The road to the right puppy for you starts with a reputable breeder. Following are some things to look for in a reputable Norwegian Buhund breeder.
Reputable breeders . . .
- require a contract, which varies from breeder to breeder, but spells out the rights of seller and buyer, health information, altering and buy-back or return policies.
- require that pet-quality animals be spayed or neutered. Be wary of breeders who do not mention altering.
- shows a general interest in, love for, and knowledge of the breed. He or she cares about placing puppies in appropriate homes and will often interview potential buyers thoroughly, ask for references and may refuse to sell a dog.
- will guarantee a puppy's general health for a certain period of time, which varies from state to state under puppy lemon laws. While no one can guarantee against inheritable diseases, a reputable breeder is well-informed about genetic problems in her particular breed or bloodlines, routinely has dogs/pups tested for problems and passes this information along to buyers. Beware of breeders who scoff at genetic testing and say their particular breed/line is problem-free.
- will disclose any known heritable or disqualifying conditions in the parents of the puppies.
- will provide proof of hip (OFA, FCI or PenHip) and eye (CERF) certification
- will be willing to allow you into the kennel or home in which their dogs are kept, and these areas should be clean and well-maintained.
- is actively involved in the dog fancy, including showing or breed clubs. While there are exceptions, a person who is not involved with others in the breed can be suspect.
- is willing to provide answers to questions you may have and is willing to provide names of others who have purchased pups.
- will allow you to meet the puppy's parents if available.
- follows up on puppies. He or she is interested in how the pups develop physically and mentally, difficulties in the owner/dog relationship and health problems.
- will take their puppies/dogs back at any age.
- rarely has more than 4 litters a year.
- never sells to a pet shop or through pet brokers. A reputable breeder does not sell puppies through a pet shop, nor do they offer puppies for auction or sale at flea markets or other such venues.