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5 Reasons you don't need a reputable breeder when buying a puppy.
Reason #1: You have too much money and time on your hands, so frequent trips to the vet are not a problem!
Reputable breeder will screen dam and sire for known health problems in a breed, like heart defects, hips dysplasia, eye problems, etc. before proceeding with breeding. However, if you have no concern for the overall well-beeing of the breed, and don't mind spending thousands of dollars on preventable illness in your pup - don't bother looking for an ethical breeder.
Reason #2: You are experienced enough to mold any pup to your needs, despite their natural predisposition.
Siblings in the dogs' world can differ from each other in the same manner as siblings differ in the human world. It is easy to misjudge the true character of a puppy in the half an hour visit you'll make before picking up your pup. Normally stubborn, rumbunctious puppy can be asleep during the visit, and the easy going one might be going through an energy spurt.
Reputable breeders will match each family with a perfect puppy. Experienced owners who might want to pursue particular sport will get more active, more driven puppies, while families looking for a companion will get a more laid back, easy going pups.
Reason #3: You have mastered every skill you ever learned on the first try.
From cooking to algebra, you have never made mistakes or struggled with anything, and you are convinced that raising a puppy will be a breeze. There will be no questions regarding eating, potty training, chewing, or housebreaking. The puppy will learn, grow and develop exactly as you want it to, growing up into a perfectly healthy and well behaved dog from day one. You have nothing to gain from the experience of dedicated breeders who make a point to assist novice owners.
Reason #4: You could care less about what happens to your pup's siblings.
Naturally, an ethical breeder will ask you many questions from who will be watching the puppy during the day, to what kind of food you are planning to feed your new family member. They will screen every buyer, and will refuse placing puppies into homes that do not appear to be a good match with the breed. If you are not interested whether or not the rest of the pups are placed in good homes, then you do not need to bother looking for a reputable breeder.
Reason #5: The qualities you admire about the breed are not important to you.
Ethical breeders will only breed the best representatives of the breed. They will not combine substandard parents to produce substandard litters just to sell the puppies and make the money. Overly aggressive, unhealthy, and otherwise unfit dogs will not serve as a source of income, while there are so many waiting to be adopted in the shelters.
This must be said...
I must admit, I did not do my research before purchasing my first puppy. I thought the only thing that mattered is that the seller brought the puppies up in a family home, with obvious love and admiration for his own dogs.
However, thanks to the lessons I have learned since then in the community of dedicated Rottweiler owners, I vowed that all my dogs in the future will only come from rescue organizations, or breeders that follow ethical practices. I hope this article becomes a part of the reason puppy mills and breeding for pure profit cease to exist, and I will never again be a part of the problem that surrounds unethical breeding.