Pet Breeders

Looking for that special someone (pet, not significant other) and the animal shelters don”t have what you want? Well, breeders may be exactly what you”re looking for. Animal breeders may be able to provide the perfect pet for you.

While adopting an animal from a shelter is a great idea for many families, you may have your heart set on a particular breed. Did you grow up with purebred Labrador Retrievers? Is a Persian the only cat you want? Are you particularly interested in a good pedigree?

Look carefully for a reputable breeder. Good breeders have their animals” best interests at heart and are dedicated to improving the quality of the breed. Most good breeders only breed when they feel that they can make an improvement to the breed, so they may not have animals available exactly when you”re ready, but isn”t it worth the wait?

You can find out about breeders” reputations and get excellent recommendations from national breeder associations. Purebred animals tend to be expensive, and much of your cost is in the guarantees that they can provide that your new pet is healthy and a good specimen.

Finding and Choosing Good Breeders

Good breeders know almost everything about their chosen breed, are ready to answer any questions you may have, and have the utmost concern for the animals they help bring into the world. However, all breeders are not created equal!

What is a Good Breeder?

Sometimes called hobby breeders, good breeders work to improve their chosen breed and want the best for their pups or kittens. They screen for genetic diseases, are concerned with the animals” health, don”t whelp too many litters each year, and often take animals back if they don”t work out.

Good breeders also help you determine the suitability of the breed for you, as well as the individual animal. Do you want a show dog? A family pet? What sort of temperament are you looking for? Do you want a large dog? An laid-back cat? A caring breeder is interested in these questions.

Commercial breeders breed for profit. They distribute to pet stores and sometimes advertise in the newspaper. Beware of these breeders. They produce as many litters as they can, which is harmful to the queen. They usually don”t screen for genetic problems. If you purchase a pet from a commercial breeder, you may not be able to bring it back if it develops genetic problems. They may not be knowledgeable about the breed, and may be unable to answer questions or help you during your pet”s life.

A Resource for Life

Because good breeders care about their animals for life, they are a source of information for years to come. They can answer questions you didn”t anticipate (“Is separation anxiety common in this breed? What can I do?”) and give helpful advice (“I”m going on vacation. Should I take my cat along or put her in a kennel?”). They want both you and the animal they placed with you to have a good life together.

Good breeders also take back an animal if something does not turn out as expected. They will keep puppies or kittens if, for some reason, they cannot be placed in good homes. Good hobby breeders always have the animals” best interests at heart.

When you choose to purchase an animal from a breeder, you”re also purchasing health guarantees and lifetime advice. You can meet relatives of the litter, judge temperament and appearance, and see the kennel or cattery for yourself. Any animal you purchase from a reputable breeder should be of top quality.

In short, buying from a breeder allows you options unavailable elsewhere.