Spotting A Good Cairn Terrier Breeder

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Good day and welcome back!

This is Sharda with another Cairn Terrier newsletter.

Cairn Terrier breeders that are concerned about advancing the breed, and who care for each of the 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 Cairn Terrier puppy.

As the buyer you should consider getting the following information from the Cairn Terrier breeder:

  • Does the breeder have a contract to purchase that clearly outlines the guarantee of health and a return or refund policy?
  • Does the breeder know or has he/she worked with both the parents of the puppy?
  • Can the Cairn Terrier breeder provide a lineage chart for the puppy tracing back several generations?
  • Will the 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 dogs and puppies that the breeder owns socialize together?
  • Does the breeder limit the amount that you handle the 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 Cairn Terrier breeder will be concerned with the safety and health of the puppies, and will only allow serious buyers to handle the Cairn Terrier 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 Cairn Terrier dogs.

A breeder may also limit how long you are in the kennel with the Cairn Terrier puppies at any given time, even if you are a serious buyer.

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 grueling!

This is done to ensure that the puppy will be properly cared for and treated once it is sold.

Answering the Cairn Terrier breeder’s questions and making any recommended changes in your arrangements will increase your chances of obtaining a puppy.

The Cairn Terrier breeder 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 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 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 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.

Discuss your concerns or issues with the breeder, and take the time to do some research before making the first visit.

Attending some dog shows or events may help you to determine which breeder you would like to work with.

I hope that you learned a lot from today’s Cairn Terrier newsletter.

All the best and take care

Sharda Baker