Okay Tibby's Mom, You're Extra Ranty I Get It, So How Do I Identify One Of These "Responsible Breeders"?
Hi, and welcome to Part 2! So in Part 1 I went over why you should get a dog from a responsible breeder (I HOPE!). Now, we will talk about how to look for a responsible breeder.
There is a lot of articles that tell you what a responsible breeder looks like, and from my own experience this I have compiled a list of things I look for, and hope this helps you :D!
1. Responsible Breeders WANT to Get To Know You
Responsible breeders want to get to know you. They want to know what your lifestyle is, and whether their puppies will be suitable for your lifestyle. They usually do this by asking you to fill out (an extensive) questionnaire so that they can get to know you, and what kind of dog (Corgi or otherwise) you are looking for. They are also happy to talk to you about the breed in general, and are open to answering any questions you may have.
2. DO Talk To Multiple Breeders
Excellent Breeders will provide guidance and be a partner in raising your puppy even after they have cashed their cheques. Talking with multiple breeders will help you assess which one is going to be the right partner for you, and who you will trust and will be okay with asking stupid questions to(I get in contact with my breeder all the time, with stupid questions like "does her ear look weird to you?").
3. Look for A Breeder with Experience in THAT Breed
A responsible breeder will have several years, or decades of experience with that dog breed. I'd also be wary of dog breeders that have "multiple" breeds that they are experts in. If they breed say, Corgis, Golden Retrievers, German Shepards, and Poodles, I'd probably run in the other direction because you just found yourself a glorified puppy mill.
4. Their Dogs are NOT There Just To Produce Puppies
Responsible breeders think of their dogs as their pets, and they have other interests besides breeding. They are first and foremost the family members of the breeders. Many of them enjoy showing their dogs around the country and promoting the breed. A lot also participate in other performance arenas which include herding, agility, and obedience.
5. Puppies are NOT How They Support Themselves Financially
Responsible breeders have other sources of income that can support their lifestyle; not just breeding puppies. Think about it, if you had to support yourself by selling puppies, you wouldn't care about if the puppies are well socialized, and are given to proper owners, you would only be concerned with how much you can sell each puppy for, and produce as many as possible. Which brings me to my next point:
6. Responsible Breeders Do NOT Have Several Litters At Once
See the point above. If the breeder has several litters for you to chose from, that is verging on Puppy Mill territory. I'd be suspicious as to what kind of conditions these dogs have been living in, and whether they are actually well socialized. They also practise responsible breeding, which means all their litters should be planned for, well researched, and there has been thought put into matching the parents.
7. Responsible Breeders Are Happy To Provide Health Clearances
For Pembrokes, this means hip, vWD and current eye. They should be able to provide this for all their breeding dogs. The CKC/AKC names of all their dogs should also be given so you can check these health clearances.
8. Puppies Stay With Their Breeders For AT LEAST 8 Weeks
There is absolutely no responsible breeder which would let their puppy go to their forever home anytime before 8 weeks. With Pembrokes, it is common to get them after 10-12 weeks (We only got Tibby at 12 Weeks!). You might say, awww, but I'm missing out on the dog's most adorable times as a tiny little puppy! This is true, but this extra time is critical for properly socializing the puppies with interactions with different kinds of people, as well as things that may scare them with the watchful eye of the breeder. This head start makes a huge difference, we were shocked that when we got Tibby at 12 weeks that she understood some basic commands (like come, sit...) and was partially house broken (she made the saddest little barking sound when she had to go...and that was our 5 minute warning).
9. They Have An Obligation to The Puppy
The breeder will be for you regardless of what unforeseen circumstances that will transpire. This means, in any event where you cannot take care of the dog, they will take back their dog, and they will find the dog a more suitable home, or it may stay with the breeder for the rest of it's life. They will also discuss neutering or spaying with you, because this helps prevent unwanted puppies and backyard breeders.
10. They Will Have A Formal Sales Contract Outlining Your Obligations and Theirs
Read this carefully and make sure you are comfortable with what is outlined! If you are confused about anything, please ask for clarification.
WHOA, and that's it...for Part Deuce! (How did this run on so long again?! WHY AM I SO RANTY?!)
Now, PART 3!!!
XO - Tibby's Hoomin Mom