Eight Ways to Identify a Backyard breeder
The Bully Dog Rescue Coalition does not support breeders, but we do recognize that purchasing from a breeder is still an option for many people. If you choose to purchase from a breeder rather than adopt from a rescue or shelter, make sure you are purchasing from a qualified dog breeder and not a backyard breeder!
To make sure you’re working with a qualified breeder, we’ve put together this list of what to look for.
1) Breeding Location
Are you able to go to the breeding location? If not, the person you are working with is likely running this operation either in unsafe conditions.
2) Adoption Process
Any reputable organization will ask you background questions before adopting a pet to you. If the adoption process seems too simple, that’s probably because it’s a backyard breeder!
3) Availability of Puppies
Does the breeder ALWAYS seem to have puppies available? This could be a sign of a large operation or an operation that puts their female dogs under unnecessary stress. It is not safe for female dogs to be continuously reproducing. Puppies should not “always” be available.
4) Age When Puppies are Sold
Puppies are typically adopted in the 8-10 week range. A reputable breeder will not adopt a dog out before that time. In the first few weeks of life, puppies need their mothers. It takes about 8-10 weeks to properly wean the puppy, and behavioral traits are learned both from the mother and other puppies in the litter.
5) Information About the Parents
If you’re unable to meet the new puppy’s parents, you could be dealing with a backyard breeder. A responsible breeder will be able to provide you with the opportunity to meet the parents or detailed information on their background.
6) Spay & Neuter Policy
Any breeder knows the importance of spaying and neutering a pet. If the breeder you are working with does not have a policy on this, they are not a breeder you should trust. The pet overpopulation crisis results in millions of animals placed in shelters and rescues each year, and a responsible breeder will require spaying or neutering as part of an adoption agreement.
7) Little Education
If your breeder knows very little about the dog breed, this is cause for concern. Although you don’t need to be an expert to be a responsible breeder, to understand how to breed dogs, there is a base level of knowledge about the breed itself required.
8) Commitment to Take Back the Pet
Ask your breeder what their policy is should something go wrong, or the dog is not a good fit in your home. If the breeder refuses to take back the pup, they are likely not a reputable breeder. Responsible breeders will offer to take back a pet to avoid the pet ending up in a shelter or rescue.
Instead of purchasing from a breeder and dealing with all the headaches above, we urge you to choose a rescue instead. Backyard breeders mean bad news for dogs around the world!