A Responsible Breeder
Just what is a responsible breeder
of purebred dogs and why are they so special? Just what is it that sets such a person apart from any other breeder and why should they
be sought out by anyone looking to purchase a puppy?
- A responsible breeder is dedicated
to the breed - always learning about their select breed, recognizing the need to adhere
to key breed identifying characteristics and working hard to do everything
possible to maintain and preserve a given breed for the enjoyment of future
- A responsible breeder carefully weighs each mating with an
eye on what is best for the breed in terms of appearance, temperament,
and health considerations.
- A responsible breeder never breeds just to sell
puppies for money, instead a responsible breeder looks upon each puppy
as an investment in the future of the breed. All potential puppy buyers
are thoroughly screened to determine suitability, responsibility and capability.
- A responsible breeder is always there to answer questions, give advise
and offer guidance to new puppy owners and will remain a ready source of
assistance throughout the animal's lifetime.
- A responsible breeder does not
"wholesale" puppies to "brokers" for resale to a pet shop; responsible
breeders do not regard their puppies as "cash crop" or "pin money."
breeders never mate two dogs without being prepared to care for the resulting
puppies for the rest of their lives.
- Responsible breeders have long range
plans, definitive thoughts about their breed and are never afraid to speak
up and voice an opinion.
- Responsible breeders are always there - through
the joys of life and heartache of death.
- Responsible breeders are the backbone
of their breed and leave a lasting legacy for future generations of dog
lovers to enjoy.
The American Kennel Club (AKC), as well as the Golden Retriever Club of America
(GRCA), strongly recommend buying from a responsible breeder. Both have numerous
resources to share with potential buyers to help them do their homework before
buying a dog, to help them decide whether a Golden Retriever is the dog for
them, or help them choose a breed compatible with their lifestyle and to help
them find a responsible breeder. AKC encourages potential buyers to contact
its Customer Service Department in North Carolina at 919-233-9767. You may also
peruse their websites for further information and find a responsible breeder
in your area:
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