Our team here at Dogs By Andy K-9 Services naturally cares a lot about dogs, and we want everyone to be able to bond with a lifelong canine companion. A lot of literature about dog ownership in recent years has been focused on the abuses that are unfortunately common in the world of dog breeding and encourages readers to adopt shelter dogs instead. While we support these adoption efforts, we also want to reassure you that there’s nothing wrong with wanting a particular dog breed, and that there are many responsible dog breeders you can choose from. In this article, we at Dogs By Andy K-9 Services will go over some tips on how to identify responsible breeders so that you can get the canine friend you’ve always wanted.
- Breeder of Merit and Bred with H.E.A.R.T. Programs- Before checking out a breeder’s dogs for sale, find out whether they are members of the Breeder of Merit or Bred with H.E.A.R.T. programs. These are American Kennel Club programs in which the participants make a commitment to producing healthy, well-socialized puppies and preserving breed characteristics. The Bred with H.E.A.R.T. initiative additionally ensures that the puppies meet specific health testing standards.
- Full Medical History- A reputable breeder will be happy to show you health screening results for their dogs. In addition, they should be forthcoming with information about common health issues in their particular breed so that you can know what to expect.
- In-Person Visit- When looking for a trustworthy place to find dogs for sale, we at Dogs By Andy K-9 Services strongly recommend visiting the breeder and their kennels in person. Check to make sure that the premises are clean, that the dogs are well-fed, healthy, and properly socialized, and that the breeder is genuinely passionate about dogs.