Save Our Shepherds Rescue, Inc.
P.O. Box 343401
Memphis, TN 38184
How To Identify A Reputable Breeder
Things You Should Know
To Identify A Good Dog Breeder
Over-population of dogs is a national problem.
Every day across the country thousands of animals, both purebreds and mixed
breeds are destroyed. You can be part of the problem or part of the
If you plan to buy a puppy, rather than adopt a rescue dog,
please do not support a puppy mill, pet store or an irresponsible back yard
A GOOD BREEDER:
Keeps dogs in the home and as part of the family--not
outside in kennel runs.
Has dogs who appear happy and healthy, are excited to meet
new people, and don't shy away from visitors.
Shows you where the dogs spend most of their time--an area
that is clean and well maintained.
Encourages you to spend time with the puppy's parents--at a
minimum, the pup's mother--when you visit.
Breeds only one or two types of dogs, and is knowledgeable
about what is called "breed standards" (the desired characteristics
of the breed in areas such as size, proportion, coat, color and temperament).
Has a strong relationship with a local veterinarian and
shows you the records of veterinary visits for the puppies. Explains the
puppies' medical history and what vaccinations your new puppy will need.
Is well versed in the potential genetic problems inherent
in the breed--there are specific genetic concerns for every breed--and
explains to you what those concerns are. The breeder should have had the
puppy's parents tested (and should have the results from the parents' parents)
to ensure they are free of those defects, and she should be able to provide
you with the documentation for all testing she has done through organizations
such as the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA.org). or the SV. DNA test
is now available to test for Degenerative Mylopathy!!!
Gives you guidance on caring and training for your puppy
and is available for your assistance after you take your puppy home.
Provides references of other families who have purchased
puppies from her.
Feeds high quality "premium" brand food or raw
Doesn't always have puppies available but rather will keep
a list of interested people for the next available litter.
Actively competes with their dogs in conformation trials
(which judge how closely dogs match their "breed standard"),
obedience trials (which judge how well dogs perform specific sets of tasks on
command), or tracking and agility trials. Good breeders will also work with
local, state, and national clubs that specialize in their specific breeds.
Encourages multiple visits and wants your entire family to
meet the puppy before you take your puppy home and wants to inspect your home
Provides you with a written contract and health guarantee
and allows plenty of time for you to read it thoroughly. The breeder should
not require that you use a specific veterinarian.
A good breeder not only will take
back a dog of their breeding should the dog ever need to be re-homed, but also
actively supports breed rescue.
In addition to the above criteria, you'll want a breeder who requires some
things of you, too. A reputable breeder doesn't just sell her puppies to the
first interested buyer!
THE BREEDER SHOULD REQUIRE YOU TO:
Explain why you want a dog.
Tell her who in the family will be responsible for the
pup's daily care, who will attend training classes, where the dog will spend
most of its time, and what "rules" have been decided upon for the
puppy--for example, will the dog be allowed on furniture?
Provide a veterinary reference if you already have pets or,
if you don't have other pets, she should ask which practices you are
considering for your new puppy.
Provide proof from your landlord or condominium board (if
you rent or live in a condominium complex) that you are allowed to have
Sign a contract that you will spay or neuter the dog unless
you will be actively involved in showing him or her (which applies to
show-quality dogs only). Pls review the HEALTH link as well.
Sign a contract stating that you will return the dog to the
breeder should you be unable to keep the dog at any point in the dog's life.
Save Our Shepherds is not against breeding dogs. We just feel
that breeding should be left to those that are doing it right...not by commercial
puppy mills, and not by well-intentioned people who just love their dog. Breeding should only be undertaken with health certified, titled
dogs of stable temperament and stellar pedigrees and with the final goal being improvement of the breed.
A prospective first-time German Shepherd owner should read and talk with many
owners, handlers, and breeders in order to gain a clear understanding of the breed.
The German Shepherd's beauty and intelligence may appeal to many people, but its
size and temperament may deter some. Reputable breeders and owners must fully
discuss all aspects of the breed with any prospective purchaser.
HERE for additional information about identifying a good GSD Breeder and
referrals to good breeders in your area.