Once you have carefully narrowed down the breed, it is just as important to choose a breeder of quality stock.
A conscientious breeder:
- Screens buyers to ensure that this particular breed is compatible the buyer’s lifestyle, and that they can properly care for the dog.
- Tests breeding stock for hereditary defects and presents documentation to buyers.
- Guarantees pups against hereditary defects and will take the pup back for any reason.
- Explains bad and good characteristics of the breed (preferably in that order).
- Encourages buyers to see and touch the sire and dam. If the sire is not on the premises, the breeder should offer to show photos.
- Only breeds dogs which have sound, family-oriented temperament.
- Supplies information on feeding, house training and grooming.
American Kennel Club registration papers are no indication of a quality or a concerned breeder. AKC registration simply means the dog is a product of a registered purebred sire and dam of the same breed. Unfortunately, many breeders of AKC stock have no concern for health, appearance or temperament of dogs. Determine the credibility of a breeder by the attention he pays to the six important points mentioned earlier rather than the boast of AKC registration.