So you want to get a puppy? And of course you want a healthy one with as much assurance as possible that it will always be healthy. Indeed, responsible breeders share that hope and undertake a series of tests to determine that the parents are not carrying any of the genetic defects that can influence long term health such as hip dysplasia, degenerative myelopathy, cardiac disease etc. Established breeders are usually members of both their national club and their breed club, both of which will have a code of responsible breeding which they agree to follow. They also are careful that the parents are not related too closely to each other and to feed a good diet, both to the pregnant bitch and to her puppies. These considerations apply to all puppies, whether purebred or crossbred. Unfortunately there are a lot of puppies that are offered for sale whose parents have not been screened and/ or have not been fed as well as they might have. Of course, these tests and good feeding add to the breeder’s costs so one clue as to the level of care is whether the puppies that are being offered for sale at a lower price and also whether they are being offered on social media. Established breeders, particularly of purebred dogs, usually have waiting lists of hopeful buyers because of their reputation for offering healthy pups, and so do not resort to social media outlets.
There are a number of questions that you can ask the breeder that should address these concerns;
Have they been breeding long?
Have they tested the parents for genetic elements defects?
Can they provide family trees for the parents?
Are they members of their national dog club (e.g. Canadian Kennel Club or American Kennel Club) and of their breed club?
Have any of their puppies in previous litters shown behavioural problems?
Will they, the breeder, provide lifelong assistance if asked?
Will they take the dog back at any time in its life, regardless of the reason for seeking rehoming?
What form of heath guarantee do they offer (usually a year) ?
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