Pick a Breeder!

So You want to buy one of my puppies!

When you decide, you want to buy a Bolognese puppy it is important that you source a reputable breeder. Any website can look amazing so do not take this as a marker for how reputable the breeder is. Reputable breeders will have a history of breeding sound healthy puppies and will not breed frequently so be prepared to have to wait for your puppy.

Don’t let your desire for a puppy right now send you to a less-than-reputable source. Hopefully, you’re going to live with the dog you choose for a decade or longer; it’s worth waiting a few months to get a dog who has a better chance of making those years happy ones.

A more recent way to connect with reputable breeders is though the Internet, where you can join a group or discussion list devoted to your type of dog. Just type the breed name plus “group” into your favorite search engine.

Be aware that bad breeders know how to use the Internet and will happily sell you one of their puppies. Auction sites have also popped up, where the puppy or dog in question goes to the highest bidder, no questions asked. Good breeders use their Web sites to educate; bad ones to move the merchandise. Proceed carefully!

How do you know if a breeder is trustworthy?

Be doubtful of breeders that advertise their puppies as ” ready to go ” in the newspaper, on Facebook and similar low cost / free advertising sources.

Good breeders don’t sell their puppies to the first person who shows up with cash in hand. A good breeder has a waiting list.

A good breeder will not advertise their puppies in the paper or on websites like Epupz, Pets4home

A reputable breeder will never sell their dogs through the above-mentioned sources or in any other way that does not allow them to thoroughly meet with and interview you to ensure that the puppy is a good match for your and that you will provide a responsible lifelong home.

Good breeders take care to select good parents for their puppies, provide proper health care, take time to raise a litter properly and put in a lot of effort to ensure they produce well-adjusted and healthy puppies.

Good breeders do not breed very often and do not breed to order. They breed to promote the breed usually to produce show stock so they will breed from the best to the best not to satisfy a retail market.

Good breeders will be able to tell you when their next litter is planned so be prepared to wait – if you have chosen your breeder well, it will be worth it.

One good way to ensure the reliability of the breeder is one that protects the future of the puppy. A breeder who is willing to take the puppy back at any time in its life is reputable. Things happen in families and sometimes people are no longer able to care for the dog. Many breeders have chosen this path because they love their dogs. Unfortunately, not all breeders produce puppies because they love the dogs. So, you need to see or discover for yourself whether a breeder is in it just for the money, meaning they skimp on whatever they can to make a profit. Or whether the breeder produces puppies because they love animals.

Here are some ways to help you learn this.

In other words, the pictures tell more then 1000 words, look through the website and photos on there and you will get your answer quickly if the breeder breeds for the love of the breed or to make a quick profit where as little as possible is spent on the dogs.

When you are looking for reputable Bolognese breeders, you can begin by asking your veterinarian. Your vet is perhaps the right person to ask for referrals because he or she knows the history of the Bolognese that comes into the clinic. Another reliable way of looking for reputable dog breeders is by contacting The British Bolognese breed club. It would also be wise to go to dog shows and find reputable breeders there. If a breeder shows it often indicates they are breeding to forward a breed by ensuring a good specimen to show rather than just mate for profit.

Look for a breeder who:

• Breeds no more then 3 litters per year. Doesn’t always have puppies available.

• Does not mate bitches under 18 months old due to maturity.

• Does not take more then 3/4 litters in her lifetime

• Does not send the puppies to a new home before 8 weeks.

• Allows you to see the mother with the puppies. The puppies live in the house and there is no evidence of outside kenneling. This can sometimes be spotted on websites. Don’t just look at the dogs on the website. Look beyond that. Where are they photographed? In their natural surrounding, running free in the garden and that there is no evidence of outside kenneling.

• Encourages multiple visits before you take your puppy home.

• Cares about what happens to the puppies they breed

• Has Bolognese who appear happy and healthy, are excited to meet new people, and don’t shy away from visitors.

• Breeds only one or two types of dogs, and is knowledgeable about the breed standards (the desired characteristics of the breed in areas such as size, proportion, coat and temperament).

• Is well versed in the potential genetic problems inherent in the breed, and explains to you what those concerns are.

• Has a good and strong relationship with a local veterinarian and shows you the records of veterinary visits for the puppies. Explains the puppies’ medical history and what vaccinations your new puppy will need.

• Regularly vaccinates at the vets all their dogs.

• Gives you guidance on caring and training for your puppy and is available for your assistance after you take your puppy home.

• Feeds high quality “premium” brand food.

• Actively competes with her/his dogs in shows (which judge how closely dogs match their “breed standard”).

