Dog Breeders differ from each other: How do you know which breeder is best?

So you have decided to open your home to a new puppy and have ruled out the possibility of obtaining a new canine friend from a shelter or rescue, where do you go to find your new puppy dog?

Breeders are individuals or organizations that mates, whelps, raises, then sells puppies. Beyond that simple definition, there is a wide range of diverse kinds of dog breeders, with the differences resting in the quality and quantity of care provided for the mother, father, and puppies. Chosing a good, responsible, reputable breeder is just as important as chosing a good puppy!  Many times, once family finds a great breeder, they find a great pup - because there are no bad pups in a good kennel - careful celection of breeding dogs and great care provided to the litters ensures quality of the dogs produced.

 For the purposes of this page, all breeders are divided into separate categories, although they may overlap and/or seem to be too close. We have used our own experience and observations and information obtained from the web (source).

Professional breeders look at themselves as a legitimate business and run the operation as a business which includes recordkeeping, accounting, and reporting income to the IRS. They may keep more dogs, have more litters per year, and have more experience with all aspects of the operation. They are likely to have contracts to sign, health guarantees for their puppies, and life time support in the form of information about all things related to their puppies. This life time support also extends to taking back a dog in the event that a family can no longer keep him.

All dogs are per breed standard - titled, shown, health - certified. These breeders are proud of the lines, show ratings and overall presentation of the pups. They know most (if not all) dogs on the pedigree, and are very selective where their pups go.

Sale price of the pups could be anywhere $2500-$8000, depending on the pedigree and type of registration.

The line is thin between the professional and Hobby breeder. Both have knowledge of the breed, health risks, and canine obstetrics. They both keep up-to-date on new research and knowledge and are continuing to learn more and more about their chosen breeds, though you are not going to see this type of conscientious breeder across the board.
Hobbyists test their breeding stock prior to breeding and choose dogs for breeding based on temperament, conformity and health. They care deeply about their puppies and want to assure that they are being placed in good homes.
By its very name, a hobby breeder is one who breeds occasionally, once or twice a year. Their litters are special, as they do not have a litter every month. A hobby breeder may be less experienced only because she/he has whelped fewer puppies.
They are also likely to have fewer dogs and they may live in her home giving her more opportunities to interact and care for the parents and pups. Conversely, many hobby breeders work outside the home and take vacation time when the pups are about to be born, leaving the mom and pups after a week to return to her day job.
They may also be involved with some type of dog activity such as obedience, agility, or conformity and show her dogs as part of her hobby. Again, this is often true for professional breeders as well but not always the case. Breeders that show their dogs are likely to charge more for their puppies, especially if they have “show” potential.
Sometimes it’s difficult to determine whether a breeder is a hobby breeder or a professional breeder because many people feel the term “hobby” has less negative connotations and avoid it. 

Hobby breeders are very proud of their dogs, they know the lines and strive to breed per standard - health test, show and title their breeding dogs.

Sale price of pups could be anywhere $1800-$3500, depending on the pedigree and reputation.

This breeder may or may not raise puppies in his backyard, but the name implies that it is an individual who has  AKC-registered dog or dogs, so they decide to let them mate. There are many reasons why this occurs.
· They want their children to experience the wonder of birth
· They have a beloved dog and want another one just like him or her
· They think they can make extra money on the side
· They have friends or family members who want a puppy

Most experts would agree that the reasons listed above are not adequate reasons for bring new puppies into this world. Since this type of breeder mates their pet dogs, they are like to care about the sire or dame and get adequate veterinary care for them.

This breeder is proud that their dogs are AKC registered. They know nothing about the lines, or can not tell about the dogs on the pedigree. They do not health-certify their dogs, do not show or title - because they claim their dogs to be "pet quality".  Frankly, dogs that are in a posession of a back-yard-breeders have very little with a breed standard; they are often off-colors, mixed lines (or breeds) and the breeder does not understand the diffrence. These breeders believe that off-colors (white, liver, blue, panda etc) are special and there are kennels specializing in breeding for the color.  Reputable kennels never sell dogs to a back-yard breeder and therefore, this type of breeders never has access to good breeding dogs. In our opinion supporting this kind og breeder and it's business practices greatly adds to the problem of shelter dogs, health problems and overall quality of the breed.

Pups are priced $600-$800 (because they are AKC-registered)

This type of breeder does not mean to breed for a purpose other that they have two dogs and they let mother Nature do what is right. Often times, mating is not planned - neighbor dogs run loose, or something happens. Sometimes, pet owners just want farm dogs, so they are looking for a stud to mate with their dogs. We do not support this breeding, but if it happened by accident and the dog owner spays the female after whelping - there is no judging. Things happen. These breeders have no ambition to be called a breeder, they are simply happy to have all their pups find a good home. No registration is involved and no promises on the quality of the dog.

Pups are often mixed breed (Husky, Collie, German Shepherd, etc) and are sold $50-$200

*we sure hope that the higher amounts are asked to cover vet cost, feed and electric/heating cost and not to make money

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