When deciding to add a Chinese Crested dog to your home, the first step is to find a reputable breeder, if deciding to purchase rather than adopt. To ensure the continued health of the breed, ethical practices are necessary. Finding a breeder who has the Chinese Crested breed’s best interests in mind is a crucial step in finding a dog that will grow up to be a happy and healthy member of the family.
Avoid Purchasing from Online Classified Ads
A breeder that is advertising his or her puppies online for immediate sale should be an instant red flag. A reputable breeder will take orders for puppies in advance and thoroughly examine anyone who is interested in purchasing a pup. A “backyard breeder” is one to be aware of, because the health and breeding conditions are more likely to be suspect. Although acquiring a dog from an ethical breeder may take longer, the responsible kennel will have puppies that are specific to any owner’s needs, such as show quality, pet quality, and Agility quality dogs.
Ask for a Chinese Crested Breeder Referral
Inquire within a local or national Chinese Crested association, or the American Kennel Club, for a breeder referral. Breeders that are referred by the American Chinese Crested Club, for instance, are required to adhere to a Code of Ethics, which helps ensure the breeder’s practices are trustworthy.
Ask questions about the health of the Chinese Crested Breeder’s dogs
All purebred dogs are susceptible to certain congenital health defects. If a breeder denies this is the case with Chinese Crested dogs, he or she is being dishonest. A reputable breeder will be entirely honest about any health issues his or her dogs have experienced, and what corrective measures are being taken to avoid those issues in the future. All breeding dogs should be certified by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and the Canine Eye Registry Foundation. Do not hesitate to ask to see health documentation.
Inquire about support
A good breeder will be concerned about the health and welfare of his or her puppies for the rest of their lives, not just until they are sold. Ask about what actions the breeder will take if the dog becomes ill with a congenital disease, such as glaucoma. Find out what the expectations are should you be unable to care for your Chinese Crested in the future. Additionally, be sure to fully understand any requirements the breeder may have on your end, such as spaying or neutering your dog, and the ramifications for not complying.
Expect to answer a lot of questions
Any responsible breeder will ask a lot of questions about your income, lifestyle, and daily activities. However, Chinese Crested’s are slightly higher maintenance than most breeds, so a good breeder will need to ensure you are ready to handle the responsibilities of an emotionally needy dog that has special grooming needs. Additionally, you will likely be asked whether other animals or children are present in the house, as both are not always compatible with small breeds.