LOOKING FOR A PORTUGUESE WATER DOG PUPPY?
BUYER BEWARE CHECKLIST
|REPUTABLE BREEDERS||BUYER BEWARE|
|1. Interview/meet the family and match the puppy to the best home for all involved. Be prepared to wait for a puppy.||First come first serve wait list, does not evaluate puppy or family to best match them.|
|2. Refer to the breed as Portuguese Water Dog or PWD.||The word “Portie” is used to refer to the breed.|
|3. Dedicated to breeding PWDs with puppy prices in line with the going rate.||Produce several different pure bred dog litters and/or mixed “designer” dogs. Pricing too high or too good to be true.|
|4. Only has a limited number of litters per year and the Sire is usually off property.||Produces many litters a year, often between the same group of parents they own.|
|5. Title their dogs in performance and/or show events and are affiliated with Regional and National PWD Clubs.||Parents don’t compete and are just used to breed. No Club affiliations|
|6. Provide PWDCA health test documents on parents and does vet wellness and eye exams on puppies before they go home.||Does not health test parents or testing is incomplete. Limited or no wellness exams or eye exams on puppies. No documents.|
|7. Provide multi-generation Pedigrees with Registered AKC names and titles along with a call name.||Dogs on pedigree have no titles, pedigree doesn’t exist and parents are referred to by only call names like “Fido” & “Snowflake”.|
|8. Expect the family to pick up and transport their puppy home.||Offers to fly the puppy solo to the destination. This isn’t an Online order!!!|
|9. Contractually require the dog be returned if family can’t keep it.||Does not agree to take the puppy back.|
|10. Raise the puppies in their home, socializing and preparing them for family life. Provide support for the lifetime of the dog, based on each family’s need.||Puppy receives little socialization and is not well prepared for homelife. Offers limited or no support after puppy is purchased. HAVING AKC PAPERS DOES NOT MEAN WELL BRED!|
For more details please follow the link to view the PWDCA Puppy Buying Cheat Sheet.
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