...screens their dogs for
genetic problems. They should be able to tell you about the genetic
problems in the breed and show proof that the parents of the litter are
free of those problems.
...does not breed dogs "to make money" or so "our children
can experience the miracle of birth." A reputable breeder breeds to
advance their breeding program and for their love and devotion to purebred
you the good points as well as the bad points of the breed. They want to
make sure you are fully aware of what to expect before you buy the puppy.
Cute little puppies grow into big dogs. Will you be happy when that cute
little ball of fuzz turns into an 80 pound, shedding fur
only breeds a litter if they intend on keeping something out of the
litter. They are breeding to further improve their breeding program,
not just to produce puppies for pet buyers.
...should be able to explain the reasoning
behind breeding a particular dog to a particular bitch. They should be
attempting to reach perfection as defined by the breed's standard. In the
attempt to reach this goal with the resulting puppies, they should be able
to explain the good points of each dog and what things they are trying to
improve. If when asked about the breed standard, the breeder looks at you
with a blank look on their face-RUN! If they don't know what a standard
is, they shouldn't be breeding dogs.
..should be able to provide you with a pedigree of
the puppies, not just a copy of the parents registration papers. A
pedigree usually has at least three generations of the puppies' ancestors
...does not breed a volume of puppies. A breeder with 7 adult bitches is
not going to breed all 7 in a single year. Bitches are only in very rare
cases bred on consecutive heat cycles.
...usually participates in some sort of
dog-related events such as dog shows (conformation), obedience, agility,
schutzhund, sled dog racing, herding, field trials, lure coursing, earth
dog trials, etc. They do something with their dogs.
...usually belongs to some sort
of dog club (i.e., all-breed club, obedience club, breed club,
willing to give you references from previous puppy buyers. Those new to
breeding should be able to give you references from other breeders
of their breed or dog club members. They aren't offended if you ask them
for references. Talking to references will help you to judge the
character of the breeder.
...may ask you for references or ask to visit you at your
home. The breeder wants to be sure that the housing or yard is suitable
for the dog. A large dog wouldn't necessarily do well in a small
apartment. Some breeds need to have a fenced yard with secure fencing for
their own protection. The breeder is looking for the ideal situation for
the puppy. They want the owner to be happy and not return the puppy
because it was ill suited for the environment or life-style of the
...believes in service after the sale. If a puppy buyer has
any questions regarding grooming, feeding, or training questions, the
breeder will be there for you long after the puppy is no longer a
usually insist puppies sold as pets be spayed/neutered or placed on an AKC
limited registration. The limited registration makes the dog exempt
from having any of its offspring registered by the AKC.
...will take back any dog of
their breeding at any age. Reputable breeders do not want to find out a
dog they bred has been left given up to an animal shelter or dumped by the
roadside. They assume a lifetime responsibility for the canine lives they
have put on this earth.
...would never sell puppies through a retail outlet,
animal broker, or laboratory.
HOW DO YOU FIND A REPUTABLE
Contact the American Kennel Club
at (919) 233-9767 to refer you to breeders in your area, or for Shibas,
visit the National Shiba Club of America Website at: