Dog Breeding – How To Spot a Good Breeder

by Mary Haight on January 12, 2012

Dog breeding makes for a lively topic among animal welfare anddog breeding animal rights people, some incensed that anyone would breed dogs while millions are being killed, others thinking they like breed dogs and the work they do, still others thinking it’s too hard for the general public to wrap their heads around who’s who in this field.  Puppy millers and the pet shops whose main “stock” is mill dogs, have become expert at telling stories lying to the public.

There are posts across the web describing what to look for and look out for. The red flags often help people see what’s wrong with a place right away. First and foremost, if you can buy off the internet with no more than having the right amount of money, run, scurry, flee! Good breeders often ask more questions that shelters – they want their dogs placed in the *right* home for them. They guarantee their dogs and if you must give up the dog years later, they will take the dog back and that will be in a written contract.  Have the dogs been checked for genetic diseases, have they been OFA’d (orthopedic and genetic disease testing), CERF’d (certified free of eye diseases), do they have shots, worming, can you visit the breeding facility, does the breeder have the parent’s registration papers, can you see the parents, talk to others who have puppies from the breeder.  There’s more information on DogTime’s  checklist for good breeders.

There are also great guides available on how to spot a good breeder from sources like HSUS.  I suggest everyone take a look and keep a copy in case a friend starts gazing at pet shop windows. But for something more “in your face” I think Dr Lorie Huston’s interview with breeder Jacque Redford really gets to core of things in a way that printed materials can’t do.

What’s your take on breed dogs and breeding – maybe you’ll have a different opinion (maybe not) after you hear the interview.



Previous post:

Next post: