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How Do I Choose A Responsible Breeder?

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By   |   21 Jan 2019

Calling all prospective dog owners in Herriman, Riverton, South Jordan and Bluffdale, Utah! Are you ready to find a top-notch dog breeder, but are overwhelmed with where to start looking? Selecting a breeder should be one of the most important decisions you make when choosing a dog. It is more than just looking for the cutest puppy at the cheapest price. There are a variety of questions and concerns you need to consider during this process. In order to better help you pin down a breeder that is right for you, we have put together a list of ideas and questions to help guide you along the way. Here are a few things to consider when looking for a reputable breeder.

  • Visit the breeders home or kennel. Observe the surroundings.
  • - Is the area clean and free from odors? Are the puppies, lively, clean, and friendly? Do they seem to be confident interacting with people?
  • - Meet at least one of the puppy's parents to insure they are also well cared for. This will give you an opportunity to learn what your dog's appearance and temperament is patterned after. Interact with the parents of the puppy you are looking at. Ask questions, and get a good feeling for the characteristics of their offspring. A responsible breeder should be willing to answer any of your question and will ask questions of you as well.
  • Questionnaire's and contracts
  • - A responsible breeder should ask you to provide information about yourself that will help them better understand the future home of a puppy from their litter. They may also require that you sign a contract stating that if specific conditions of care are not met, or you become unable to keep the puppy, they will reclaim it. Another aspect to consider is to make sure you have a health guarantee of at least one year. This will give you the assurance that your new addition has been cared for and is free of any known health concerns at the time of transition.
  • Puppy's Health and Vaccinations
  • - Puppy's should receive a vet check and at a minimum their first set of shots should be provided at the breeder's expense. You should ask questions about the health of your puppy and its parents. Responsible breeders will be open and honest. They should be knowledgeable about genetic diseases that can affect the breed. Breeder should be willing to share proof of any genetic screening that has been done upon request.
  • Transition Home
  • - To aid in the puppy's transition home, understand how the breeder has prepared the litter for this big step. Have they started potty training, crate training and socialization of the puppies? Do they provide transition home information for you as a new dog owner? What other support do they provide? Each of these elements will show a breeder's concern for their puppy finding a quality home and partnering in that major step in the puppy's life.

If all of this research seems daunting and you are committed to brining home a great dog from a great breeder, Full House loves to help owners find the right match with a breeder they can trust for years to come! We will vet out breeders you narrow down and can also do temperament testing to insure you find the best match from the litter to bring into your family!




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