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Buying A Show Quality Dog From A Professional Breeder

Gemma | October 27th, 2008
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Some of you would absolutely love to own a puppy that could aspire to becoming show ring material. If this is the case, it is important to realize that the breeder has no way of knowing how well an 8-week old puppy will turn out as a top-notch show dog.

In fact, no reputable breeder will ever guarantee a tiny puppy as a show dog. If a breeder does make this claim, then be adamant about making your skepticism known.

What the breeder can say, which is perfectly acceptable, is from all appearances at this time, the puppy seems to be of show quality and if no major faults develop, he could be a great show prospect. Then it is up to you to ask what the faults are (major and minor), and keep your eyes open for them.

Breeder Contracts

At times, if a puppy is thought to be pretty outstanding, but the breeder does not want to keep the puppy at the kennel, you may be asked to sign a contract stating that you will show the dog. If the puppy is a female, you may be asked to sign a contract stating that you will allow your new dog to be bred ONLY to a male of the breeder’s choice.

You may also be asked to co-own the puppy along with the professional breeder. This would mean that you are not the sole owner, and that your partner has a say in all matters pertaining to the puppy you take home.

When you set out to purchase your show-quality puppy, remember that no one is forcing you to buy that particular dog. If you do, and the time comes for you to live up to any agreements you have made, it would be completely unfair to have complaints. Contracts and agreements should be well thought out in advance. There are plenty of puppies to be purchased from the same breeder without any contracts involved.

When The Breeder Is Out Of State

The breeder of your choice may live too far way for you to be able to inspect the premises, and the dog you are getting. In such cases, ask for pictures of the puppy, as well as pictures of both parents. This way, you will not be surprised if you have never seen a puppy of that particular breed.

Some new owners can be very shocked when a tiny, skinny, coatless puppy arrives on their doorstep when they were expecting a small replica of an adult dog. The photographs will also give you some idea of the actual size of the puppy will be. If the photographs do not satisfy your curiosity, ask for the height and weight of the parents.

If you plan on having your new puppy shipped to you, try to make sure that he is on a non-stop flight so that you know he will not be waiting at some airport for endless hours, scared half out of his mind. Be at the airport yourself, to pick up your new friend. Chances are, the little guy will be confused and very upset, and he’ll need you at that time, more than ever.

Purebred Puppies Are Worth Every Penny!

Alan | October 23rd, 2008
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What you pay for your new dog depends to a large extent on the particular breed you want, how popular it is when you want it, what part of the country you live in, and the time of year you decide to buy the dog.

If you are shopping for a new dog during Thanksgiving or Christmas, holiday seasons, prices can be on the high side, because the demand is that much greater.

The price range for a good eight week old puppy will vary from about $500 (pet quality) to approximately $3,000 on up (a show dog prospect). The high price being a puppy who comes from a pedigreed line which has a history of champions.

If a puppy has fully grown out and is about eight to 12 months old, the price has been known to shoot up to as much as $10,000 or more.

Do Smaller Dogs Cost Less?

The size of a breed has nothing to do with the cost of the puppy. Many toy breeds, such as the Poodle or Yorkshire Terriers, are expensive, simply as a result of supply and demand. Since the demand for them is so great, it is not unusual that the entire litter is sold even before it arrives. Smaller dogs are easier to care for, less expensive to maintain, and require far less living space.

A female will usually be less expensive than a male unless she exhibits a great show potential. In that case, she will cost more because a great female puppy will be the foundation stock of a future breeding line. Many people do not wish to purchase a female simply because they don’t want the problem of dealing with newborn puppies, which will happen unless the animal is spayed. However, as far as being good pets, females are every bit as good as males and some people even feel females learn quicker, and easier.

Unscrupulous Breeders

As in any business, there will occasionally be found unscrupulous breeders with whom you might make contact with from time to time. Fortunately, they are soon discovered and ferreted out by members of their own profession who described him as the cancer of the breeding world. Word travels very rapidly throughout the doggie world.

In your search for the ultimate puppy, please take your time and do not rush in and buy the first dog you fall in love with. No matter how irresistible he may be, make sure he is exactly what you want. Check out other litters. In other words, shop around a bit before buying. Hopefully, the dog will be living with you for the rest of his or her life, and a good part of yours.

