Posts Tagged ‘dog breeder’

To Buy or Adopt a Dog – Things You Need to Know

February 16, 2013
This black beauty was up for adoption at the Suds of Fun event in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. The other puppy just had a bath at this event, proceeds went to help homeless pets.

This black beauty was up for adoption at the Suds of Fun event in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. The other puppy just had a bath at this event, proceeds went to help homeless pets.

On my blog post about how I help in animal welfare, I mentioned that I would never purchase a dog. Why buy a dog when there are so many unwanted dogs in need of a home? But I want to make sure you all understand that I have nothing against anyone who chooses to purchase instead of adopt. Great dogs come from everywhere. My message isn’t that you should never buy a dog. My only hope is that if you do buy one, you know to research the breeder to make sure they are responsible breeders and not what is defined as a backyard breeder or puppy mill breeder. Trying to determine the responsibility of the breeder can be difficult, especially for someone who is buying a dog for the first time. For tips on what to look for in a dog breeder, check out this article from the Humane Society of the United States – Finding a Responsible Dog Breeder.

As I mentioned to Bunk the Pug in a comment on that blog post, even if you adopt a dog you have to do research. Some unsavory breeders have exploited the new trend to “adopt don’t shop” by passing themselves off as an animal rescue group. How can you tell the difference? One big way is by comparing the ‘adoption fee’ to the services your new pet is receiving. Are they spayed or neutered? Are they up to date on shots? If the dogs are puppies, then these things may not have happened yet. But a reputable animal rescue group will arrange these things for you at no additional cost. A real rescue group is not going to let you adopt a dog unless the pet is spayed or neutered or will soon be.

So, if you approach a ‘rescue group’ about adopting a dog and they are charging $300 or more but are not providing veterinary support of the pet’s vaccinations and other veterinary fees, then something might be wrong. An animal rescue group should not make a profit. And don’t let them fool you with, “Oh, we are just getting reimbursed for transport fees. This dog came from such-and-such place.” A real rescue group is run by volunteers who are likely not being reimbursed for transporting a dog from another location. Ask questions. Ask for proof of their non-profit status. Research them online.

I hope that clears up my stand on buying or adopting a dog. I love all dogs no matter where they come from. While I am proud to have had the opportunity to adopt and rescue two great dogs, it’s not their origins that make me proud. It them, their personalities, their silly antics, and all the other great things they do to make my life better.

Dangers of Buying a Dog from a Pet Store

October 7, 2010

We recently read this great article about Oliver.  Oliver was being sold in a pet shop when he got ill.  Since the pet shop wouldn’t sell a sick dog, it was either have him euthanized or find someone who was willing to take him home and pay his vet bills.  Check out Oliver’s story at http://upforpups.org/2010/09/pet-shop-tale/.

The chance of a pet who is purchased from a pet store becoming sick is all too common.  This is mostly due to pet stores getting their pets from irresponsible breeders.  Irresponsible breeders do not care about or do not have enough knowledge about health issues.  And as such, they may be breeding dogs with genetic diseases and deformities.  Or they may be inadvertently spreading diseases due to improper care.

Because an irresponsible dog breeder does not take the time or spend the money needed to make sure their dogs are healthy, they can sell dogs at a good price.  This is perfect for a pet shop which needs to make money.  A pet shop can’t afford to buy expensive high-quality dogs, so they usually end up getting them from these irresponsible breeders.

This practice does not apply just to dogs.  This applies to cats, snakes, lizards, birds, and more.  So before you purchase a pet, be sure that you research the source.  Be willing to spend a little extra money on a dog who you know came from a responsible breeder.

Questions to Ask When Purchasing a Dog from Any Dog Breeder

September 13, 2010

If you want a pure bred dog but don’t want to rescue one, there is some serious research you should do before purchasing.  Getting a dog is a very important and life-changing decision so you will want to make sure that you get the best family pet possible.  Just any puppy from any breeder won’t do.  You may be purchasing the most adorable dog from a litter, but you may also be purchasing a dog which could cost you thousands of dollars and lots of heartache in the future.  This is because there are lots of dog breeders out there who do not properly evaluate for genetic health or temperament issues.  They breed dogs to make money and either don’t know or don’t care about such things.

To protect yourself from these types of breeders, you need to arm yourself with the right questions and be knowledgeable enough to know when you hear the right answers.  And we have found the perfect website for you to begin.  Visit http://www.kateconnick.com/library/breeder.html for the most comprehensive list of questions you should ask, the reasons you should ask them, and the most favorable answers which will help you determine who is going to sell you the best quality dog.

Some of the questions outlined by this website include, How long has the breeder been involved in this particular breed?, How knowledgeable is the breeder about this particular breed?, Will the breeder tell you about all the positive qualities of the breed as well as the negative?, Are the breeder’s dogs kennel dogs or house pets?, Will the breeder provide you with the names of their veterinarian and several past purchasers to serve as references?, What kind of guarantees does the breeder offer?, Does the breeder expect to sell you a puppy with strings attached?, What does the breeder do to socialize their puppies?, and more.

The website also advises you to beware of non-standard deviations, review the premise of where the dogs are bred and raised, and prepare to answer questions and fill out adoption paperwork which any reputable breeder will ask.

Following the steps and advice of this website will greatly reduce the chances of you purchasing a dog which may develop health problems or temperament issues.  The chance is still there, but it is far less likely because a responsible breeder has taken the time to thoroughly evaluate the dogs before breeding them.  You may end up purchasing a more expensive dog, but your future best friend will be worth every penny.

Before You Get a Great Dane – A Dog Like Marmaduke

June 5, 2010
Great Dane Dog Breed

Great Dane Dog Breed

Here is a great article from Paw Nation about the Great Dane Dog breed – 10 Things You Should Know Before Getting Your Own “Marmaduke”.  This dog breed is sure to become popular now that the new movie, Marmaduke, is coming out.

If you are still considering getting a Great Dane dog breed after reading this article, also consider where you get him from.  There are going to be several unscrupulous dog breeders out there taking advantage of this opportunity.  They are going to breed dogs without care or concern about any genetic health traits they may be passing on.  Great Danes are prone to gastric torsion, hip and elbow dysplasia, cariomyopathy, and bone cancer.

If you want to get your own Marmaduke Great Dane dog breed, consider adopting one from a Great Dane rescue group.  The dogs may already be trained and any health issues may be known in advance.  Or if you purchase from a breeder, do your research and make sure they are a reputable Great Dane dog breeder.  A reputable breeder will not only be a member of the American Kennel Club, but they will also likely be a memeber of a breed club such as the Great Dane Club of America, Inc.