May 1, 2009, Newsletter Issue #44: Finding a Reputable Breeder

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Sometimes, searching for a puppy that is available right away isn't the best way to get a new dog. Instead, you may want to focus on finding a reputable breeder. Once you find a breeder you like, you may have to wait for a litter of puppies to be available, but getting a healthy, well adjusted puppy will make the wait worthwhile. To find a good breeder, you should ask a few questions.

Does the breeder belong to any dog related organizations? Joining breed clubs is a way for breeders to find out more about their dogs and to work with others to better the breed.

Are any of the breeder's dogs regulars in the show ring? A breeder who shows is trying to create dogs that have the right physical appearance and personalities that sparkle. This means that even pet quality puppies should be nice pets. Can the breeder give you several references? Don't just take a list of names and numbers and then forget to call them. People who don't have good references count on potential customers to forget to follow through. When you call the references, you may just find out that the breeder has some seriously disappointed pet owners on the reference list.

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