1. First and foremost, find a hobby breeder. (One that shows their dogs and is not in it for the money)
2. A good breeder will want to know as much about you and your situation as you do about him/her and won’t sell you the dog just because you have the money.
3. When invited into the breeder’s home or kennel, observe the dogs for temperament and their general wellbeing.
4. Ask how long he/she has been involved in breeding dogs.
5. Expect the breeder to put all of the conditions of the sale in writing.
6. A good breeder will give a health guarantee and a detailed health record.
1. An ethical breeder will be willing to take back the dog in the event that the new owner can no longer keep or no longer wants the dog.
Things to Watch Out for While Looking to Purchase a Puppy
Avoid the following:
1. Breeders that advertise a variety of sizes such as teacup, toy, miniature, pocket, etc. There is no such thing as a Teacup Chihuahua.
2. Those that advertise registries such as APR, AAR, ACA, CKC, WWKC. These registries do not maintain the standards of the AKC (American Kennel Club)
3. Breeders that advertise one price for registered puppies and a lower one for those without papers. Ethical breeders do not sell puppies without documentation.
4. Breeders that sell puppies that are less than 8 weeks old.
5. Breeders that advertise puppies for sale over the internet and will ship puppies anywhere as long as people can afford to pay the asking price.
6. Breeders that advertise more than two breeds for sale.
7. Breeders that sell puppies at Flea Markets, shopping mall parking lots, or at the side of the road.
Purchasing a dog is not like buying an item in a department store that you can return if it is defective. People form attachments to their pets in very short periods of time. The dog becomes a member of the family and because of this people sometimes set themselves up for heartache by purchasing an unhealthy animal from an unethical breeder. Because of this attachment, some people won’t return the dog even if it was stipulated in the sales agreement if there was one.
Thanks for the info. I have been doing lots of research. I am excited to purchase my first pup. I want a chi so bad, but I do not want to make a hasty decision just to get one. I really want to know everything there is to know so that my new pup and I can have the BEST experience possible. Thanks again.
I'm kind of curious...so a chi that is papered anything other than AKC is not what you would consider worth considering or looking at? I do agree that AKC has been around a long time and have strong ideas on what standard should be and is, but that is not to say that all of the other registries are not trying to do the same. One of my chi's is AKC/CKC reg and the other is CKC reg and neither is any different from the other. Both are gorgeous and very well tempered.
I have read plenty that there are many out there that breed AKC reg dogs that should not be. Those breeders do nothing for the breed and produce quite a few litters just for a way of living. People purchase these puppies because they are AKC reg and look down on those other puppies that are well taken care of and properly bred because they are other than AKC reg. I think ultimately the thing that people have to be able to do is go and look at the puppies and the parents. Meet the breeder, see the living condition, be sure that you are completely comfortable with the breeder and that they provide the same information that the "AKC" breeders give (documentation from registry as well as from vet). I just think that there is a lot of hype on registry and not enough on the breeder and their ethics.
Sorry, I guess I just felt like defending my little guy that's CKC registered. I love him and think the world of him. I knew the breeder of my little man and made sure I met the parents and I also was able to meet the g-parents on both sides...none of which were owned by the breeder, just happened to go and meet the g-parents as well! Weird I know, I just felt like I needed to go and see them as well. Anywho! I just thought I'd say this for my little man's defense. There is a lot of good advice though in Ln's post that all should definitely keep in mind.
***Edited By: tinag1173 on 2/16/2005 2:40:29 PM*** Reason: add
I was wondering if someone would comment on the AKC only registration. I think if you are looking for the AKC standard then definitely buy from someone who is strictly AKC. If you don't mind what registration it is and are looking only for a pet and not too worried about whether it would fit the AKC standard then like you said, you saw the parents and you have a good breeder, by all means not a problem. I wondered too if some breeders just say that so they cut some of the competition. I don't know. It all depends on what you are looking for. I don't think any less of your baby for being CKC registered. The main thing is a responsible breeder no matter what the registry. I know there are some unethical AKC breeders out there I wouldn't touch.
I guess for me, it's not the registry that's the issue, it's when a breeder has a ton of puppies that have a ton of different registries. That screams puppy mill or BYB to me. If they have a few Chihuahuas that are CKC registered, I think they can be just as legitimate. But, like you guys said, you have to check out the breeder and their living conditions. But when they have like 10 Chihuahuas, and you can literally pick up a puppy and it's a different registry from the one laying next to it, that's a little scary...
I agree completely about what both of you stated. I do believe that if someone is breeding a lot with all different registries then I would definitely be worried. There is not a reason for a breeder to do this. There is no way that any one breeder can really take care of their chi's (in my opinion) as family members if they have more than probably 4. It's very easy to become addicted to these little guys and want more, but as far as breeding there would be no way of taking care of all those chi's and the babies the way that I would want my newest baby to be taken care of if I was looking for a new chi. I didn't mean to get all weirdo in my earlier post, I have just had people look at me weird after asking me if they are registered and what registry. It really does matter on the breeder. There are AKC registered chi's that don't meet standard as well. So that is why it is very important for each potential new owner to see the parents. The offspring tend to be as their parents are. Thanks guys for bearing me!