From the desk of Sharda Baker.
Hi and Welcome Everyone!
This is Sharda with another Papillon newsletter!
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 Papillon 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 Papillon 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 Papillon breeder?
Purchasing your puppy from a Papillon 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 Papillon.
- Advice as to vaccination regimes, medical concerns associated with the breed, local trainers and handlers, and other questions you may have.
The 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 Papillon 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.
A good Papillon breeder will be concerned with the safety and health of the puppies, and will only allow serious buyers to handle the 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 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.
Your first choice should be to purchase your new Papillon puppy from a reputable breeder.
The responsible breeders will always be working towards breeding new puppies that are closest to the Papillon standards. A good breeder will take the time to explain your new Papillon puppies pedigree, give you a health guarantee for your Papillon puppy and if for some reason there is a problem with the placement, either accept it back or help you obtain s suitable home for your puppy.
Responsible breeders will always answer any questions you have, and if necessary, help you solve any problems or concerns you may have with the puppy.
It is your responsibility to check out the breeder that you are interested in buying your Papillon from.
Many well-known breeders have been established for over twenty years, and have been breeding and showing Papillons with many champion Papillons to their credit.
That’s it for today.
Hope you learned something.
I’ll be back for more about Papillons.
All the best and take care.