From a responsible Australian breeder you can expect to be asked such things as your work schedule, who lives in the house with you, what your yard layout is like and the kind of friends you have that may be visiting you in your home. Although these seem like personal questions, the Australian breeder cares what kind of home their puppy may be going to. A Australian breeder who asks no questions and is just looking for the sale won’t be able to offer you the same quality and breed of puppies as the responsible Australian breeder will.
Another perk to buying a puppy from a responsible Australian breeder is that you will be told the lineage that the puppy came from. In other words, you’ll be privy to the father’s as well as the mother’s heritage, and will be given the papers to prove it. This can be an important aspect of buying a puppy because personalities, as well as health issues, are generally hereditary, and it’s nice to be certain that your puppy is from good stock. Most of the time, a backyard Australian breeder or pet store simply won’t offer this type of information. In addition, pet store puppies usually come from a puppy mill—a relative breeding farm—and they are sold on a first come, first serve basis. Questions aren’t asked of the buyer and no attention is paid to the puppy’s welfare.
A responsible Australian breeder will also expect the buyer to have questions and concerns of their own. A buyer should not be afraid to ask questions about this new life you will be taking into your home. Here are a few things you should ask your Australian breeder about as well as some expectations that you should have:
• Is there a signed veterinary health certificate, plus a written health guarantee from the Australian breeder, including one against congenital defects?
• Are ACVO eye screening and OFA or Penn Hip certificates completed, to avoid any future problems with the puppies?
• Does the Australian breeder have a written contract available for you to sign, specifying the rights of the seller and also the Australian breeder’s rights?
• Is all health information available and up to date?
• Can the Australian breeder provide AKC or CKC registration papers on the puppy?
• What is the lineage of the puppies? A responsible Australian breeder should be able to tell you lineage from generations back, as well as giving you a family tree of the puppy.
Responsible Australian breeders will be able to help you find the puppy that is right for you and will be happy to give you tips on raising and caring for your new bundle of joy. As long as you find a responsible Australian breeder, it’s a sure thing that you’ll find the perfect puppy.