Hi and Welcome Everyone!
This is Sharda with another Border Collie newsletter!
Here’s your guide to buy from Good Border Collie Breeders!
Being Collie breeder is not like being a doctor, lawyer or teacher; there are no set training or educational requirements to the job.
Rather the health, temperament and adherence to breed standards or their animals are the measure by which a Collie breeder is judged.
Most Border Collie breeders have a genuine love for their animals, and breed them responsibly and in the best interests of the individual animals – as well as the breed as a whole.
After all, breeders’ reputations are based on the ability of the puppies they sell to develop into champions of the Border Collie breed.
Unfortunately, as with most things, there are those who consider themselves breeders who are more interested in making money than raising dogs.
So, let’s start with today’s newsletter shall we?
WHY GET A PUPPY FROM COLLIE BREEDERS?
Purchasing your puppy from a Border Collie breeder provides you with:
- Peace of mind as to the medical background of the Collie pups parents in current and past generations.
- Quality assurance that the Collie puppies that you purchased will meet breed standards and specifications.
- Support in understanding and working with the breed of your choice – the Border Collie.
- Advice as to vaccination regimes, medical concerns associated with the breed, local trainers and handlers, and other questions you may have.
The Collie breeder’s role is to continue to choose dogs to breed that will enhance the most desirable characteristics of the breed, and minimize any undesirable characteristics.
WHAT SHOULD YOU ASK BORDER COLLIE BREEDERS?
Breeders that are concerned about advancing the breed, and who care for each of the Collie puppies they have will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. They will, in fact, probably want to ask you several of their own before deciding if you are right for their puppy.
As the buyer you should consider getting the following information from the Border Collie breeder:
- Does the breeder have a contract to purchase that clearly outlines the guarantee of health and a return or refund policy?
- Does the Collie breeder know or has he/she worked with both the parents of the Collie puppies?
- Can the breeder provide a lineage chart for the Collie pups tracing back several generations?
- Will the Collie breeder let you see the other animals in the kennel and is the kennel clean, well maintained and animal friendly?
- Are you allowed to see other adult Collie dogs and Collie puppies that the breeder owns socialize together?
- Does the breeder limit the amount that you handle the Collie pups?
- Does the local, state or national breed organization or club recognize the breeder?
- How often does the breeder allow the female and male to breed and reproduce?
A good Border Collie breeder will be concerned with the safety and health of the puppies, and will only allow serious buyers to handle Collie puppies.
If you are just enquiring about the breed you may be able to see them from a distance and may be able to interact with the adult Collie dogs.
A breeder may also limit how long you are in the kennel with the puppies at any given time, even if you are a serious buyer.
WHAT SHOULD A BORDER COLLIE BREEDER ASK YOU?
Many people who are buying a puppy from a breeder for the first time feel a bit overwhelmed by the information that the breeder requests.
It can seem rather gruelling! This is done to ensure that the puppy will be properly cared for and treated once it is sold.
Answering the breeder’s questions and making any recommended changes in your arrangements will increase your chances of obtaining a puppy.
Border Collie breeders may typically ask the following:
- What is your home and yard like? The breeder may ask to home and visit your home, just as you are visiting the kennel or the breeder’s home.
- What are your intentions for the Collie dog? The breeder may require that you spay or neuter the dog, or only breed to animals that they approve.
- They may ask for a history of your pets, and may require you to sign an agreement regarding how you will train, use or show the dog.
- They may ask the situation and schedule of your family, and may want to know how many people will interact with the Collie dog, and how old any children are in the family.
- The breeder may require that you train the puppy at a particular trainer, or using a particular method.
- The breeder may require that you return the dog to them before selling or giving the Collie dog to someone else, in the event that it does not work out for you to keep the dog.
The more information that you know about the breeder and the breed, and the more information the breeder knows about you, the better the match will be.
That’s it for today!
I really hope that you learned a LOT from today’s newsletter.
All the best and take care