When you have narrowed your breed choices to a short list and are about to move to the next and most important step - the actual purchase of the dog - you must locate a reputable breeder.
Purebred dogs are sold through various channels but the only source we recommend is from a knowledgeable breeder who specializes in your breed of choice. Visit a number of breeders and compare the dogs, the facilities and the breeders. Make your final purchase from someone you are comfortable with and who you feel you can trust beyond the day of purchase to be as concerned about your puppy's future as you are.
The CKC does not recommend individual breeders but can refer you to accredited Breed Clubs who in turn refer potential buyers to breeders of their organization.
To assist you in selecting your breeder we strongly recommend that you follow the "Golden Rules" for purchasing a purebred dog. No responsible breeder should have difficulty complying with the following so use them as your yardstick in finding the right breeder with the right dog.
The Golden Rules: Finding a Reputable Breeder
- Always visit the kennel.
- Make certain the dam (mother) is on the premises and available for you to see.
- Ask to see health certificates and records of visits to the veterinarian.
- Insist upon being provided with a signed bill of sale stating the puppy is being sold as a purebred.
- Insist upon being provided with a written guarantee.
- Confirm that the dog has been permanently and uniquely identified.
- Confirm CKC registration of the parents, the litter and the puppy you are about to purchase.
- Ask if the breeder is a member of the CKC.
For more detailed information about the The Golden Rules of finding a reputable breeder, please click here.
You have taken the plunge. You are now the proud owner of a CKC registered purebred dog. To assist you in being a great dog owner and to help your new puppy grow into a good neighbour, may we suggest the following:
- Ensure that you comply with the local by-laws regarding leashing, noise and number of dogs allowed on your premises.
- Whether there is a by-law existing or not, religiously adhere to the "poop and scoop" principle.
- Never allow your dog to run loose in a park where children are playing, even if it is designated as a "leash-free park"
- Enroll your dog in obedience classes. A well-trained dog makes a great neighbour. You can start with Puppy Kindergarten or if that is not available in you area, the Beginners or Novice Class.
- Visit our "Join the Club" section and sign up for a membership that works for you. Take a look at the many benefits such as CKC co-op benefits and learn about purebred dogs and the many activities and events supported by CKC.
Last, but by no means least, have fun with your new dog. We hope that this wonderful new addition to your household will bring great joy and happiness to you and all of the members of your family for many years to come.