- What is a dog breeder responsible for?
- Why do we need dog breeders?
- How do you make sure your puppy is not from a puppy mill?
- Is it illegal to backyard breed?
- Will a breeder take a puppy back?
- What should I look for in a breeder?
- How do you introduce yourself to a dog breeder?
- Does animals mate with siblings?
- What does it mean to have no breeding rights?
What is a dog breeder responsible for?
Dog breeders are responsible for producing purebred puppies designed as future show dogs, companion animals, or breeding stock.
Why do we need dog breeders?
Responsible breeders want to produce the healthiest dogs possible. They are acutely aware of the genetic diseases common in their breed and perform specialized health testing on their dogs before breeding them so they can avoid breeding dogs who might pass on faulty genes.
How do you make sure your puppy is not from a puppy mill?
Here are some tips to avoid adopting from a puppy mill:
- Avoid pet stores, newspaper ads, and great deals online! Many puppy mills supply local pet stores with false information.
- Visit the breeder and ask questions! Ask to see the entire facility where the dogs are bred and kept.
- Adopt from a shelter or rescue instead!
Is it illegal to backyard breed?
Backyard Breeding Laws
Unfortunately, at this time, laws against backyard breeding are not in effect. The law only punishes actions resulting in direct animal cruelty and abuse, albeit backyard breeding in most cases is not considered abuse.
Will a breeder take a puppy back?
Even if the warranties were originally for only a couple of years, and your dog is now 10, call the breeder! Responsible breeders can not only help with problems, but will most always take back any animal of their breeding, any time, even years later. They truly care about the fates of all the animals they produce.
What should I look for in a breeder?
The breeder should encourage you to spend time with one or both parents on your visit. The parents should be friendly and socialize well with both people and other dogs. Their pups should have the same demeanor, be clean and energetic.
How do you introduce yourself to a dog breeder?
To start this process, you will first want to get the contact information for a few potential breeders. Then, send them a quick email or make a phone call in which you introduce yourself and explain your interests in dog ownership. Ask them multiple questions about their breeding philosophy.
Does animals mate with siblings?
Dogs and cats don’t grow up with social restraints that discourage copulation between siblings, so when they reach puberty, littermates can and do spontaneously mate. Some animal breeders purposefully pair brothers and sisters to maintain bloodlines and develop desired pedigree-associated characteristics.
What does it mean to have no breeding rights?
With no breeding rights, puppies won’t be able to be registered later with the kennel club of choice. The Animal Welfare Act was created to protect the wellbeing of dogs, and therefore, as a responsible and ethical breeder, it is important to follow its rules, obligations, and laws.