American Dog Breeders

Written by Courtney Salinas
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The American dog standard for hundreds of breeds of dogs is established by the American Kennel Club. Most reputable American dog breeders have their animals registered with the AKC. This lets the buyer know that the dog they’re thinking of buying is verifiably of that breed. The AKC registration does not mean, however, that the dog has been bred for health and breed standards. That is up to the breeder.

A responsible breeder not only has their dogs registered with the AKC, but is also a member of their national breed organization. They are most interested in the preservation of the breed and the advancement of healthy and good-tempered dogs. They are never interested in breeding for profit or fun.

Bad Breeding Practices

Beware of import breeders. These are breeders that will import dogs from other countries and sell them in the United States. They are often sold to pet stores and passed off as raised in the United States. These dogs are often sick when they arrive in the United States and many die soon after they are purchased.

Some breeders will acquire dogs from out of the United States and then try to sell them as if the breeder bred the dogs themselves. This is a horrible trick that can be avoided through lots of research. Before you buy a dog from any breeder, be sure to ask for references so that you might talk with people who have bought pets from this breeder before. If the breeder seems unwilling to cooperate, you should take that as your cue to move on.

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