed. You will know the advantages and disadvantages - and there are nearly always some of both.
Your choice may depend on certain factors such as:
...dog coat shedding
...outside dog only
I once heard a family psychologist state that the man of the family should not be permitted to choose a dog. His reasoning for this was that most men would choose big impressive looking dogs and that few men are prepared to commit to a small and fluffy creature.
I mention this only to make sure that the Mums do not discount the many advantages of a small dog.
I do not want to be biased towards small dogs either but if you want MY reasoning, please email me.
|Pet Shops are a no go zone if you want to give yourself the best chance of a good, healthy, well bred and well tempered dog. Breeders who sell to or through pet shops do not care about where their dogs end up and therefore do not care about their dogs. If they do not care about their dogs, how on earth can they be doing their utmost to ensure healthy and happy dogs? Pet Shops encourage 'puppy farmers' and help provide them with a quick and easy point of sale. You will pay only marginally less [sometimes the same or more] than at a responsible breeder.
A responsible breeder will be as fussy about a buyer as a buyer should be fussy about a breeder. It works both ways.
Get to know your breeder. Look at the mother of your puppy and if possible the father as well. Check out the kennels. How well are the dogs cared for? Are all the kennel dogs happy and carefree? If you are not allowed access to see these things - why on earth not?
Your breeder becomes your friend and will help you with diet, grooming and other care. Your breeder is not a vet but can become your pre-vet stop or phone call with minor matters that might turn out to be routine [eg worming, vaccinations, tummy trouble].
Responsible breeders show their dogs. This is how they keep up with what is current and relevant. In showing their dogs they strive to improve quality and reduce [and eventually eliminating] problems such as hip displacure in larger dogs.
Responsible breeders have good dogs and therefore want to show their dogs. There is no money in dog showing but it is done for the good and mprovement of all breeds. To have a dog procliamed an Australian Champion, proves good breed qualities, good temperament and persistant efforts on the part of the breeder.
|The ghosted background image are:
On the left is:
Angus and Lucianne - ready for the Beerwah and Caboolture dog shows in November 2008
and top right
Hunter and Meg
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