Welcome to Lesson 9!

Do You Know How to Find A Good Dog Breeder?

Personally I don’t favour a pure breed over a mixed breed or the other way round.  I also don’t favour a puppy over an adopted adult. My goal is to help you figure out which one of these is right for you.  So I’m going to give you helpful tips on both.

You want a happy, healthy well adjusted pure bred puppy.  You’ll get that from a good breeder.  But just how do you find one?

There are lots of breeders about.  Many are absolutely brilliant.  Many are not.  You don’t want to unwittingly get sucked in by a puppy farm or backyard breeder who doesn’t know what they are doing or doesn’t care about you or your dog.  That route usually ends up in a poorly socialised, sickly dog often with behaviour problems.

Nearly 40% of puppy buyers buy from unsafe sources.

So in this lesson I give you vital pointers to people you DON’T want to do business with!

So what would be red flags on a breeder? Here are some top tips for spotting the bad ones:

  • Puppies for sale in small ads at ridiculously low prices – it’s probably a puppy farm or breeding for money
  • Mobile number only, no landline, no surname, no home address
  • Puppies not seen with their mothers (and where possible fathers)
  • Offering a discount for 2 puppies at a time, or ‘last one must go’ discount
  • Puppies offered for sale at less than 8 weeks old

A note about puppies at pet stores:

Most pet stores buy from puppy farms and should be avoided. 
Put simply, going to a pet shop for your puppy supports cruelty.  Don’t do it.

This is only a small snapshot of all the red flags you’d find if you were dealing with a puppy farmer or a ‘backyard breeder’ (a small scale operation which still only does it for the money).  But they’re often the most telling.

Best two top tips I can give you?

  1. Never buy a puppy from a pet shop
  2. Never buy a puppy you’ve not seen which is shipped directly to your door.

So let’s get onto finding a responsible breeder and someone who will look after you properly. What’s meant by a responsible breeder?  Well that’s a person who breeds for quality, understands what they are doing, spends the proper amount of money on their dogs, is ethical, honest and trustworthy and applies national kennel club rules on breeding.

Responsible breeding costs money.  Most excellent breeders don’t make a penny on their puppies, even if they are selling them for £750 ($1,000).  They do it for love.  Health screening, vets bills, puppy blankets, special food, vaccinations, registrations, papers etc all add up to a lot of investment in a healthy litter.

Finding a responsible breeder means going into detail.  This will ensure you get the right outcome – a happy, healthy dog that you’ll adore.

First you need to find places with information about dog breeders. There are plenty of places you can get this.  Start with your national Kennel Club, as they keep a register of breeders.  That’s what’s generally known as ‘Kennel Club registered’.  It shows the person has signed up to a code of conduct and policies around breeding and by doing this has effectively pledged to uphold the purity of the breed.

However please bear in mind the following:

  • I have met many people over the years who bought puppies from KC registered breeders that were not following Kennel Club policies.
  • Kennel club registration is also no guarantee of good care.  A friend of mine bought a Labrador puppy from a breeder in Essex.  He said the state of the house was ‘shocking’.
  • I had a Kennel Club breeder registration a few years ago. The kennel club didn’t check me out as a fit and proper person.  I am, but they weren’t to know! A lot of their registrations are done entirely on trust.

Having said that, there are excellent breeders out there and you need to find them.

What you do first is identify sources of information on dog breeders.  The internet is a great place to start.  But also look at where you will find dog people in real life, and what dog people do, and what they read to help you.  Vets practices, dog training schools and dog magazines are just a few to get you started.

Your top tip for this lesson is to find a breeder that several of your information sources all verify as being a good one to go to.

The next step is to go and meet a few. Talk to them.  Ask questions.  Don’t be persuaded to buy something – this is NOT the time! You need to check out enough breeders to be sure the one you are going to is worth your effort.

Remember that some breeders also have adult ex-show dogs or ex-breeding dogs for rehoming.  They might have something for you where all the hard work and training has already been done.

Lesson 9 coursework

List all the sources of information on dog breeders you can think of.  Look at where you will find dog people, and what dog people do, and what they read.

Remember this lesson is included in your free course book which you’ll be receiving soon.

Look out for Lesson 10 in your e-mails!

Bev x


P.S. There’s a lot more you can do to find yourself a good dog breeder.  It’s so important that I’ve devoted 2 whole chapters to this in the forthcoming book.  To be told when the book’s ready, just drop your details in here



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