- Nannette Newbury
Puppy Buyer Etiquette
Many of you will never have purchased a purebred dog from a preservation breeder. I assure it is a much different experience than ordering a burger in a drive-through! Tell the breeder this is the first time buying from a responsible breeder. This will assist the breeder is giving you the information you need to make good decisions. Buy the breeder, NOT the puppy! Navigating the internet or referrals for a breeder can be overwhelming and this includes referrals as well. Interview the breeder. Ask them relevant questions. Listen to their responses and their input with you. If this sounds like a person you would enjoy spending time with and appreciate their message, this is probably a pretty good choice. Select a breeder that is going to be there long after the sale, for the life of the dog. If, on the other hand, you clash or do not feel a rapport with the breeder, thank them for their time and move on. If a breeder agrees to put you on their list for an upcoming puppy, that means a puppy has been reserved for you. The breeder will not sell that puppy, it has your name on it. It is never okay to "hedge" your bet and have your name on the list of more than one breeder. When you get your puppy from one breeder and your name is on several lists, those breeders have likely turned away other homes for the puppy that they reserved for you. You have the right to buy a puppy from whomever you wish...please make the effort to be as respectful, responsible and honest with a breeder as they are with you.