You have decided to buy a purebred dog after carefully considering the time and budget that you can devote to it. There are two solutions: contact a breeder professional or a association animal protection. Our tips for finding your hairball with an organization trust.
Buying a purebred dog: a well-considered decision
The many races selected around the world present a wide choice of sizes, dresses, abilities and behaviors. But when you decide to acquire a dog, be sure to study the characteristics of the breed so that it is adapted to your lifestyle (level of daily activity, length of absence from your home, age and size of the animal, etc.). Acquiring a living being is not a trivial act because you are committing to long term (About 15 years old) which generates expenses for his food, care and health (vaccines, dewormers, antiparasitics, sterilization, maintenance) to which are added the unforeseen such as injuries, illnesses, infections, etc. A dog will also cost you in temps because, for its balance, it will require daily outings, even if you have a garden. If you do not meet their needs, you risk having an animal that destroy, becomes aggressive, barks, runs away. When you are sure that you can fulfill all the conditions favorable to your well-being, it will be time to go in search of your doggie. If the animal market is not lacking in supply, we recommend that you acquire your purebred dog from a breeder or from a shelter / association of protection animal.
Buying a purebred dog from a breeder
When your choice of breed is made, it is advisable to direct you to a breeding canine. In most cases, the puppy will have spent the first two months of its life in contact with humans and will thus be socialized. Buying a dog from a professional also makes it possible to know its lineage and therefore to avoid consanguinity and diseases.
Where can I find the coordinates of a breeder?
You can find the references of the breeders at the Central Canine Society. On the website of this body approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, a dedicated section lists many farms located in France.
How to make the right choice among all breeders?
Breeders have a duty to breed individuals that are free from physical defects and have the best possible behavior. Our recommendations: choose professionals specialized in one breed rather than those practicing multi-breed breeding. Once you have noted the coordinates, do not rush because you need to inquire about the quality of the establishment, see the premises, discover the living conditions of the animals, ask questions. If a breeder refuses to show you around, don’t insist. Likewise, if the person or places give you a bad impression, that no trust does not settle with the professional, do not hesitate to visit other structures. You will eventually find the one that will meet your expectations.
What questions to ask the breeder?
When you visit a dog farm, we suggest that you ask:
- A meeting with the parents puppies to observe their physique, age, character, behavior and state of health;
- The clauses provided for in the contract in the event of a health problem (hereditary or congenital disorder, for example);
- The vaccines and dewormers which will be administered before the purchase of the animal;
- The results obtained by parents if you want to acquire a working or show puppy.
What are the documents provided by the breeder?
As part of his breeding activity, the professional is required to respect certain obligations as :
- Theidentification at its expense of the animal through the implantation of an electronic chip under its skin. This number is unique to each dog. In this context, you will receive the identification card specifying the number of the animal as well as that of the birth certificate;
- The delivery of a certificate of sale mentioning the contact details of the seller and the purchaser, the identity of the animal (first name and affix, name formed by the company name of the breeder), the date of the transaction, the price and the name of the seller’s veterinarian ;
- The delivery of a document mentioning his registration in the LOF (French book of origins). This title is provisional and will not become definitive when you request a confirmation to a judge certified by the central canine society;
- The delivery of a health book from the veterinarian specifying the care and vaccinations carried out and an information document on the characteristics of the breed.
Adopt a purebred dog within an association
You should know that associations protection animals also offer purebred dogs for placement. The reasons for their abandonment are various: illness or death of their owner, moving, allergy … Of course, they are not generally puppies but an adult has the advantage of having acquired the cleanliness and know the basic orders. Note that reformed breeding dogs are also a good solution. These are offered through refuges or directly from breeders.
What is a reformed breeding dog?
A reformed breeding dog can no longer be part of the herd reproductive for various reasons: his age, infertility, a problem genetic (a dog can be a healthy carrier of a disease and transmit it to his descendants); difficulty in integrating into the breeding pack, tare physical (which can be slight: anomaly on a toe, dentition, etc.) This option makes it possible to accommodate a dog at a lower cost while performing a good deed. Note that the animal will be sterilized upon its adoption or that a no reproduction will be specified on the contract. The shelter or the breeder reserves the right to refuse a placement if the reception conditions do not seem to meet the needs the animal (living in an apartment, unfenced garden, presence of congeners or cats, hours of absence during the day, daily physical activity). These requirements may seem draconian, but they are only intended to guarantee the well-being of the animal.