A responsible registered breeder is your best source of a well-bred, healthy dog. The breeder will carefully select the parents of each litter to emphasise desirable attributes and minimise faults in their progeny.
Most responsible breeders will not breed a litter without considering the advancement of the breed. Each litter should improve the quality of breeding stock, resulting in healthy puppies with improved breed soundness – that is, mental and physical health.
Buying from a registered breeder gives you the opportunity to interact with the puppy’s siblings and dam and, possibly the sire. You can therefore, form a general impression of what the future holds for your puppy.
Buying from a registered breeder means that you are part of an extended family and you will find that many of these breeders will have people return to them when they lose their much loved family members. Most breeders expect a call if the dog has a crisis so they can help you. This can be especially comforting for first time dog owners who cannot even imagine what kinds of questions they’ll have in the future.
Some people breed dogs only to produce puppies to sell. These individuals have no regard for the advancement of the breed and are motivated solely by profit. They have little knowledge of the breed, no mentor, no involvement and no consideration of the dogs that they are breeding. Bitches are bred young and often – frequently before they are two years of age. Most have no basic health testing, and they are not ‘tested’ in the show ring or performance arenas. The internet makes it easier for people to breed and sell puppies, sometimes with little or no credibility.
The Club receives many inquiries for information on the breed and puppy availability. Ros Leighton, the Club’s Puppy Registrar and Breed Information Officer, keeps information of litters due and can assist interested buyers. She also keeps information on people looking for rescue dogs or re-homes. Please feel free to contact her if you would like more information about any of these areas.