Recognizing a Reputable Breeder


Buying a animal can be an expensive proposition. If you have a desire to breed animals finding the "right" animal is a must. Below you will find some guidelines to help you find a breeder that you can trust.

Remember, ask questions. Ask for verification.

Any breeder that is successful in his business will have in place a contract regarding the animals health guarantee, a refund or return policy and the responsibilities of the breeder. The breeder should be knowledgeable about the breed. Any reputable breeder should be forthcoming with anything, you as a buyer, need to know about the breed. If you have to pry information from a breeder you may consider looking elsewhere.

A reputable breeder should offer you some support with your new pet. If you have questions after taking your pet home a reputable breeder should be willing to answer those questions. As a matter of fact, most breeders will screen prospective buyers Go here for some questions a reputable breeder might ask of you.

Ask to see the area in which the pet are bred and raised. Is it clean?

Of course there are other matters to consider when purchasing a pet. A few are;

What size will the pet grow to? How much exercise is the animal going to need? Will it make a good house pet? Will it fit in with other dogs and animals? Does the animal like children? How about the animals temperment?

Read up on the animal you think you might be interested in. Go to more than one breeder. And remember, ask questions! Ask for verification!

Currently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires breeders who sell animals to pet stores to obtain a federal license, but those who breed and sell animals directly to individuals (through newspaper ads, etc.) are exempt from federal licensing and inspection requirements. Further, breeders who have three or fewer "breeding females" are considered "hobby breeders" and can sell animals to pet stores without a license. Many of these are refered to as puppymills. You can help fight this abuse of animals by going to this site.  

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