One good way to ensure the reliability of the breeder is one that protects the future of the puppy. A breeder who is willing to take the puppy back at any time in its life is reputable. Things happen in families and sometimes people are no longer able to care for the dog. Many breeders have chosen this path because they love their dogs. Unfortunately, not all breeders produce puppies because they love the dogs. So, you need to see or discover for yourself whether a breeder is in it just for the money, meaning they skimp on whatever they can to make a profit. Or whether the breeder produces puppies because they love animals.

Here are some ways to help you learn this.

In other words, the pictures tell more then 1000 words, look through the website and photos on there and you will get your answer quickly if the breeder breeds for the love of the breed or to make a quick profit where as little as possible is spent on the dogs.

When you are looking for reputable Bolognese breeders, you can begin by asking your veterinarian. Your vet is perhaps the right person to ask for referrals because he or she knows the history of the Bolognese that comes into the clinic. Another reliable way of looking for reputable dog breeders is by contacting The British Bolognese breed club. It would also be wise to go to dog shows and find reputable breeders there. If a breeder shows it often indicates they are breeding to forward a breed by ensuring a good specimen to show rather than just mate for profit.

Look for a breeder who:

• Breeds no more then 3 litters per year. Doesn’t always have puppies available.

• Does not mate bitches under 18 months old due to maturity.

• Does not take more then 3/4 litters in her lifetime

• Does not send the puppies to a new home before 8 weeks.

• Allows you to see the mother with the puppies. The puppies live in the house and there is no evidence of outside kenneling. This can sometimes be spotted on websites. Don’t just look at the dogs on the website. Look beyond that. Where are they photographed? In their natural surrounding, running free in the garden and that there is no evidence of outside kenneling.

• Encourages multiple visits before you take your puppy home.

• Cares about what happens to the puppies they breed

• Has Bolognese who appear happy and healthy, are excited to meet new people, and don’t shy away from visitors.

• Breeds only one or two types of dogs, and is knowledgeable about the breed standards (the desired characteristics of the breed in areas such as size, proportion, coat and temperament).

• Is well versed in the potential genetic problems inherent in the breed, and explains to you what those concerns are.

• Has a good and strong relationship with a local veterinarian and shows you the records of veterinary visits for the puppies. Explains the puppies’ medical history and what vaccinations your new puppy will need.

• Regularly vaccinates at the vets all their dogs.

• Gives you guidance on caring and training for your puppy and is available for your assistance after you take your puppy home.

• Feeds high quality “premium” brand food.

• Actively competes with her/his dogs in shows (which judge how closely dogs match their “breed standard”).

ASK QUESTIONS

A good breeder prior to selling a puppy will ask you many questions; it would be like going to a job interview. The breeder would ask you about your family, they would really like to know if you would be a great owner or not.

A good breeder would also be ready to give a follow up service to make sure that the puppy is kept in tip top condition, and is also ready to take the puppy back in case something is very wrong with the puppy. In return you shall be prepared to ask questions and if you cannot get satisfactory answers, look elsewhere.

Ask the breeder the following questions:

  • How long have you been breeding? Is breeding a business or a hobby for you? If he/she says that breeding is a business, look for another breeder.
  • How often does your females produce a litter?
  • Where do you raise the puppies? Have the breeder show you the area where the puppies are being raised. If you are not allowed in to see all the litter and the breeder brings out individual puppies and won’t show you where they are kept and how, find another breeder
  • How old are the puppies when sold? A puppy needs to stay with his mother and siblings until he is 8 weeks old. If the breeder is selling younger puppies, find another breeder.
  • What happens if I can’t keep the dog? Most reputable breeders will take back any dog of their breeding at any time.
  • Will I receive a health record? Your breeder provides a health record with each puppy, showing what vaccinations have been given, and the dates the puppies were wormed.

Always personally visit a breeder’s facility before buying a puppy.

Find out where your puppy was born and raised, meet the Mother. Take the time now to find the right breeder and you’ll thank yourself for the rest of your dog’s life…

A final word of warning!

Puppy farms, dealers and unscrupulous breeders.

You may not know you are visiting a puppy farm until you arrive, as often they are sold from ordinary homes and have been shipped in from the foul conditions they have been raised. Please, do not be tempted to buy the puppy out of pity as this keeps the breeders in business!

Think carefully before buying and do not buy the puppy because you feel sorry for it.

If you trade with an unscrupulous dealer or breeder, you will be supporting their trade in misery. For everyone you buy, another will take its place. The right thing to do is to not buy a puppy from them but to stop their activity, report that breeder to The British Bolognese club, The Kennel club, your local authority’s Animal Welfare Officer and the RSPCA.

Good luck in your search