Good day and welcome back! This is Sharda with another Cairn Terrier newsletter. While probably the most expensive choice, buying from a Cairn Terrier breeder is generally the best option if you want a purebred puppy from a reputable line. So, let’s talk more about these Cairn Terrier breeders shall we? Most breeders offer a guarantee of health, as well as detailed information on the breed. A Cairn Terrier breeder will often interview you as a potential owner, and may even want to come and visit your home before agreeing to sell a puppy. Most breeders encourage you to come and see the litter several times before choosing the puppy that is right for you. They will often provide recommendations on food, veterinarians in the area, trainers, problematic issues with the breed, as well as other points of interest. Most Cairn Terrier breeders will also discuss issues with spaying or neutering the pets, unless it is agreed upon that the puppy will be a show dog or future breeding stock. Before visiting a Cairn Terrier breeder, it is important to ask for information on the line of dogs that they are breeding, as well as any relevant health information on the parents. Do some research both on the breed and on the line the puppies are bred from. Calling other kennels that are breeding the same type of dogs or contacting the breed association may be helpful. Getting this information prior to visiting the breeder is essential as it is all too easy to get caught up in the excitement of getting a new puppy. Make sure that the Kennel Club in your country or location recognizes the breeder. Ask for information on shows or events that the breeder has participated in and where his/her dogs have been entered. If the breeder is unable or unwilling to provide this information, it may be wise to consider trying another breeder. Be aware that Cairn Terrier puppies from championship lines may be difficult to purchase and you may have to wait for a puppy. Good Cairn Terrier breeders will not produce litter after litter; rather they will breed their dogs based on the health and well-being of the female. Purchasing a puppy from a Cairn Terrier breeder is the option that allows you to know the temperament and lineage of the parent dogs, as well as the medical background of the puppy. It also insures that you will get a quality animal that can be shown or bred if desired. FINDING A GOOD CAIRN TERRIER BREEDER Being a dog 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 breeder is judged. Most Cairn Terrier 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 Cairn Terrier breed. Unfortunately, as with most things, there are those who consider themselves breeders who are more interested in making money than raising dogs. In order to get the puppy that you want and to be satisfied with the dog both now and in the future it is important to do some research on the breeder that you are considering. WHY GET A PUPPY FROM A CAIRN TERRIER BREEDER? Purchasing your puppy from a Cairn Terrier breeder provides you with:
- Peace of mind as to the medical background of the puppy’s parents in current and past generations.
- Quality assurance that the puppy that you purchase will meet breed standards and specifications.
- Support in understanding and working with the breed of your choice – the Cairn Terrier.
- Advice as to vaccination regimes, medical concerns associated with the breed, local trainers and handlers, and other questions you may have.
The Cairn Terrier 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. A Cairn Terrier breeder will usually be active in showing animals, and will be very aware of the current trends in the breed, so they will be actively pursuing the breed standards. In addition to being aware of current and future trends, a good breeder will also be aware of the history and lineage of each individual dog that they have, and will be aware of any potential problems in breeding into another line. I hope that you learned a lot from today’s Cairn Terrier newsletter. All the best and take care Warmly, Sharda Baker