QUESTIONS YOU MUST ASK
- Are the puppies Kennel Club registered? - You could be buying a cross breed if they are not Kennel Club registered.
- Are both parents hereditarily clear for L2-HGA? - Don't buy if untested, politely say goodbye and hang up!
- Are both parents hereditarily clear for HC? - Don't buy if untested, politely say goodbye and hang up!
- Have both parents been eye screened for PHPV/PPSC and are they clinically clear? - Don't buy if untested, politely say
goodbye and hang up!
- Will the litter be eye screened for PHPV? - Reputable breeders who care about their puppies will do this prior to them
leaving home. Don't buy if untested, politely say good bye and hang up!
- Are the puppies micro-chipped? - From 2016 all dogs in the UK will legally need to be micro-chipped; reputable breeders
already chip their litters.
- Have they been wormed regularly? - Worms take away vital nutrition from the puppies so if infested they won't thrive.
- What are the parent's temperaments like? - A Stafford's temperament should be reliable; not human aggressive nor
- Was the litter reared inside? - Puppies are better socialised indoors with all the hustle and bustle of family life going on around them, they get used to being handled and around people from an early age.
- Will they have a contract? - The contract is a legally binding document that both you and the breeder will sign if you both agree to the sale of the puppy. Most breeders state that if you can't keep the dog/bitch then it is returned to the breeder,
which is fair as no breeder wants one of their much loved puppies to end up in a rescue or in the wrong kind of environment.
- Are there any endorsements on the puppy? - There are two endorsements that can be placed 1. Export pedigree not allowed. 2. Progeny not eligible for registration - which means you can't breed from your dog until the breeder lifts the endorsement. These should be explained by the breeder in full detail.
- Do you have all the paper work available for me to look at? - The breeder should show you all the paper work when you visit and explain to you about health testing, the contract, endorsements placed and why.
- Explain to the breeder a bit about yourself, if you've had a dog before, if you want a family pet or one to show or a budding agility star. That way the breeder will have a better idea about what you're looking for in your puppy i.e. a lively little character would most probably thrive in an agility home, where the quieter litter mate would be more suited to a young family.
- If you can think of any more questions write them down before making contact with the breeder.
- Expect a few questions back, it's only natural that the right homes are being sought by the breeder, just like you want the right puppy for you.