The Breeder

The breeder is extremely important when you choose your new pup

Picking a responsible breeder is even more important than ever.

In this world of puppy mills, over breeding of popular breeds, we need to select a reputable breeder.

There are all kinds of breeders

My neighbor Louise is the proud owner of beautiful little 3 year old female Shih Tzu named Mademoiselle.

Louise's sister Susan asked her to babysit her male Shih Tzu age 4 while she went on vacation.

During the first week, Mademoiselle became in heat and Louise could not keep the two dogs apart and the inevitable happened. About 64 days later Mademoiselle had 4 lovely little Shih Tzu pups.

Either Louise or Susan could keep the puppies, so Louise put an ad in the paper when the puppies reached 6 weeks old and she sold all 4.

Does this make Louise a breeder? Absolutely

But is she a responsible breeder?

She did not match the personalities of the parents to make sure the offspring would not come out as yappy pups for instance or that they would be strong or have a happy disposition.

Louise did nothing like that. She just let the couple mate without any idea of what kind of match it would make.

A responsible breeder is usually a professional who specializes in just a few breeds, sometimes only one.

This breeder knows everything about the breed or breeds he is raising.

He or she can properly select the best match in order to assure that the standard in the breed will be maintained and reflect on the new pups.

This will assure the good health of the new offspring is a certainty and will protect the new pups against malformation caused by in-breeding or breeding with one of the parents suffering from an invisible malformation or weakness and will also lessen the risk of getting diseases most common to the breed.

He will know how to match the parents in order to obtain the best possible character in the new babies.

The professional responsible breeder assures the parents get the best food, exercise, and all the attention and care they need during mating and gestation.

The same thing applies when the new puppies are born. This is the most crucial time for the proper development and growth of the puppies.

Take your time to select your breeder

Ask around, word of mouth is important. Usually a good breeder will receive good references.

Visit at least 3 kennels.

Talk to the breeders and ask plenty of questions.

A good breeder should:

Be able to explain the common genetic problems that exist within this breed.

Offer you references of dog owners which have purchased puppies through them.

Can provide you with guidance in general care and training needs specific to the breed.

Uses premium quality pet food to ensure adequate nutrition for the litter, as well as the mother and father in order to ensure adequate nutrition in the most important stages of growth.

Will ask questions about you – he should be concerned about where he places his dogs.

Will suggest that you visit your puppy more than once before choosing it.

Attend a dog show if you can

And check out the breeders and how they behave with there dogs.

It’s a good opportunity to find out more about the breeds you are considering.