Buying From A Backyard Breeder

Peter | October 21st, 2008
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One type of breeder that offers puppies for sale is known as the backyard breeder. These people should never be confused with the small professional breeder. The backyard breeder can be considered the bad apple in the barrel.

Low-Priced Puppies, Only $50.00!

This type of headline can be found all across every newspaper and small advertising publication throughout the country, each and every day. The puppies advertised are rarely, if ever, what they seem. Even if the puppies are from purebred parents, they are not bargains for they are usually the result of indiscriminate breeding. You can never be absolutely sure of what you are getting.

A Prime Example Of The Typical Backyard Breeder Sale

Mrs. Collins had been given a Collie a few years back. Several people commented on how gorgeous the dog was and, If you ever breed her, I’ll buy one of the puppies from you. Then Mrs. Collins moved into a new neighborhood in which her neighbor also had a pet Collie. At a certain time of the year, both dogs developed a tremendous liking for one another. Dollar signs began to register in the minds of both owners.

Approximately 2 months later, nine puppies had been born. Once the initial cuteness of the adoring newborns had worn off, Mrs. Collins discovered that she, and she alone, would have to bear the full brunt of this litter. She never factored in the high costs involved in puppy shots, food, worming medications and other veterinarian fees. Now after about 8 weeks, all of the puppies are weaned from the mother and Mrs. Collins is stuck feeding the entire group.

All of the I can’t wait to buy a puppy from you friends have conveniently disappeared. Then one day Mrs. Collins discovers that she is only allowed a specific number of dogs on the property, as outlined in the apartment rules. Now she is faced with a fact: these purebred Collies must now be dumped!

Full of worms, and not inoculated against anything, Mrs. Collins is faced with three choices. She can dump them off on some unsuspecting pet shop, take them to the animal shelter, or place an ad in the local paper and try to recoup some of her money.

So, this litter of Collie puppies end up in the Sunday newspaper. No one will know until it’s too late that the puppies will have terrible temperaments. Nobody checked the pedigrees (if in fact there had been any to begin with) to find out exactly what was behind the two Collies who had been mated.

I am using the term mated instead of bred because true breeding is a science that takes time, skill, and devotion to creating the healthiest puppies possible. Backyard breeders like Mrs. Collins have no clue as to what it takes to create a real purebred puppy. So beware of buying cheap pets from your local newspaper.

Consequently, if you are disgruntled over the high prices that professional breeders are asking for their puppies, remember that breeding and raising good dogs is not a cheap investment. Puppies must be given the best food available, including vitamins and mineral supplements. Veterinary fees are not cheap. The professional breeder knows all of these things. And all of these reasons are why buying a good puppy from a professional breeder is worth every dollar you spend.

The Small Professional Breeder – Part 2

Alan | October 18th, 2008
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Shopping for a new puppy through a small professional breeder is one of the best choices you could make. These breeders offer much more personal help with questions and interests than larger breeder organizations do, and with more respected care for their puppies than you could possibly imagine.

However, as mentioned previously, small breeders are absolutely meticulous with choosing the right family for their pups. Do you have any children? If so, how many do you have and what are the ages? are example questions you will be asked. And these questions are important to the devoted breeder, as in many instances, very young children are unintentionally cruel to small puppies.

The small professional breeder will also want to make sure that the children, no matter what ages, will not be solely responsible for the puppy’s welfare. Youngsters’ interests wane quickly. As great as their intentions, basketball practice or a new boyfriend can readily replace the constant attention first given to the family’s new puppy.

Do you work? Who is at home during the day? These should be self-explanatory. No puppy should be left alone all day to fend for itself. It certainly cannot be expected to housetrain itself, or teach itself the necessary do’s and don’ts of family membership.

How many dogs have you previously owned? This is the clincher. If you have owned quite a few, be prepared to explain what’s become of them. If, for one reason or another, they have disappeared in rapid succession, it isn’t too much for the breeder to expect that his puppy will join their ranks and turn you down as a customer.

What Difference Does It Make? What Business Is It To The Breeder?

The answer is: PLENTY! If he was on his hands and knees helping his female give birth to the litter, helping her rub life into their little bodies, up nights feeding them with an eye dropper to make certain each pup got its fair share of food then yes, the small breeder will make it his business to make sure that the life he helped into this world is destined for a good home!

