Many irresponsible, bad breeders present themselves as respectable, responsible, reputable breeders. You have to be vigilant and very careful not to become a victim.
Becoming one means you can end up with huge veterinary expenses on top of your pet insurance premiums, as hereditary genetic conditions are often not covered by pet insurance because they are pre-existing.
You are also more likely to have to go through the heartbreak of watching your beloved pet suffer throughout it’s life.
TO SUCH BREEDERS
The vast majority of pet shops that sell puppies are supplied by cruel puppy mills, so buying puppies from pet shops is funding this cruel industry and the bad breeders we are trying to stop (see Puppy Farms).
A COMMON SCAM OF BAD BREEDERS
A common scam is for bad breeders to supply fake ‘papers’ with their puppies, saying they are pedigree/purebred dogs. They do this in order to charge hundreds of pounds for their puppies.
They are basically con artists ripping people off. These puppies sometimes grow up to have no resemblance at all to the breed their papers claim they are!
Among other things, you can check if a breeder is Kennel Club Accredited, here: Kennel Club Accredited Breeders (Opens New Window).
OR ENCOURAGE MORE INNOCENT DEATHS?
You can choose to adopt a rescue dog which will save the life of one of these innocent dogs, or you can buy a puppy, which will further encourage breeding, add to the already huge dog overpopulation, and increase the already extremely high number of innocent dogs being put to death.
If you choose to do the latter, it is vitally important that you find a reputable and responsible breeder and avoid the bad breeders.
Personally, I would always recommend choosing a dog based on personality. You can find both general rescues and breed specific rescues throughout the UK and US on the Find A Pet To Adopt page.
MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT RESCUE PETS
A common misconception is that pets that end up in rescues do so because they have problems and/or are old. This is incorrect.
The vast majority are there because:
– The owners circumstances changed beyond their control making it impossible for them to continue giving their pet the care needed.
– The owners purchased the puppy not realising the work/cost involved in training & raising it.
– The owners lacked forethought, getting rid of their pet due to perfectly foreseeable circumstances such as having a baby or losing their job.
– The owners were irresponsible by not neutering their pets, causing unwanted litters, which then end up at rescues.
People never learn, continuing the cycle and feeding death row in the animal pounds with innocent victims.
If people continue to buy, puppies will continue to be bred and abandoned dogs who end up at dog pounds will continue to die.
However, it is a fact that some breeders are far more honest and ethical in their practices than others. Even breeders that people think are reputable, are often not. Sadly, genuinely ethical and reputable breeders are in the minority of breeders as a whole. Read on to see what to expect from a breeder who is genuinely reputable.
WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT FROM A ‘GOOD’ BREEDER
If you choose not to save the life of an innocent abandoned dog from a pound, shelter or rescue, and instead buy a puppy, it is in your best interests to avoid bad breeders.
The information below is to assist you in choosing the right dog breeder if you cannot save a rescue dog:
- A reputable breeder will always have a full waiting list of homes for all their puppies BEFORE the puppies are even conceived
- They never have to advertise puppies, as they would never be irresponsible enough to breed them without already having a waiting list homes for them.
- They will not breed the mother dog very often often as they would not want her health to suffer.
- They ALWAYS do the vital genetic health checks on the breeding parent dogs and examine their family health histories, to check they will not be passing down defective genetic conditions. You must ask to see proof of these tests. If the breeder has carried out all checks, as they should, they will be pleased to show you the proof and will not give excuses about why they cannot show them.
- They carry out health checks specific to the breed and you should also ask for proof of this. Independently research what checks they should be doing for the breed you are purchasing, don’t take their word for it.
- They get all the puppies fully health checked micro-chipped and vaccinated – you must get proof of this.
- They would never wean them from their mothers too early. Anything before 8 weeks is far too early and is likely to cause behavioural problems in the offspring.
- They will ask lots of questions and visit the homes the puppies are going to to check they are good homes. They will offer lots of support and continue to check up on the dogs progress, being willing to take the dog back at any time in it’s life, if need be.
- They do not breed dog breeds that there is already an overpopulation of in shelters and rescues
- They are a member of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme (see “Helpful Information” section below). Don’t take their word for it – check.
- They often provide the first years pet insurance free
- Make sure you see the mother with the puppies up close and check she is healthy and alert.
- Because of the cost of responsible breeding, they breed more for the love of the breed and trying to breed problems out of it, rather than for money. It is bad breeders who make money through wreckless breeding and cutting corners, then leave the new owners and innocent puppies with the resulting problems
RSPCA Puppy Guide (Opens New Window)
Dogs Trust Guide (Opens New Window)
BBC Report (Opens New Window)
Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme (for buyers) (Opens New Window)
Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme (for breeders) (Opens New Window)
If a person wants a specific breed, there are many rescues that specialise in certain breeds. You would be surprised that most breeds have rescues.
If you would like to look in to adopting a pet, you may find the Adopting Rescue Pets page helpful.
You can find UK and US animal rescues on the Find A Pet To Adopt page.
Alternatively, you may be interested in temporarily fostering an animal, until a permanent home can be found for it, or until it is able to return to the wild.
For information about this, visit the Animal Fostering And Sponsoringpage. Fostering saves innocent lives.
HELP STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY
See the How To Stop Animal Cruelty And Suffering page for many different ways you can help, no matter what age you are, how sociable/confident/out going you are, or how little money you have. None of that matters.
To see examples of why animals so desperately need our help, go toTypes Of Animal Cruelty.
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