Many people have never bought a dog, and it is normal that they have doubts or do not know what the usual procedure of buying a dog should be, and the behavior that a breeder should have. This article is designed to teach you what the dog buying process should look like.
1. Do some preliminary research.
You shouldn’t buy the first dog to walk past your eyes just because they offer it to you. A dog is a life partner that will be with you for many years, and it is your responsibility to choose the right one.
Let’s suppose that you already know the breed that you like and that it would work well for you due to its behavior, size, care, etc. Now you must find a responsible and reliable kennel where you can buy it. We currently live in a digitized world from which we can get a lot of information. That is why we recommend that you start the process by following your main candidates on social networks. In this way you will be able to verify several points:
- Check if there is homogeneity between the dogs that upload in photographs. In the event that it does not exist, it means that that kennel does not have a clear vision of the type of dog they want to select.
- Check for continuity. A professional kennel should keep their social media profiles active, and should show users how they treat animals, and the state they are in. In addition, they must have been working for some time, and it will not be a litter that they have had by chance and from which they are trying to sell the puppies to make money.
- Check if the clients of that kennel have satisfied clients. The best way to know if a kennel is reliable or not is by locating previous buyers as much as possible. You can locate some dogs in the tagged tab of Instagram for example.
- Check their website. A serious kennel usually has a well-designed website where breeding males and females are displayed. On the website you can also find out if the dogs have health certificates, possible trophies, their history, the team behind everything and reviews from some customers.
- Check if the dogs have pedigree. This is a very important piece of information, since serious breeders ALWAYS use pedigrees to be able to keep track of their breeding plan and thus avoid inbreeding, genetic diseases and undesirable crosses. Usually breeders put it on their Instagram / Facebook bio, or on their website.
We recommend that you follow your candidates for a while and that you learn as much as possible from them so as not to make a mistake in your choice. In their Instagram / Facebook stories, you can learn a lot about the breeding philosophy that the kennel has and see if it agrees with your thoughts or not.
2. Information request to the breeder
Once you have taken your time to analyze the breeder, you will have already made the decision of which one or which you would like to obtain a dog. Now is the time to get in touch with them. You will have to review what is the system that has to be able to communicate with him. Each breeder has his system, and it is you who is wanting to buy, so you must behave under the rules established by the breeder.
Do not try to get in direct communication with the breeder over the phone, unless explicitly indicated. Many breeders with a large volume of requests have entry barriers, such as an information form, where they will send a more or less automatic response, to later inform in a more personalized way.
Until you buy a dog, you are not a customer, you are a person interested in information. Therefore, we do not recommend taking too much trust with the breeder, or attacking him with questions about the breed, which you should have previously learned. Remember that the serious and responsible breeder will only sell one of his copies to a respectful person, so he could reject you as a buyer if he does not see you favorably.
The breeder should provide you with information about the litters that will be in the future, or about the puppies available. He should also be open to showing you the pedigree of his horses and their health certifications if he has them. If you are a reputable and experienced breeder, you will not need to ask for a lot of health information.
3. The moment of purchase.
Once you have all the necessary information to make the purchase, it is time to make it.
In the event that you are going to make a reservation, it is very possible that the breeder will request half the amount of the animal. At the time of delivery of the puppy, you will be asked for the second part of the payment plus the shipping costs.
In the event that you are going to buy an already born puppy, the breeder will ask you for the total amount. In the event that you still do not have the money (you should have it) you may have to make a reserve of the puppy with some amount to show the breeder that you are committed.
Unless you are a customer who has already purchased, a serious breeder is not going to reserve a dog simply by word of mouth, as there is no trust. Generally, all breeders, even their former clients, will ask for a firm reserve.
Don’t ask for discounts if the breeder hasn’t sold you before. In the event that you buy more than one specimen at the same time, the breeder may make a price reduction.
When the payment is made, the breeder may make you sign a contract. In the event that there is no contract, the conversation you have had, will work as a contract, being the confirmation of it, the payment of the puppy.
4. Breeder guarantees.
A serious breeder will always give some kind of guarantee to his clients. In general, the parents of the puppy will have some type of certificate for a specific disease suffered by the breed (if it is a functional breed and they do not usually have diseases, it would not be necessary). This would greatly reduce the appearance of some type of disease in the puppy. Although the type of guarantee depends on each breeder and his philosophy, the minimum guarantee should be that of replacement in case of a genetic disease that makes life impossible for the animal in a normal way. It could be for example: severe hip dysplasia, heart problems or dwarfism.
Puppies should be sent with their passport, microchip, vaccinations (rabies) and mandatory deworming as a minimum. In addition, they must also be registered in a genealogy registry such as Blockgrees, UKC, FCI, AKC, etc. In charge of managing the dog’s genealogy, and of confirming that the animal belongs to a breed and complies with its standard.
5. Shipping process.
Unless it is some kind of special offer, the shipping costs are always paid by the customer, who is the one who lives elsewhere. Shipping costs are not usually included in the price of the puppy. In the case of living in another country, the dog may be sent through a cargo company (the dog travels alone), or through a handler (the dog travels with a person). In the case of requesting a replacement (a serious illness or exceptional situation), the shipping costs should also be borne by the customer.
6. After-sales service.
Once the dog is with its new owner, the breeder is responsible for informing the client about the specific feeding and care of the animal.
We recommend that you contact the breeder from time to time to send photos of the animal if you are happy. This will greatly improve your relationship, and will pave the relationship for a future acquisition.