When I got Kiba (my first dog ever) I just called up the lady, she asked a whole bunch of questions, and told me I had "passed". (My friend got two from her mother so I knew I was in pretty good hands).
Now I might be getting a Mini Aussie... and I dont know what I should ask. She said her cerf and ofa were good... should I ask to see records?
These are just a few questions to help aid in screening out the *types* of breeders.
1) How old is the female? Breeds only dogs over 2 years old, and a limited number of times
2) How many litters has she had? Rarely breeds as he does not use dog breeding as a business and strives for quality, not quantity. Puppies are sold from waiting list created before breeding even takes place
3) How frequently is she bred... every heat... every other heat?
4) What genetic (hereditary) testing has she had & the male? If no testing (or not all testing) has been done, then ask “why”? If they test, they should be able to provide you with documentation and ethical breeders will supply this without questioning you why you want it.
5) Where is the male located? (most are NOT living in the same household) Ask for pictures or the sire’s owners name/phone number so you can call them also.
6) What was the reason for the litter? Breeds to improve his/her own dogs, his/her bloodlines and the breed
7) What type of written guarantee & contract do they provide? What is in their guarantees & contracts? What do they require? A written guarantee & contract protects the PUPPY first, then the purchaser & breeder. Requires pups back if new homes don't work out
8) Ask for references.
9) Where are the puppies being raised? Inside, outside, garage, basement, in the *living* quarters of the house? Keeps pups with mom and litter a minimum of 49 days to ensure sibling socialization and important lessons from pups' mother. Leaving litter earlier can cause lifelong temperament problems or staying too long can hurt bonding with humans. Socializes pups by systematically handling them and exposing them to various noises, children and other animals before sending them to new homes
10) What vaccines & wormings have the puppies received?
11) What age do you allow the puppies to go to their new homes? 8 weeks
Study the breed standards! Do not be fooled by someone trying to sell a particular color as *RARE*. Genetic (hereditary) health testing on the parents is NOT the same as vet checked. Any dog can be vet checked.
Tails & dewclaws should have been removed by 3 - 5 days of age.
Puppies should be healthy looking, proper weight, with clear bright eyes. Nasal discharge (if any) should ONLY be clear, not green or yellow, or crusty. Puppies should be round, but not OVERLY round. (indication of worms)
Sells only to buyers with disposable income (AKC reports it costs $1327 per year to properly care for a dog)
Encourages or requires buyers to spay/neuter pet-quality pups
Encourages buyers to train pups; refers to good trainer
Should also have their pedigrees
***Edited By: Ln on 1/26/2005 9:49:05 AM*** Reason: more info