What Is a Reputable Dog Breeder?
A reputable breeder, also known as a “hobby breeder,” is a person who breeds dogs out of a love for the breed and a strong desire to better the breed. A reputable breeder is not in the dog-breeding game for the money.
A reputable breeder is extremely knowledgeable about the breed. Though everyone was a beginner at some point, an ideal breeder has had a great deal of breeding experience (at least five years). Reputable breeders are involved in conformation shows, and they only breed poodles that have achieved their championship.
The Health Connection
Reputable breeders get health clearances on all the dogs they breed and immediately stop breeding those they discover are carriers of inherited diseases. When a genetic test becomes available, a reputable breeder is quick to incorporate it into his breeding program.
Why is it so hard to find a puppy from a reputable breeder?
Because frequent breeding is hard on the mother, responsible breeders breed litters only occasionally. Because of this, a puppy might not be available when you want one. It's important to be flexible when you start your puppy search. It's worth the wait.
When a reputable breeder has a litter, the puppies become the focus of the breeder's life. He handles them frequently and makes sure they are familiar with the sights, sounds, and activities of a typical home. This makes the transition into a new home much easier.
Done properly, breeding is not a money-making proposition. It's expensive to do the genetic tests and health screens to ensure that a litter will be healthy. Veterinary bills and high-quality food add to the cost of whelping a litter. Even with a trouble-free whelping of healthy puppies, a breeder is lucky to break even.