Buying A Purebred Dog
It is unfortunate in the current times with the popularity of the internet that some breeders have taken it upon themselves to copy content from website's without permission or even acknowledgement to the creator.
Copyright is a set of exclusive rights granted by the law of a jurisdiction to the author or creator of an original work, including the right to copy, distribute and adapt the work, these rights strive to balance the public interest in the wide distribution of the material produced and to encourage creativity.
We are disappointed to note that our website has been duplicated in different areas many times, as I suspect have others.
Website content theft is a growing concern. I guess I should feel flattered that some feel our website is worth copying, to me it shows that some breeders can not think for themselves, or worse.
It is also a concern for the general population as they may not be able to pick the 'real' reputable breeders from the rest.
It is a lot of work to find a truly reputable breeder. Not because they are hiding, but because there are many unethical breeders out there who would love to convince you that they are the most trustworthy breeders around.
A responsible dog breeder plans each pregnancy and knows that there is enough demand for their puppies to ensure they will all go to good homes. If a family cannot care for their dog anymore for any reason, a reputable breeder will gladly take it back and try to find it a new home. They are only producing "wanted" animals and not adding to the pound population or to the thousands of dogs that must be euthanized every day, and by supporting a reputable breeder, neither are you.
"Backyard breeder", "BYB" or "Puppy Farmer" are all slang terms for the casual breeder; the person who breeds for money, or because "Sweetie is such a nice pet", or because "She's a purebred and we want our money back", or "The kids think it would be fun". These types of breeders are responsible for producing the vast majority of unfit, unsound puppies.
A responsible breeder doesn't produce pups on demand. Thus, a good breeder is unlikely to have pups whenever you want, and a wait is common. It's worth it to wait and get the right pup, not the most convenient one!
Pedigree or purebred dog breeders are frequently referred to as "registered breeders" when they are members of a breed club or association that operates a register of some kind (ie DogsNSW). The term may also be used to refer to someone who is registered with their local council as a breeder. While breed associations do have rules and guidelines for their members, being a "registered breeder" does not necessarily mean a breeder is reputable.
To make sure your breeder is a good breeder, you need to ask the right questions before you buy.
To find a reputable breeder look for breeders who are recognised for the quality of their breeding program, a good place to start to do this is at a dog show, a list of events can be obtained from your state's Canine Council.
Ask the breeder how long they have been breeding (not how long they have owned the breed), a good breeder should have years of experience (or at least a reputable mentor that has).
The breeder should be knowledgeable about the breed standard in area's such as conformation, temperament, size, health etc.
A breeder with a good reputation will provide you with both the good and bad points within the breed, they offer useful advise and assistance to new owners.
Familiarise yourself with the health problems in Boxers and the preferred methods for screening of these problems. Find out if the breeder screens for all problems associated in the breed, a reputable breeder will be able to provide records of the health testing of the parents/grandparents.
Ask the breeder if they are active with breed clubs and how they stay educated about the Boxer breed. Most often you will find that a good breeder is involved in either, showing, performance, local clubs or rescue. An Active breeder is a good sign that they truly care about the breed.
Does the breeder require a spay/neuter contract and/or limited registration? This means that you will be legally obligated to promise that you will not attempt to breed your new dog. This helps stop poor quality breeding, and insure high standards for the breed.
Make sure the breeder provides a health guarantee for all puppies/dogs they breed.
As you can see, choosing a good breeder should involve more than finding a number in the newspaper. Be sure to educate yourself before making any decisions. Prior to speaking with a prospective breeder write down some questions, know the breed, and be patient. Choosing the right breeder and pup is not something that you should rush. Remember being a responsible dog owner starts from the beginning.
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