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Today we are going to be looking at how to correctly buy a German Shepherd Puppy.
When buying a German Shepherd, we all hope that they are going to live a long and happy life, and that we as owners, want to feel like we are able to take responsibility and that nothing we have done causes them any pain or discomfort.
Well, you can give your German Shepherd the best nutrition and supplement routine.
You can give them the best training and exercise regimes.
You can give them all the love and attention in the world but if you don’t get this right your dog is going to have a much much higher chance of health problems and it’s going to cost you a lot more than just money along the way.
It may seem obvious but I’m talking about buying your German Shepherd from a Professional Breeder.
This is an incredibly important factor when it comes to overall German Shepherd health,
It doesn’t matter if you do everything else correctly when it comes to nutrition, training, obedience, love, and care.
If this isn’t done right from the beginning nothing can fix it later on down the line. As we all know, the German Shepherd breed suffers from many known hereditary diseases, illnesses, and physical conditions.
This makes it essential that you buy your puppy from a professional German Shepherd dog breeder where they are ensuring that only healthy dogs are being used for parent animals.
You want to avoid what is called ‘Backyard Breeders’ or Puppy Mills.
A Backyard Breeder is an amateur animal breeder. While some may have good intentions, in most cases the conditions are considered substandard, with little to no emphasis on ethical or selective breeding, or provide proper care for the well-being of the animals they are breeding.
And Puppy Mills are the mass production of puppies and profit. For them, puppies are a commodity that is only there to line their pockets.
It may seem tempting to buy that cute German Shepherd puppy online that you see. And it’s a whole lot cheaper to buy from ‘backyard breeders’ or Puppy Mills. And even though they look exactly the same what you see isn’t always what you get at all.
The United States has a huge problem when it comes to Backyard breeders and Puppy Mills across all breeds.
The main motivation in breeders like this is money with almost no love or care taken for the breed whatsoever.
This results in animals that are extremely prone to illness and disease especially later on in life.
Again, why it might seem a good idea to buy that cheap puppy.
The chances are that you have to pay out later on down the line for large vet bills and other potential surgeries.
Not to mention the emotional cost of having a dog for you and your family which will most likely have a much higher risk of a short life expectancy.
This being said though, buying a German Shepherd puppy from even a professional license breeder is no guarantee that they aren’t going to suffer illnesses down the line.
This is something that no breeder can claim in the world.
However, the odds will be so much higher in health complications from a backyard breeder. Some people also fall for the tricks of backyard breeders pretending to be professional.
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So here are some key giveaways of backyard breeders:
1. Look out for the misspelling of the word ‘Shepherd’ on ads and websites.
2. Dogs are listed only by call name, with no links to pedigrees or full registered names.
3. No pedigrees are available anywhere on the site, and cannot be found in any online database.
4. The breeder’s main claims are that the dogs are AKC-registered, or that their dogs come from “Champion Bloodlines”.
5. No health certifications are listed, and cannot be proven by the breeder.
6. There are no photos or videos of the dog working or performing any meaningful activity.
7. Dogs are purposely bred out of standard. So they could be advertised as ‘huge’ or ‘tiny’ or ‘rare color’ variations.
8. The Dogs are bred before two years of age.
The opposite of this is a reputable breeder/professional breeder
Reputable breeders are also known as ethical breeders. Their focus is on the health, preservation, and betterment of the breed.
Reputable breeders spend top dollar on medical care, premium food, and the overall maintenance of their pups and breeding pairs.
So usually they make less than what it costs them to breed a litter of superior puppies. And it’s not uncommon for them to only breed two litters in a year.
The price tag for pups from reputable breeders is often high. But keep in mind that disreputable breeders can also sell pups at high prices. So the price is not the only thing to go by.
Although, it’s worth noting that if you come across a breeder whose selling point is “we sell our pups for cheaper than other breeders”, you should be hearing alarm bells.
A reputable breeder will always screen potential buyers to make sure they can afford to care for one of their pups.
So be prepared to answer questions. And even share your vet’s contact details with this type of breeder.
They will also require that you sign a purchase contract. This contract will deal with things like:
- A spay or neuter clause.
- A health guarantee.
- And an agreement that the owner will return the pup if they are no longer able to care for it.
A reputable breeder will NEVER sell their puppies through a pet shop.
Here are some tips to find reputable Breeders:
1.) Ask your Vet
2.) At Dog Shows
3.) Official German Shepherd Clubs
4.) Official Kennel Clubs, like the American Kennel Club for example.
5.) References from friends and family
It’s going to be a little work to find someone reputable and of course, it will cost you more.
But at the end of the day, the chances of your German Shepherd’s health and happiness are much higher.
And you are taking the rights steps towards being a responsible breeder.
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What I’d like to know is, what do you think is the most important thing when to do before you buy a German Shepherd?