Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Responsible Breeder...

People often ask us for recommendations on where to get a dachshund. 

Long Dogs WA is a social walking group for dachshund owners in Western Australia. We do not represent any specific breeders. We urge anyone thinking of getting a dachshund to read the following guidelines on responsible breeders.

Responsible breeders

A responsible breeder will recognise that today’s society puts a large expectation on the role that a dog plays in our lives today. There is a high priority on the well being of the breeding of dogs both socially and physically. 

When you are purchasing a pup, you are taking on the responsibility for that dog for approximately 10-15 years.   It is therefore important you do your homework and ask the questions. 

By doing your research, you will help to support ethical and responsible breeding for a healthier future generation of the breed and have a happy, healthy new family member.

A responsible breeder will:
  • Undertake the responsibility of ensuring that they (the breeder) produce puppies that are healthy and have a good temperament (including relevant vaccinations and m/chip work).
  • Make certain they have safe and caring homes waiting for them.
  • Do careful research and have knowledge with mating, genetic research, disease control and understanding issues with the particular breed.
  • Put in place good whelping and kennel management and ensure the pups are well socialised and in a loving and caring environment and allow you to view the mother and living environment. 
  • Have a limited number of litters a bitch can produce in a year.
  • Not sell to pet shops.
  • Has a minimum age that puppies are to be before selling to a new home (8 weeks is the minimum but some breeders insist on 12 weeks to ensure the pup is socialised).
  • Will have an in-depth knowledge of their dogs and breed standard
  • Discuss with you the breed's suitability for your situation
  • 'Vet' you as a suitable home, to ensure you are fully aware of your responsibilities
  • Will take back an adult dog if your circumstances change.

Responsible breeding of dogs is involved and often there is little/no financial gain.  The main priority is to produce pups that will easily and happily fit in and be part of our society’s high expectations of dogs in our lives today.

RSPCA Knowledgebase

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