The small professional breeder is seldom in the breeding business to make money. They may make money boarding, they may make money with grooming, or even handling dogs in the show ring, but they know there’s no profit in raising two or three litters each year. They firmly believe that the litters they raise are absolutely the best specimens of their favored breed.

You Are Getting The Best Of The Best

By careful and selective breeding, these small breeders have attempted to eliminate any and all known faults, and to improve certain characteristics of the breed. Truly, theirs is a labor of love. You may have to pay a lot more for the puppy you select, but trust me when I say this; the small professional breeder has invested more time, love, and attention in the puppy then what he is being paid for, guaranteed!

One Last Note About Small Professional Breeders

Some small breeders do not like doing business at a distance. Do not be disappointed if you hear: Oh I’m sorry, we do not ship puppies but if you’d like to come and see us, we’ll be very happy to meet you.

In essence, these breeders know that puppies are trusting little bundles of love and they feel that it is their responsibility to do everything in their power to guarantee the most loving and permanent home possible.

The Small Professional Breeder – Part 1

Alan | October 13th, 2008
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If your new puppy hasn’t eaten as much as you think he should, if he sneezes once too often for your liking, if he howls all night when you think he should be adjusted to his new surroundings then you can thank your lucky stars that you purchased the little guy from a small professional breeder.

Help is usually just a simple phone call away. Small professional breeders are like the Doctors back in the days whom, just like in those old television shows, would rush right over if anyone in the family had a cold, always ready and available with a sympathetic ear and good solid advice!

Small professional breeders are usually true and devoted dog lovers in every sense of the word. They are normally very active in breed clubs whose goal is the betterment of the breed. These devoted animal lovers literally eat, sleep, breath, and live for dogs! You can find them ringside at local dog shows and at dog matches. They are professionals, but the smaller breeder is lucky if he or she financially breaks even at the end of the year. For them, it is not about the money at all, it is for the dogs.

Small Professional Breeders Are Very Careful About Selecting New Owners

In dealing with a larger breeder, one gets the feeling that they really care where their puppies wind up; but be prepared when taking on the small professional breeder, because specific questioning they may make you feel like the FBI or the CIA are all conspiring to gather as much information about you as possible!

At times, prospective buyers have found this to be offensive, but actually, it is to be admired. These breeders breed on an average scale. Chances are they have only five or six dogs in their kennel. Some small breeders have only two the male and the female.

The small professional breeder usually will have one or two litters a year, which are products of carefully planned breeding, infinite care, and patience. To place these puppies with the right people becomes the breeder’s sole reason for being. Some small breeders make baby adoption agencies seem pale by comparison.

Be prepared for such questions as: Do you have a fenced in yard? Are there any other dogs in your house? How many and how old are they? What are their sexes? Where are they kept? Where are you planning to put your new puppy? How much time during the day are you able to spend with your new puppy? What about the weekends?

These questions make a good deal more sense than the novice puppy buyers can sometimes understand. Many buyers do not give sufficient thought to the proper adjustments that the new puppy will have to make in his different surroundings. He will be in a new home, having left the only one he has ever known, plus the people who loved and cared for him, as well as his littermates.

The Large Professional Breeder – Part 2

Peter | October 9th, 2008
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Large professional breeders are able to supply you with an amazing amount of detailed information on the dog that interests you. In addition to pedigree information, an exercise and diet program specific to that breed, and records of behavior through the bloodline, you will also receive a health record showing the dates that the puppy received his inoculations, what type, and how many more are needed.

Registration papers are also provided, along with instructions on how to properly submit them to the American Kennel Club so that your new puppy becomes registered with his new name, the name that you have selected for him.

Large Professional Breeders Will Work With You Easily On Any Problems

There are instances when a dog will develop a congenital illness. The dreaded hip dysplasia in may of the medium and large-sized breeds and progressive retina disease found in Collies and Shetland Sheepdogs are two problems which can occasionally slip by even the most cautious professional breeder.

If by chance your new puppy does develop such an inherited defect, the large kennel is normally in a position to make necessary adjustments. This is usually accomplished by refunding your money or providing you with another selection. Not that it eases the hurt of losing perhaps the pup you fell in love with, but it helps to know that the intentions of the breeder are honorable. It wold be wise to reach such an understanding before your purchase is made.

1st Class Travel Arrangements & The Utmost In Care For Your New Puppy

Because the kennel is large and there is usually ample space, many breeders will be in a position to provide you with the unparalleled service of boarding your dog with someone you trust. Facilities for grooming might also be available and this comes in very handy, especially for those dogs who need fancy stripping and clipping.

