If I've said
it once I've said it a thousand times "please" trust your gut
instincts, look beyond the obvious and be patient!
Most people put more thought and time and effort into purchasing a new
piece of furniture than they do into choosing a breeder and buying a dog.
If more people took the time to make the right decision on choosing a
breeder. What kind of breed they choose. If it's good timing in their
life. Then, there would be few dogs in shelters and puppy mills wouldn't
exist. Do you realize in the United States 70,000 puppies are born every
day. Only 30% of people purchase their puppy from a breeder. The other
70% get their dogs from pet stores, backyard breeders and puppy mills.
A dog can be a 15 year commitment.
First of all determine if you, your life and your family is ready for
a dog. Secondly "research" what breed is right for you. Ask
a veternarian, ask breeders. Find out the breeds inherent traits, their
size, possible genetic health concerns. Then, when you have decided what
breed you prefer research the breeders. Choosing a Breeder is very important.
Search online. Call and/or email the breeders. Meet more than one breeder.
Even if you really liked the first breeder it is always good to have someone
else to compare them to.
Things that are important to observe and ask when choosing a breeder.
1. Cleanliness, safety and believability of the home. For example if the
home seems cluttered or has many objects within easier reach of puppies
can you really believe they raise puppies there? Do they really let puppies
run around. No, I think not. Then those puppies must be out in a kennel.
2. Friendliness, of the breeder (and the dogs)
3. Honesty and openness of the breeders.
4. Do or have the breeders shown, trialed or proven their dogs? Yes, this
is critical. Even if you just want a pet. Shouldn't your pet, your new
family member, come from someone who is dedicated to the quality of the
breed. I know of people who say 'they don't show or test their dogs they
prefer to be home with their dogs'. That's ridiculous. I want people to
be proud to get a puppy from me that is born and raised in my home with
me and my children. My puppies and adults are very well loved and socialized.
I want families to be so proud of the parents of their puppies. First
and foremost I want my puppies to go to families to be beloved pets and
5. Breeders commitment to breed standard. Why buy a puppy from someone
that doesn't care what quality of dogs they are breeding. Following breed
standand will help ensure healthy puppies that will grow into healthy
adults that will live long quality lives. This is why you should only
get a puppy from a breeder that show their dogs. As this is how they prove
their dogs are quality and of breed standard.
6. Do the breeders give you any written guarantee on the health of the
puppy. How long is the guarantee and what are they guaranteeing. Can the
breeder help you train your puppy? Or, will they just pass you off to
some trainer they know.
7. "Most Important" The emotional well being of the breeders
Do the breeder's dogs only live in the kennel? Do those dogs ever get
any exercise? Or, human interaction? Do those dogs know their name? Do
they know any commands? Have they ever been on a leash? Are they taken
for runs? Have these dogs been shown, tested or trialed? Do the dogs stink
and are they stained? Now asking these questions and seeing for yourself
are two completely different things. Ask to see the parent dogs and or
other dogs on a leash and out of the kennel. Judge for yourself. Don't
be so anxious to get that cute little puppy that you overlook the obvious!
I'll leave the names out because it's not important to my point. But,
I know someone very well that purchased an older dog that was suppose
to be able to run with the new owners other dogs, and they were told "oh
the dog will hunt" blah blah blah. This dog did backflips and cartwheels
as soon as it was put on a leash. This dog had never been on a leash before.
Never taught any commands. Never had any freedom. Never seen the inside
of a house. And was an emotional wreck. It was very trying and upsetting
to the new owners. But, because of their commitment they still have that
dog. You need to have physically and emotionally happy and healthy dogs
to have good quality puppies. I "do not mean" that dogs can
not live in an outside kennel. One has nothing to do with the other. I
am talking about human interaction, compassion, logic and love! Why would
you give your money to a breeder, for a puppy, if they are not all a breeder
can and should be. I don't care if a breeder has 2 or 20 dogs they can
be a good ethical breeder. It is the quality of life those dogs have that
is important. Ask, do the adult dogs receive all of their vaccinations
for: Rabies, Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, Corona,
Heartworm, Bordetella, Tick & Lime Disease, De-Worming? Are they feeding
their dogs a high quality food?
I've tried to cover all the points. I care dearly about my Brittanys and
the future of all purebred Brittanys. I'm sure you can tell that I will
happily chat at great extent about the wonderful Brittanys. Please know
we welcome all questions, comments and feedback. You can contact us by
phone and or email. Whether you deside on a Brittany or another breed
we will always endevour to do our best to assist you and your family make
a good and informed decision.
Thank you kindly for taking the time to come to our site and reading our
choosing a breeder page.