Millions of cats and dogs end up in shelters every year. These unwanted pets are typically bred from puppy and cat mills managed by irresponsible breeders. Although we strongly suggest adopting a pet, some people prefer getting a dog or cat from a local breeder. If you must get a pet from a breeder, at least choose an ethical one.
But what is the difference between a regular breeder and an ethical breeder? More importantly, what are the benefits of choosing an ethical breeder? Read on to find out:
Ethical Breeders Value Pets
Unlike breeders who manage puppy or cat mills, ethical breeders are concerned about the health and wellbeing of the animals above all else. Sure, they want to make money off these animals just like a regular breeder but they genuinely value the animals’ well-being.
A responsible breeder does not just hand a puppy to anyone who can afford it. An ethical breeder will ask questions about your home situation, your kids’ ages, work hours, etc. If an ethical breeder is uncomfortable with your answers, he or she will refuse to sell the animal to you. Essentially, responsible breeders put the well-being of the animals in high regard.
Pets Raised in Family-Environment
Pets raised by ethical breeders are accustomed to normal household noises and routines because they were raised in a family environment. On the other hand, average breeders raise pups and kittens in cramped cages. Usually, animals raised by ethical breeders have a friendlier disposition. They are accustomed to seeing new people and they will interact easily with strangers. A pet raised in a loving environment accepts handling easily. Usually, an ethical breeder can provide health clearances complete with a heritage and verified genetic background.
Pets Released at Right Age
Average breeders have no qualm about selling pups and kittens that are barely a few weeks old. Very young pets must stay with their mothers and littermates for a minimum of 8 weeks for normal breeds and 12 weeks for toy breeds. This way, the animal will reach its normal size and achieve optimum health. To ensure that a pup or a kitten is yours, an ethical breeder will require a small deposit. In return, the animal is cared for throughout the length of time needed for it to develop. During the waiting period, you are welcome to sit on the floor and play with the puppy until it reaches the right age for release.
Health checks are extremely important. The last thing you want is to unknowingly purchase a sickly puppy that will die within weeks. Save yourself the heartbreak and go for a breeder that can provide complete health record of the animal. The pet should be wormed, free of fleas and had its first shots of vaccines. The pet should be healthy, active and sociable. Once you take the animal home, a responsible breeder should check up on the animal regularly. He or she should be more than happy to answer any questions regarding caring for the pet such as grooming, diet, etc.