RESPONSIBLE PUPPY (SPRINGER) BUYING
When looking for that perfect puppy, one should look to a responsible
breeder. A responsible breeder shares a dedication to their chosen
breed. For most, this is not a livelihood: "raising quality
dogs is no shortcut to riches but a passion, it is a labour of
love, an expensive hobby."
They say that a responsible breeder will make it difficult
for you to purchase one of their dogs -do not be alarmed. Responsible
breeders care where their hard work, a labour of love, will be
The following is a list of suggestions that we hope will help
you to purchase a happy, healthy puppy from a responsible breeder
that will meet your needs. Remember, obtaining information about
the particular breed of dog you are interested in and the individual
puppy you are considering will help you to make the best choice.
DO NOT BE AFRAID to ask questions of both the breeder and others
who own the same breed of dog!
- Research the breed that you are interested in by visiting
the library or a bookstore.
- If possible, contact the representative of the breed club
and ask questions regarding that breed.
- Contact the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) at 1-416-675-5511
and get a list of breeders or the breed clubs in your area for
that breed. You can also visit the CKC online.
- VISIT THE BREEDERS. Be prepared to visit the "kennel"
you are interested in. Be sure to make an appointment first! Ask
to see the mother (dam) of the puppies and ask questions about
the father (sire). Ask for proof of registration of the dogs.
Inspect the conditions in which the mother and the puppies live.
Is it clean? Do the dogs appear healthy and well adjusted?
- Ask about health checks on both parents. Request proof
of these health checks as per the following guidelines: HIPS - OFA'd,
OVC'd or x-rayed and passed? These are tests for a hereditary
disorder called Hip Dysplasia (a malformation of the pelvic ball
and socket joint) that may cause lameness or crippling. Breeding
dogs clear of hip dysplasia is the best known way to combat this
degenerative disease; EYES - CERF'd, ACVO'd or checked by a qualified
veterinarian and been clear of any degenerative eye diseases,
such as PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy - a genetic disorder
where the retina of the eye atrophies and eventually causes blindness)
or RD (Retinal Dysplasia - another potentially blinding eye disorder);
or any other health checks such as Thyroid, VWD, etc.
- Ask questions of the breeder - they should be very knowledgeable
about the breed. A good breeder will probably ask you questions
about your lifestyle, size of your family, where the puppy will
live, whether you have a fenced yard, your training beliefs, etc.
Reputable breeders should be willing to provide you with references.
- Find out what the breeder requires of you as the purchaser
and make sure that you are comfortable with these requirements.
- Find out what grooming is involved in owning the dog you
- Grooming involved in owning a Springer is as follows: ears
should be cleaned regularly, teeth brushed, nails cut at least
once a month, hair between pads of feet should be trimmed regularly,
coat should be brushed regularly to remove dead hair and to keep
mats from forming, and head should be clippered according to breed
- Find out how much exercise the breed of dog you are looking
for requires and be prepared to supply this exercise on a regular
- Springers are a very high energy dog. They love to have
something to do (a function) whether it is following you around
the house, announcing visitors, doing obedience, hunting, tracking,
etc. Springers should be walked on a regular basis. A puppy should
be walked on a buckle or snap collar, not a choke. Puppies' bones
are not yet formed and can be injured easily. A fenced yard or
an adequate exercise area is a necessity. Most breeders recommend
formal obedience. Puppy classes are a good start towards this
end and act as a good place for socialization.
- When you purchase your pure-bred puppy from a Canadian
breeder it must be tattooed or microchipped, registered with the
CKC, dewormed and have received at least one set of shots. It
is the law in Canada under the Animal Pedigree Act that a CKC
Registration Paper must be provided with the dog at no extra charge
to the buyer. Often in the case of puppies, these certificates
will take a couple of months to process, but they must be paid
for by the breeder. Also, dogs that are registered with the AKC
(American Kennel Club) can only be registered with the CKC by
the original importer.
- You should immediately make an appointment with your vet
when you get your puppy to ensure it is healthy. Your dog will
need regular vet visits throughout its life. Ask your vet which
shots are required for your dog
- Have your home ready and waiting for your new puppy. A
list of necessities are:
Expose your puppy to lots of other dogs, people, situations,
noises and other animals. Proper socialization of your puppy is
critical for the development of a well adjusted dog.
|food & water bowls (stainless steel preferred) - fresh
water should be available for your dog at all times
|toothbrush & dog toothpaste
|dog shampoo (safe for use on puppies)
|collar & leash (no choke chains). Suggested length
4-6 feet made of leather or cloth
|high quality puppy food - do not switch foods abruptly.
If you change, do it gradually.
|appropriate chew toys
|other safe puppy toys
Keep in mind that the purchase price of a puppy includes the
many costs the breeder will incur through proper testing of the
parents, stud fees, pre-natal care of the mother, care of the
puppies from birth, vet expenses (shots, tattooing, deworming,
etc.), and registration of the puppies. A responsible breeder
is not in the business of making a profit. Beware those who do!
Remember to always enjoy and take care
of your puppy!
We hope that these guidelines help.
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Lynn, Anne & Barb Dorsay, Bondir
English Springer Spaniels.
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Last revised: January 03, 2009.