Once you have chosen your breed, you need to find a truly wonderful breeder. Where do you start? Trawling the internet or looking at random adverts can be overwhelming, time-consuming, confusing and may not yield the best results. Let us help!
Even within each breed or type of dog, there are many variations within breeds; some breeders specialise in working dogs, some in show dogs and others in fantastic family pets. The behaviour and temperament of your puppy is influenced by its genetic makeup so it's important to know the lineage, health and behavioural traits of your potential puppy's parents. In addition, the experiences in the early weeks of each new puppy’s life are vitally important in ensuring that your puppy becomes a well-balanced, confident and happy dog. Therefore, the responsibility of each breeder to guarantee the best start in life for their puppies cannot be underestimated. There are a huge variety of breeders out there: some are fantastic and others should be avoided at all costs! Unfortunately, it is all too easy for someone to set up a glossy, professional-looking website in order to appear like a responsible breeder or tell a few tales to convince you that everything is in order.
Responsible breeders welcome A Different Dog's approach; breeders have commented: ‘this is how people should be selecting puppies’ and ‘it gives me a certain comfort in the knowledge that the new owner has sought guidance to make a choice of breed and reputable breeder; anything that can be done to prevent indiscriminate breeding is a good thing’.
A Different Dog’s Puppy Pinpoint service can help you to make the right choice.
The Puppy Pinpoint service includes:
Information about any health tests that should have been carried out on the parent dogs before mating
Suggestions of specialist sources to find suitable breeders (avoiding an internet trawl!)
Recommendations of specific breeders if we have any known contacts for that breed
Top tips on what to look out for, how best to approach breeders and what to expect
Guidance on the law relating to the sale of puppies and responsible breeding
Extensive list of pertinent questions for you to ask breeders, in order to inform your shortlist
Personal telephone or video call to discuss the findings of your breeder research to help you select the right breeder for you (an in-person meeting can be arranged for a small extra charge + travel costs)
PRAISE FOR OUR PUPPY PINPOINT SERVICE
It was very important to us that we went to a respected and trusted breeder who shared our prime concern about the welfare of the dogs. Gretta's extensive contacts and wide knowledge meant that we had a range of options with suitable availability of litters. Through discussions with her about the pros and cons of different breeders, together with our own values and approach, we were able to settle on our top choice. We would never have been able to find this particular breeder without Gretta's help. The breeder and her husband are absolutely perfect for the approach which we believe in. We knew that we could have complete faith and confidence in the pedigree of the pup, that Mum was well cared-for during and after her pregnancy and that the pups got a warm, loving, caring environment for their first weeks of life.
Jennifer and Caroline
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The phone/ video call is usually a duration of about 45 minutes.
If you prefer to have this session in-person, this can be arranged for a small extra charge + travel costs, subject to your location.
For more information or to book this service, contact us or click 'book now'