Why You Should Keep in Contact With Your Breeder

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Image courtesy of Penny Riddle, AKC Breeder of Merit


Since you purchased your puppy from a responsible breeder, you've probably developed a relationship with him or her. After all, this person is an expert on the breed and on your puppy's specific bloodline. He or she planned the litter and raised the pups for the first few weeks of their lives. Because of all this, the breeder should be your go-to resource when you have questions or problems.

 

Why Should I Stay in Contact With The Breeder?

It's natural to experience challenges with a new puppy and even into your dog's later years. Who better than the breeder to answer your questions and help you come up with solutions? As a new owner, you may feel that once you've purchased the puppy and brought him home, the breeder has done his or her part and now you're on your own. Not so! Responsible breeders care about the puppies and are interested in hearing what's going on with your dog, good and bad. Not only that, but with his or her knowledge of the bloodline, the breed, and the puppy's parentage, your breeder will have suggestions and solutions for pretty much everything to do with your new puppy.

 

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Other Reasons The Breeder Is An Important Connection

 

In rare cases, your life may change in such a way that you can no longer keep the dog. In this case, it's essential that you contact the breeder. Any reputable breeder will be willing to take the puppy back, even in his later years. If this happens to you, don't be afraid to call for fear of being judged. Breeders tell us that their first responsibility is to the dog, and they will take the dog back and do everything they can to place him in a new home. Any good breeder will tell you that the first call you make should be to him or her.

 

You're Also Helping The Breeder

By staying in touch, you're sharing information that's valuable to your breeder. He or she will want to know about any temperament, health, or other problems your puppy has in order to make future breeding decisions. The breeder cares about breeding the healthiest dogs possible, and input from you is important.

Most of all, the breeder knows your puppy better than anyone and is more than happy to be your adviser. There's probably very little about the breed he or she hasn't encountered over the years. This doesn't end after puppyhood -- stay in touch throughout all the years of your dog's life. A responsible breeder will always remain a resource and a valued connection.

If you're looking for a responsible breeder and if you have a specific dog breed in mind, check out the listings on AKC Marketplace and contact your local breed club.

Learn about these breeders' dedication and love for dogs in the video below.

 

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