Evaluating a Dog Breeder
You've decided on the breed of dog that you want to buy, but now you need to find a breeder. How do you know what to look for?
How do you know which breeders can be trusted? What are some important things to keep in mind when evaluating a breeder? We hope to address
most of these questions below.
BulldogBreeds.com's Breeders Directory is a marketplace for breeders to showcase who they are, but as you browse through the breeders, please remember that not all breeders are created equal. In your search for the perfect puppy it's important that you do your homework. You should know about common health problems in the breed and ask questions related to that. Is hip dysplasia a common problem? Then ask your breeder to show you documents with the OFA hip ratings of both the sire and dam.
Choosing a Responsible Breeder
"What?", you say. "You never tested the sire and dam for hip problems? See you later."
Don't settle for excuses and don't allow yourself to be tempted by a cute, cuddly puppy from an unreputable breeder. For a more in-depth look at choosing a responsible breeder, we recommend the following article:
Beware of Fraud
So, how do you spot a fraudulent or unethical breeder? Here are some tips:
- Search for the breeder's contact name, kennel or company name, and website on RipoffReport.com
- Check with the Better Business Bureau in the state in which the breeder is operating.
- If possible, purchase your puppy in person. If you absolutely must have a puppy shipped, we recommend that you use an escrow service such as http://www.puppyescrow.com to ensure that both breeder and buyer have a successful "transaction".
- ALWAYS ask if you can come to see the puppies in person. Even if you don't plan on doing so, you should make the breeder believe that you will. If the breeder gives you an excuse as to why you can't see the puppies, then you are probably dealing with a fraudulent breeder. This has happened many times in the past. A breeder puts pictures on a website, takes your money, and then you wait for a puppy to be shipped, but the puppy never arrives.
- Get everything in writing. Are the puppies registered with papers? Get this in writing. What are the OFA hip ratings of the parents? Get this in writing. Anything that is important -- GET IT IN WRITING so that you will have some legal leverage if the breeder does not uphold his/her end of the bargain.
- NEVER wire money. When you wire money, it's gone without a trail. Your form of payment should leave a money trail (e.g., personal checks or credit cards).
- When you think that you've found the breeder that you want, do an internet search of the breeders name along with the name of
the kennel. Also, do a search on their email address. You might dig up some dirt on that breeder.
- Talk to the person on the phone. If they are unwilling to talk on the phone, then they may have something to hide.
- This may not be politically correct, but if you are purchasing a puppy from someone that lives in an English-speaking country, then
it's very suspicious if they speak or write in broken English. Nevertheless, there are some breeders that are legal immigrants, so
never turn away a breeder based on just this one factor.
- Use common sense.