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Choosing a breeder

Please buy your puppy from a reputable breeder and not a pet shop or puppy farm. This is for your own benefit as well as your puppy's. Currently the best scheme for picking out a good breeder is the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme. Details of the scheme are available on their website.

Always make sure that you can see the puppy's mother and rest of the litter. Avoid meeting the breeder at a neutral place or at your home, most of these dogs will come from puppy farms. Never buy a puppy simply because you feel sorry for it. This will encourage disreptutable practices and bring you and your dog lots of heartache.

Don't be offended if the breeder asks you lots of questions, or if you have to wait for a puppy. They will have the dog's best interests at heart, this is a sign of a good breeder.

Make sure that all recommended health checks are done on both parents and puppies as appropriate, and ask to see the relevant certification. Hip scoring is all very well, but if the breeder is using dogs with very high hip scores, it rather defeats the object!

For further information on picking your puppy out of all the puppies in the litter and taking him home, please continue to browse this site.

Author: Helen

Published: 2011-09-14

Last modified: 2011-09-14

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