Homestead Poodles is only one of a great many dog breeders in ¬†Maryland. In addition to professional and “backyard” breeders,¬† there are also pet stores and, regrettable, puppy mills.¬† With all¬† these choices before you, how can you be certain that you’re dealing¬†¬† with a reputable and ethical breeder?
The word “reputable” leads you directly to your first¬†step.¬† You should be able to obtain references from owners of puppies that were bred by the breeder you’re reviewing.¬† You should ¬†also be given access to the breeder’s vet.¬† There is no substitute¬†for a good reputation.
An ethical breeder should be willing to show you the premises where¬†¬† the puppies are raised and to introduce you to a puppy’s parents.¬† Knowledgeable breeders will be able to answer all your questions fully¬† and truthfully, and will not hesitate to say if they feel a particular¬† puppy or breed is not the best choice for you.¬† You will never be¬† subjected to any “hard sell” from a good breeder.
A responsible breeder guarantees the health of your puppy, and not¬† just for a few days.¬† All of our breeding dogs have been Optigen¬†¬† tested for PRA-PRCD, and we have one of the best guarantees.¬† Most¬† breeders only offer to take a puppy back if something is wrong with it¬† and will do nothing more.¬† We understand that you have already¬† bonded with your puppy, and making an exchange isn’t going to be ¬†satisfying.¬† Therefore, our guarantee provides the option, after consultation, of paying half¬† the cost of surgery to repair any medical problems or reimbursing you half the purchase price of the dog which ever is the lesser.
a wORD ABOUT PET SHOPS AND PUPPY MILLS
Many people are familiar with the dreadful and inhumane conditions to¬† be found at puppy mills.¬† It may seem like a good idea to buy a puppy there in an effort to rescue it.¬† Similarly, you may feel¬† sorry for a puppy in a pet store, kept in a small cage.¬† Buying¬†¬† from these outlets, however, only keeps the puppy mills in business, and¬† actually works against solving the problem.¬† Please, buy your puppy¬†from a reputable breeder, and don’t support puppy mills and the pet¬† stores that buy from them.