Looking for a responsible breeder

            A Kennel Club Assured Breeders has been checked by the Kennel Club. 

            A 5* breeders licence means that the breeder has been checked by the council 

            and has acheived the top rating.

            A reputable breeder feels responsibility toward the breed itself,

            toward the dogs they breed and to the people who own dogs from

            their kennel. He or she spends time and money on matters they think

            are for the best interests of the breed. Like DNA health testing. Doing the

            full 10 Coton de Tulear DNA tests to make sure that their dogs are healthy

            and suitable to breed from and mated to dogs that have been health tested too.

            It is this passion and responsibility that divides the true breeder

            from the "puppy-raiser". The breeder is motivated to create

            perfection; HOWEVER the puppy raisers and the dog dealers are motivated

            by money.

            Reputable breeders will carefully screen potential new owners, often

            sells with a contractual agreement, and will ALWAYS take a dog back

            at any point in its life if the owner cannot keep the dog.

            When selecting a puppy, the reputable breeder may show you the

            pedigree and explain the selected bloodlines.You should be allowed

            to see the puppies and the mother in their home.




            1. Cleanliness. Normal dog odors are unavoidable, but dogs and

            facilities should be clean. Ask about housing, where do the dogs sleep, 

            Are they house dogs, is the sanitary environment a healthy environment!


            2. Attitude. Happy, healthy, well-cared for animals are bright-eyed,

            energetic, and curious about strangers. Lethargic, bleary-eyed dogs

            that hardly look up when a stranger is present is likely a sign of

            ill-health. Are they used to being inside the house, are their beds for them, 

            and even treat bowls around - or do they act like its a new enviroment


            3. Appearance. Are the dogs clean? Well-groomed? Remember that

            puppies can be quite messy, but extensive filth on the dogs is a

            sign of neglect.


            4. Behavior. Also a health factor; unhealthy or injured animals will

            always behave differently than the rest of the litter. Don't select

            the puppy that is "sweet" and "quiet". If the rest of the litter is

            wrestling, romping and vocalizing, a non-participant may not feel

            well. The breeder should already have noticed and be willing and

            able to tell you the personality and character about each puppy.


            5. Information. The breeder should supply all information on the

            puppy's pedigree, not just show a display of ribbons. The mother

            should not be overbred; find out how old she is and how many litters

            she's had. Reluctance to provide this type of information may be a

            warning sign. Make sure the breeder provides you with written

            feeding instructions and a feeding schedule. The puppy should also

            come with a pedigree of past three or more generations. The breeder

            should provide you with the puppy's immunization record and

            schedule, listing the dates and types of vaccines used. Remember

            that a pedigree and registration papers do not guarantee health or

            quality. So make sure the parents health checks are up to date


            Here is a list of questions you should ask the breeder.


            6. References. Ask for a list of other families who have dogs from

            the breeder. A reputable breeder should gladly give you several

            names and numbers. Call all of them. Ask if they would purchase

            another dog from the same kennel.


            7. Written Contracts

            The written contract should include names and addresses of parties

            involved, price, terms and breeders support, date of transaction,

            signature of buyer and seller and witnesses if required by state


            Be sure to ask what are the terms of the contract?

            What guarantees do they offer?

            What penalties are imposed for violation of contract?

            The pup should come with a KC registration certificate and signed by breeder

            The form should be completed and signed. Some

            breeders will only give you this slip/papers after all fees have

            been paid, or once spaying/neutering is proven, etc. This depends

            upon the contract, either show quality or pet quality.

            Find this out in advance!

            What are the conditions of the sale? Do you only get the dog's

            papers after spay/neuter obligation fulfilled? (If dog is sold as a


            A reputable breeder will allow some time (min. 72 hours to 7 days)

            for return of pup/dog, in the same condition as time of sale, for

            any reason. This allows you time to have your pup examined by your

            own vet, too. 


            Things to consider before breeding



            1. Carefully interviews prospective buyers and has specific

            requirements that prospective owners must meet, such as spaying and

            neutering pets, housing of the dog, training of the dog, agreeing to

            never let the dog off lead in an unenclosed area.


            2. Sells by written contract.


            3. Sells puppies with a health guarantee.


            4. Insists upon getting the dog back if the buyer is no longer able

            to keep the dog.


            5. Does not have more litters than they can keep well groomed 

            well socialized, healthy, and can be fully taken care of.


            6. Does not have more litters than they can keep housed longterm if

            unable to sell the puppies.


            7. Spends individual time with each dog under their care every day.


            8. Tests there dogs for known hereditary diseases and breeds

            with the aim of decreasing the incidence of such diseases.


            9. Is very concerned with producing puppies with excellent

            temperaments and are healthy.


            10. Can identify each puppy and chart its growth and development

            from birth and will provide every new owner a puppy pack full of information

            on how to care for and properly care for the breed.


            11. Is willing to help educate the novice buyer and happily answers

            any and all questions about his or her breed and his or her

            individual dogs


            12. Is willing and able to show the prospective buyer the health

            certificates and test results on the sire and dam of the puppies.


            13. Wants to be informed of any health or temperament problems that

            his or her puppies develop through out the lifetime of each puppy.


            14. Is available for help, advice, and education to the buyer

            throughout the life of the puppy.


            15. Is willing to allow a minimum of 48 hours for you to return the

            puppy, for any reason, and give you a full refund of the purchase

            price. This time allows you to have the puppy examined by your own