What is a Responsible Breeder?

What is a Responsible Breeder?
A responsible breeder...
  • breeds dogs because they admire a breed, never just for money, and is dedicated to promoting and protecting their chosen breed
  • takes the responsibility of breeding dogs very seriously
  • is proud of their dogs and is always pleased to show them ALL off and talk about
  • has spent time researching their chosen breed and pedigrees
  • cares who buys their puppies and will ask questions of any prospective purchaser to ensure they are able to provide a good, loving home for the rest of that puppy's life
  • will explain all about the breed the prospective buyer is interested in, to ensure that it is the right breed for them
  • ensures their breeding stock is tested for any hereditary problems known to be in their breed
  • ensures all dogs and puppies in their care are well looked after and correctly socialised
  • does not continually breed from one bitch, season after season, but allows them to recover between litters
  • will help to rehome any puppy that does not work out in its new home
  • supplies at least a puppy diet and care sheet, and often a lot more, when selling a puppy
  • does not sell their puppies to a third party (dealer or pet shop), but direct to the puppy buyer. Nor would they allow any of their dogs or puppies to be won in a raffle or sold at an auction
  • will ensure their puppies are wormed at the appropriate times
  • will not let their puppies leave home before seven weeks old
  • welcomes enquiries about their breed, whether or not they have puppies for sale



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Submitted: 13 Aug, 2006 (Edited 29 Jan, 2010)
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