(Closed) What do you consider a “reputable breeder”?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
318 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Someone who knows where all her puppies/kittens go and keeps track of them for their entire lifetime.  

Will take them back at anytime if they are in need of a home.  (not refund, necessarily, but take them back and care for them or rehome them)

Should be aware of and interested in the health of any and all pets they have bred.

Should the a show title to prove that their animal is a good representative of the breed.

If a working breed at all should have a working certificate/working title before considering breeding them.

Should have health clearances for hips/elbows/CERF/cardio etc depending on breed  (or FeLV status if cats).

Should be interviewing adopters to be sure they are a good fit and a good home.

Would never breed a dog prior to 2 years of age.

Would never sell through a pet store or any “if you have the cash you can adopt” situation.


Post # 4
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Oh man there is a lot so I’m sure I’ll leave something out… but the basics: 

  • has a wait list for adopters BEFORE the puppies are born (preferably before the female is pregnant)
  • lets all the dogs sleep in the house and be a part of the family
  • has done genetic testing on the parents
  • has done health testing on the puppies
  • offers a no-questions-asked return policy if you decide not to keep the dog, rather than let it go to a shelter
  • matches puppies to their best home

Post # 6
703 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

  • Show in conformation, hunting, etc whatever is appropriate for the breed
  • Breeds with the intention to ‘better the breed’ – not breed for $$$, breeds specifically with a mate that has whatever the other is lacking
  • Genetic testing, health testing
  • Will take dog back for any reason at any time
  • Gets to know potential buyers – I don’t like to use the word ‘adopters’ bc you’re not really adopting the same way you would from a rescue
  • Dogs live primarily indoors, not in a kennel being bred for profit
  • Keeps puppies until recommended age
  • Has at least 1 parent on premises that you can meet in person
  • Only breeds one or two breeds of dog

Not reputable breeder:

  • Does not show parents
  • Registers with anything other than the AKC in the US (not saying all AKC dogs come from reputable breeders)
  • Breeds multiple breeds
  • Breeds back to back heats
  • Breeds using same stud over and over again
  • Dogs kept in kennels or outdoors
  • Breeds anything ending in ‘poo’ or ‘doodle’ lol  Maltipoo, Cockapoo, Bichpoo, Goldendoodle, Labradoodle
  • Won’t let you see at least one parent of the puppies
  • Does no genetic testing or health testing
  • Does not show in conformation, hunt testing, etc

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