Many kennels will refuse to ship a puppy by air, while others will ship only when driving distances are too lengthly. Some have been known to deliver a puppy personally, and others will use the airlines claiming that they have had no problems with air travel safety.

If you decide to purchase your puppy from a professional breeder outside of your immediate area, your correspondence with that breeder should include which sex you prefer your new puppy to be, the color you would like, and whether you want pet, breeding, or show prospect stock.

The Large Professional Breeder – Part 1

Peter | October 5th, 2008
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Generally speaking, there are three different types of breeders: the large professional breeder, the small professional breeder, and what is usually referred to as the backyard breeder. Today we will discuss the advantages of buying your puppy from a large professional breeder.

When, and if, you find yourself dealing with a large kennel, you can best bet that you will be involved with people who have been in the breeding business for a long time. They will know what they are talking about. Running a large operation such as that requires a great deal of time, skill, money, and most importantly, a deep passion for their work.

Large Professional Breeders Have Plenty Of Staff Members & Quite The Selection

Many large kennel owners have managers who run things for them. However, if you wish to talk to the owner and make your final purchase from him, by all means do so. If for some reason he can’t be found, tread very slowly. You have every right to culminate any business dealings with the owner if you wish.

Another advantage of dealing with a large kennel is that the selection is usually pretty great. The people and the service you find there may not be as personal as the smaller kennels, but you’ll be able to choose from a large assortment of colors and ages. A more mature dog should be considered if you don’t feel like going through training and time required by the very young puppy.

More Than Enough Information Provided On The Dog You Have Interests In

The professional breeder will be able to discuss the puppy you’re interested in, and very thoroughly. He will know the sire and the dam and will be able to give you detailed information on the pedigrees. You will be able find out about the temperament of the parents, how others in the litter have fared, or how previous litters from the same parents have fared. You will be able to see obedience records, and championships that have come down through the lineage of that particular puppy you are considering purchasing.

You will be given specific information on a feeding and exercise program which can carry your puppy right through to maturity. This may seem novel, but it’s incredible how many dog owners are at a loss when it comes to giving their pet the appropriate amount of exercise which is necessary for that particular breed.

The large professional breeder can tell you the amount of grooming the puppy should have, whether or not he sheds, and how much. Certain breeds shed more profusely than others, and many a new dog owner has been horrified when they have found hairs from a German Shepherd on the couch. My wife hates all of that hair! or He is a short-haired dog, I didn’t think he would shed so much! is usually the complaints before the hapless dog is resold or dropped off at the local animal shelter.

The Best Places To Find A Professional Breeder

Alan | October 2nd, 2008
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What steps should be taken when deciding on who and where to buy a new puppy from when giving the little pup as a Christmas gift or a birthday present?

The first step is to make sure that the person or family really and truly wants a new puppy, and is totally prepared to assume the responsibilities. The second step, and equally important, is to make sure that you are getting the right breed of dog for the right person.

All breeds are not for all people. No two dogs are ever exactly alike, and temperament and behavior characteristics vary tremendously within the different breeds. Many a retired couple has wound up with a loud, whiny, hyperactive little terrier who would have been far better off in a home filled with active children. Situations like this can easily be avoided with a little advanced preparation and a little research having been instituted.

Do Your Research & Look Past The Puppy Stage

Most buyers have a particular breed in mind before they set out to purchase their puppy. But their preferences are frequently based on how cute that type of puppy is, without much thought to what it will grow into.

Regardless of what your breed preference is, it would be wise to have one or two alternates in mind so you can make comparisons between them. It is quite possible you could be in love with a Great Dane on Sunday, but find yourself falling in love with a Chihuahua the following Tuesday.

Dog Shows Are Invaluable For Getting To Know Different Breeds

One of the best places to begin making breed comparisons is at a dog show. There, you’ll be able to see some of the best specimens of many breeds and how well they behave under adverse conditions.

Watch the dogs perform in the obedience rings. Watch the dogs working under control of their handlers. Talk to the exhibitors on the sidelines and get some first-hand information from them. Most professional breeders carry business cards and would be most happy to have you drop by their kennels for a closer look at their particular breed.

