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Things To Ask A German Shepherd Breeder

Jan 22, 2008
You and your family have decided that it is time to get a German Shepherd and now the time has come to find the right German Shepherd breeder. This is a long process and if you know what questions to ask then it can be a little less difficult, but if you are unsure of what you should be doing then you could get in over your head. Choosing a breeder is extremely important and you need to take your time to make sure that the breeder you choose really is the right one for you and your family.

You will be talking to a lot of breeders so get ready for that right off the bat. Talking to just one breeder is not enough because even though you are bringing the dog home your relationship with the breeder will go on for a long time. You need to feel like you can ask your breeder for advice and if a particular breeder makes you uncomfortable then you need to talk to other breeders until you find one you feel comfortable with.

In most cases a reputable German Shepherd breeder is going to be affiliated with one of the national breeder registries. Find out which one the breeder you are talking to is affiliated with and check out that organization's breeding standards. If you see some things that concern you then discuss them with the breeder. If the breeder you are talking to is not listed on a registry then ask them why they chose to not be listed and ask them what they use for breeding standards.

A good breeder does not allow you to leave with your new pup empty handed. A good breeder is going to supply you with a lot of care and feeding information that is vital to the health and well being of your dog. A good breeder will also see to it that you leave with a sample of your dog's food so that you know what to feed your dog. If you do not get these things from the breeder you are dealing with then you will want to question that.

Many of the reputable breeders are offered free pet insurance policies by insurance companies to be given away to the owners of new pups. The insurance companies hope that you use the six-week policy to take your dog to the vet and see how wonderful the insurance is and extend it. The German Shepherd breeder just hopes you take the dog to the vet and is happy to offer you something for free that will help you with your vet costs. Ask your breeder about free pet insurance.

A breeder is a very important person in the life of your dog and your family. Take the time to really talk with prospective breeders and find out where they stand on things. Check out the breeding facilities, as this affects the health, both physical and psychological, of your new German Shepherd pup. Take your time when deciding on a German Shepherd breeder.
About the Author
Jan Ryan is an animal lover with several indoor pets, including a German Shepherd. This article contains useful information about German Shepherd breeders. There is some very useful and important German Shepherd information in this article.
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