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Pets

October 19, 2012

HOW TO FIND A REPUTABLE DOG BREEDER

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* A good breeder may offer a lifetime guarantee on the dog and will offer to take the animal back unconditionally if you are no longer able to care for it. He or she can also offer to be a mentor for information on the dog and may be open to periodic visits.

* The breeder should provide a written contract with a health guarantee. He or she also may mandate that the dog be spayed or neutered if it's being kept as a pet. Otherwise, there may be stipulations as to how the dog may be bred to keep with the standards of its pedigree. A dog sold to be bred may come at a higher price tag and may have extra rules specified in the contract.

* Breeders should be as interested in having their dogs go to good homes as you are interested in finding a good breeder. They may require a lot of specific information about how you plan to house and care for the pet.

People who have their hearts set on a purebred dog should seek a quality breeder who is knowledgeable and honest as the only source for puppy purchase. TF12B610

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