Bulldogs For Dummies
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Being a responsible dog breeder means more than just loving dogs. Dog breeding is a huge responsibility made up of hard work and occasional setbacks and disappointments. So before you decide to become a dog breeder or find one, go through this list of qualities that define a dependable breeder:

  • Becomes a member of the national breed club and participates in activities that support the breed: Conformation Shows, Obedience Trials, Agility Competitions, Breed-specific events.

  • Follows all breed-club recommendations for hereditary defect testing of all breeding stock.

  • Does not release any dog, puppy or adult, to a new home before it is sexually altered, unless the dog is specifically designated as show or breeding stock.

  • Does not release any dog, puppy or adult, who has not had an identifying microchip implanted.

  • Takes all necessary steps to insure that each and every dog bred is given all the socialization that's appropriate for the dog's age.

  • Maintains proper housing for the breed with adequate room for exercise.

  • Remains vigilant in maintaining clean and sanitary conditions at all times.

  • Prepared to make appointments for prospective buyers or those interested in breeding to view the dogs.

  • Guarantees in writing the health of all stock sold.

  • Available for the lifetime of the dog to answer questions related to dogs sold.

  • Will take back any dog sold if the buyer is unable to keep the dog.

  • Uses a sales contract in all instances that clearly defines the rights and expectations of both buyer and seller.

  • Keeps all registration and veterinary documents relating to the dog available for inspection at the time of the sale.

  • Does not permit any dog to go to a home or environment that is not entirely suitable for the breed of dog.

  • Completes all inoculations appropriate for the age of the dog being sold.

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During her 30-year writing career, Susan M. Ewing, MS, has written 11 books on dogs. She's served as vice president of the Dog Writers Association of America and president of the Cat Writers Association. She's contributed columns and articles about pets to a slew of publications.

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