How do you know if a breeder is reputable?
When you are searching for a new puppy, buying from a reputable breeder is very important and here's why... You want a quality, happy and well raised puppy! A puppy that you will spend time training, loving, and be a devoted part of your family for years to come. When you buy from a reputable breeder you make a negative impact on the improper breeding practices of puppy mills and puppy brokers. Your purchase from a reputable breeder helps good breeders thrive and continue to produce quality dogs into the future.
Here are a few important questions you should ask all breeders you are considering purchasing a puppy from:
Do they do health testing on all breeding stock? What were the results of those tests and can they show you documentation. In this breed Hip displaysia, Eye exams, are the most important. Many breeders do much more testing.
Do they breed more then one or two breeds of dogs? If a breeder is breeding many different breeds of dogs then they are most likely not a reputable breeder.
Does this breeder belong to any breed associations? For you, the customer, it is very important for a breeder to belong to a breed association. These associations regulate the breeders, making sure they health test their dogs, breed by a code of ethics, breed for a "breed standard", and many other rules that result in the breeding of a quality dog.
Do they offer a Health Guarantee? All reputable breeders offer some kind of guarantee that your puppy is healthy and will be for years to come.
Ask for references! Call and talk to past customers about their buying experience and the quality of their puppy. If a breeder won't give you references there is something wrong.
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Worldwide Australian Labradoodle Association (WALA)
Labradoodle Grooming Video (I like this one)
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