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Buying a Puppy from a breeder
Disreputable dog breeders, who are usually in the “puppy-farm” business just for the money, can wreak misery and death on the innocent animals that would otherwise be lifelong pets and friends.
There are some simple guidelines that, if followed, could put such people out of business, and give a dog a long happy life.
Trading Standards recommendations for buying a puppy
- Be wary of outlets offering more than one or two breeds
- When visiting the seller note the surroundings
- Visit the puppy more than once
- Ask to see the pedigree papers and ensure the breeder’s name is on the certificate
- The breeder should want to know about you too
- Ask to see the puppy with its Mother – be very suspicious if you can’t
Puppies bred commercially, indiscriminately and carelessly are likely to
- Develop disease
- Have temperamental problems
- Find adjusting to family life hard
- Be difficult to housetrain
- Suffer physical defects and have hereditary weaknesses
Think carefully before buying and do not buy the puppy because you feel sorry for it.
Dog Rescue Dog Rescue Resources
Finding a rescue centre
‘All-breed’ dog-rescue centres throughout the UK and Ireland can be found here grouped by area at Dog Pages with breed-rescues listed separately according to breed. Nearly one thousand contacts areincluded so thereshould be one near you.
While the larger charities are well known, there are many smaller rescue organisations, operating on small budgets but still doing a fantastic job. Not all these organisations have websites but these have been included where available. The larger charities, the Dogs Trust (formerly NCDL – National Canine Defence League), Battersea Dogs Home, the RSPCA and the Scottish SPCA, all have new online sites.
The Joy of Breeding Your Own Show Dog
Now back in print by popular demand-the only breeding book endorsed by top breeders
The bible of quality dog breeding, this guide is a must-have for novice and veteran breeders alike, covering everything from developing a viable breeding program based on pedigrees and genetics to whelping, raising, and socializing puppies. Now back in print with a new foreword by AKC Breeder of the Year Wendall Sammett, this book has long been the reference of choice for successful dog breeders.
Ann Seranne cobred and/or owned sixty-two Yorkshire Terrier champions, six Standard Poodle champions, and two Shih Tzu champions.
Explains the fundamentals of genetics, modern breeding systems, care of puppies and pregnant dogs, and how to evaluate young dogs according to breeding standards.
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