Why working with a responsible breeder is so critical

A breeder’s practices have a huge impact on the health, temperament and well-being of your pup.

by Good Dog

Getting a new dog can be an exciting, scary, confusing and fulfilling process all at once. When you’re considering the possibility of bringing a dog into your family, you’re really considering one of the biggest commitments you can possibly make. Because it’s such a major life decision, you should expect the source of where you’re getting a dog to put in as much time and effort as you do.

The relationship between a dog breeder and a (potential) dog owner is one entirely built on trust. And unfortunately, we’ve heard way too many stories of what happens when that fundamental trust is broken. People who gave up on getting a dog because they couldn’t find a source they felt comfortable with. Difficult decisions when a new puppy turned out to have serious problems or need prohibitively expensive medical care.

At Good Dog, we’re working to apply standards and create transparency throughout the entire process of getting a dog in order to build and maintain that trustworthy relationship. We’ve worked with experts to develop detailed standards that ensure the breeders on our platform are committed to the well-being of their animals.

A reputable breeder will often already have had the parent dogs checked for any hereditary diseases, or other health conditions, before selecting them for breeding. These breeders will also ensure any vaccinations or other early-life health care needs are taken care of, something that unethical breeders won’t do for you.

A puppy from a responsible source will also be socialized for better behavior early on. From playing with enrichment toys focused on different areas of development to being around other dogs and humans, puppies from these breeders are fully prepared to have a smoother transition into your home.

It’s simple: getting a dog from a responsible source is the best way to ensure your best chances at a long and happy life with your dog.

There are four areas in particular in which responsible breeders make a huge difference: health, costs, behavior and animal welfare. Here is how a responsible breeder handles those areas, and here is how an irresponsible breeder handles them.