If you are considering adopting or purchasing a purebred dog, before selecting the breed and the kennel from which you will acquire your puppy, we have some questions for you to get some ideas and provide some insights. An informed acquisition/adoption greatly increases the chances of you getting a dog that meets your expectations and also supports the quality of breeders’ work who prioritize the dog’s and puppies’ wellbeing.
The first of them is a copy of the respective pedigrees, along with the contract ensuring the pedigree of your puppy as soon as it is issued.
There are two primary reasons for requesting the parent’s pedigrees. First, it ensures that you are supporting a breeder where the dogs are registered, as without knowing the ancestral data, the breeder cannot work towards genetic improvement. Breeders who do not register their dogs often prioritize profit over the breed’s quality or the dogs’ health.
The second reason for knowing the parent’s pedigrees before choosing the puppy and receiving copies of them is to evaluate the names of the parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. The more frequently names are repeated in the maternal and paternal pedigrees, the higher the likelihood of inbreeding among puppies, which means a high risk of many different diseases that your puppy might face.
Even if a litter has been separated from the mother for some reason (for instance, no longer being nursed by the mother), it is essential for the puppies to interact with each other and preferably with the mother and other adult dogs until they are at least 60 days of age. This interaction is crucial for the development of the dog’s personality and will help prevent future behavior problems.
– The breeder provides you with the puppy’s vaccination record, with vaccine stamps and veterinarian’s stamp/signature.
– The breeder provides you with the microchip statement.
– You agree to and fully understand all of the terms of the purchase and sale contract.
– Along with the puppy, you should receive all these documents, as well as the parent’s pedigree copies, the health exams conducted on the parents before breeding, and paternity test reports.