Be careful of the pets you bought from breeder, especially when the breeder doesn’t provide certificates, you may not get what you wanted and you’ll end up with paying a hefty price and disappointment. Many breeder has known to breed pets in unhealthy or inhumane condition, then tossed them away or being put down for the sake of money. Below are some tips on how to buy from a responsible breeder:
- Get at least two references. Ask the breeder for at least two references from clients in the past year so that you know they’re recent. Ask if they were happy with their experience, how problems were handled, if any, and about the pros — and cons — of working with that particular breeder.
- Don’t rely on the phone. Go in person. The best way to get to know a breeder is to meet in person, which might be at their kennel or in their home. Observe the dogs and the breeder: Are the premises clean? Odor-free? Does the breeder show a genuine passion for dogs? Are the dogs well fed? How do the dogs interact with the breeder — and with strangers? Both dogs and puppies should not shy away from the breeder and should be outgoing with strangers.
- Ask questions. One of the biggest benefits of working with a good breeder is that he or she can be counted on throughout your dog’s life. When you’re meeting with a breeder for the first time, come prepared with a list of questions about the breed and the puppy – you can never ask too many, and there are no dumb questions! See how he/she reacts. Is he/she patient with your questions? Does he/she explain things clearly? Do you feel like you have a good rapport?
- Responsible breeders want to see their dogs in happy, loving forever homes and will be happy to share their knowledge.
- See the pup’s parents. There’s no better way to see how your dog will grow up than by looking at his parents! It will give you a sense of your dog’s temperament, size, and appearance.
- Get a full medical history. Reputable breeders will be happy to show proof of health screenings. They will also explain any health conditions that typically affect that particular breed so you know what to watch out for in the long term.
- Be patient. Don’t expect to meet a breeder and bring home a puppy the same day: Usually the breeder will keep the puppy at the kennel for the first two or three months of its life, so it can mature and socialize with its mother and litter mates. This transition is important, and it’ll give you time to puppy-proof your house and to get the necessary supplies before welcoming him home.
- Get documentation of your puppy’s pedigree.If you have a good meet-and-greet with a breeder, and you want to move ahead, don’t leave the premises without getting the appropriate documentation of your puppy’s pedigree, a.k.a. “papers.” Be wary of a breeder who hesitates to give you papers, or wants to charge you more for those papers, or tells you he/she will mail them to you at a later date.
Read here for a sad story on what happened in puppy mill or irresponsible breeder.
Read here for a story of a responsible breeder in Malaysia.
Or you may find out more about association that advocates responsible dog breeding in Malaysia, The Malaysian Kennel Association (MKA).
Below are examples of scams when you buy from an unknown breeder.