A word of caution: Always call beforehand or make a definite appointment whether you have spoken to the breeder personally or obtained his name from your local veterinarian. Never march into a candle unannounced. You may be surprised if you do. You may not be allowed to go through the kennel, handle any of the dogs, or for that matter, even see any of them. There are many good reasons for this and it does not mean that the breeder is hiding anything. It might be feeding or grooming time, or they may be in the process of cleaning the kennels, or preparing to leave for a dog show.

The Best Places To Find A Professional Breeder

The best place to find a professional breeder is in the breeder and classified advertising section of dog magazines or at dog shows. Then too, readers are usually members of their breed’s specialty club, and even various dog training clubs. The Yellow Pages of your telephone book will also yield the names and addresses of a variety of breeders. Many professional breeders list their names with local veterinarians who are always willing to pass their information along to you.

How To Get The Most From Your Breeder By Educating Yourself

Peter | August 24th, 2008
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One of the top aspects of being a reputable breeder is that they should know what type of behavior to expect from his puppies as they grow into adulthood, known as temperate.

Although it is easy to predict the future temperament of a litter by observing their parents, the right breeder has the knowledge and understanding of the breed that goes way back to it’s history. This knowledge and understanding gives the breeder a better insight of his dogs’ behavior and temperament. He can tell you why his dog behaves a certain way, its personality, and what drives the dog to do certain things and act the way it does.

A good breeder can also tell you his puppy’s strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, and what changes to expect as it gets older (physically and mentally). Does it enjoy being around children? Does it get along with strangers and other animals? Is it needy or independent? What are its grooming and exercise needs? Is it a good watchdog? The right breeder should be able to answer these questions and more.

It is important for him to make sure that you, the potential buyer, are well equipped with the necessary tools and information to create the best home for the puppy. Furthermore, a responsible breeder will want to make sure that the puppy will be happy living in your home and that you all are the ideal family for it.

Arm Yourself With Breed Conformation Information

A breed conformation is defined as a specific way of describing a certain breed; the shape, size, and structure there are common with the standard type of breed.

Before visiting a breeder, you should check the official breed standard of the particular breed you’re looking for. The official breed standard is posted on the website. By checking the site, you will have the knowledge of what the puppy is supposed to look like before you make the purchase. In addition, you won’t be fooled by a dishonest breeder into giving him more money for something that is allegedly a rare size, color, or look, but is actually a disqualifying or severe fault.

An honest breeder conforms to the standard of the breed and will only sell puppies with disqualifying or severe faults for a lesser price (up to 50% off). He should let you know that these puppies are less expensive because they are considered as pet-quality dogs and not show-quality dogs.

Finding A Professional Breeder That Puts Health First

Alan | August 19th, 2008
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If you are thinking about getting a specific pure bred puppy, the best route is to go to a professional breeder. And if you want to make sure that the purebred puppy is in great health, has a sound temperament, and one that will match with your personality and lifestyle, then you need to find an honest and knowledgeable breeder, one that will help you find that perfect puppy.

The Importance Of Finding The Right Breeder

Nowadays, finding a reputable breeder is not as easy as it used to be. Many self-proclaimed breeders are nothing more than regular dog owners practicing backyard breeding. Many of these backyard breeders lack proper knowledge, history, and understanding of the breed, other than the one that they own.

Therefore, you need to do a thorough research and find a legitimate breeder, one who is also honest and well educated about specific dog breeds. A reputable breeder should be able to give you pertinent information about his puppies, as well as answer questions you may have regarding the breed, even after you have purchased the puppy. Most importantly, a reputable breeder should have genuine interest and love for his dogs.

One advantage of going to a breeder is that he has first-hand experience and knowledge of raising that specific dog breed. These are two important factors that he can pass down to you which will help you raise a healthy and happy dog. Reliable breeders are concerned about many aspects of their dogs, with health being number one.


A reputable breeder’s top priority is to make sure that his puppies are free of genetic diseases that are common and dangerous to that specific breed. For instance, a breeder of Labrador retrievers should test their puppies for, at the least, diseases and disorders that are common with the breed, such as developmental diseases of the bone and joint, retinal dysplasia, and tricuspid dysplasia.

That breeder should all have an updated certificate for eye evaluation obtained from the Canine Eye Registration Foundation that ensures the puppy does not have genetic eye disease. The results of the eye evaluation should be registered at the Canine Health Information Center, where potential buyers and owners can go to and check the results.