More than half of the puppies raised in the U.S. are raised by people who never have another litter. These people have a short amount of time in the breed, are not prepared for the experience nor are they educated enough to do a good job. They are gone tomorrow and don’t stand behind their puppies. They are ill equipped to take adequate care of all puppies until they can be placed in good homes, regardless of how long that takes. Another large percentage of puppies are raised by “Puppy Mills” that sell numerous litters of many breeds, or sell to retailers for resale.
A Responsible Breeder Never Sells to Pet Shops
That leaves a relatively small percentage of puppies being raised by experienced people who are dedicated to one breed and raise puppies for reasons other than maximum profit. Not all of these breeders are knowledgeable and conscientious.
How Do You Identify An Experienced and Conscientious Breeder?
A conscientious Breeder will educate you for weeks before you take your puppy home so you are completely prepared and will continue to educate you on how to best rear up a puppy long after it goes home, providing you a lifetime of support.
Be aware that AKC registration does not mean quality. It only means that your dog is a purebred. “Pet quality” puppies should be considered as just that! Even litters from very well bred parents usually contain only a few “show or breeding” quality pups. The rest of the litter sold as pets can well supply the pet-buying public, providing that the buyers realize that, while pure-bred, these puppies are not breeding stock.