Once you’ve done your research and have decided on the perfect breed of dog to suit you and your lifestyle, you can then start the even more exciting task of finding your new best friend!
However, thanks to the internet, there’s now a serious proliferation of backyard breeders out there, many of whom look legitimate and make it seem as though they’re above board.
If you’re not careful, you could find yourself sourcing your new pup from a disreputable source and unwittingly supporting puppy farming, so it’s always wise to do due diligence and make sure that your choice of breeder is responsible and knows what they’re doing.
A responsible breeder will make time for you and be willing to chat on the phone, as well as arranging a time for you to come and meet the puppies, as well as their mother, in the place where they were born and raised.
They will also be happy to have more than one meeting with you before you take the pup home, so don’t be afraid to ask for this.
If they’re breeding and selling pets as a business, you can ask them to show you their local authority licence, which will help put your mind at ease. You should also receive genuine paperwork and certificates for their puppy vaccinations and worming, as well as any health test results.
Red flags to look out for that may indicate you’re dealing with a backyard breeder include puppies being sold underage, the person in question not being willing to answer your questions, a lack of knowledge about breeding in general and the breed they’re selling, and discouraging you from visiting.
With just a little bit of work on your part, it shouldn’t be difficult to find a reputable breeder, which will ensure that you take home a happy and healthy little pup. And you can always use The Kennel Club Assured Breeders service if you aren’t sure where to begin the search.
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