Where and how to find a good dog breeder is a frequently asked question under my most viewed video. Because we all live in different places or even countries, instead of sharing who my breeder is, it may be more valuable to discuss how to find a good breeder. Let’s talk about the reasons for choosing or not choosing a breeder, what to look for in a good breeder, and my personal experience with my breeders. Generally, a good breeder would like to have their dogs’ bloodline land in a great new home. While the dog parent is choosing a breeder, the breeder is also choosing the dog parents. For this reason, I will also walk you through a few questions I personally received from my two breeders. Some of those questions are great for self-assessment before spending your valuable time on finding a breeder.
The first and easiest thing to look for is the registration of the breeder in associations such as the Canadian Border Collie Association or the similar ones in your countries. Go visit your breeder if necessary, as it requires a lot of time, space, and money to breed dogs. They are not shy from showing the puppy’s parents and where the dogs live. The breeder’s family tend to live with the puppies so that they are socialized and accustomed to human activities. By visiting the breeder, you will also get a sense of whether the breeder is aiming for a profit or for the love of the breed. It is also the opportunity to ask the breeder about their breeding practices. For some rules of thumbs, border collies should only breed between 1.5 to 4 years old and retire after 4-5 litters. A responsible breeder should also provide you health screening results, genetic testing of the puppy and its parents, registration, vet visiting and vaccine record.
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