Where should I buy Miniature Schnauzer?
Puppy sellers come in several categories. They include show breeders, puppy mill or commercial kennel breeders, pet shop retailers, and backyard breeders.
Show breeders breed for correct type in accordance with the breed standard. Some of these traits are important in the long-term health of the dog. Show breeders take responsibility for certifying their males and females against problems inherent to their breed. Their efforts help minimize inheritance of potential problems by their puppies, which in turn will benefit the puppy buyer's wallet.
The prices of puppies from show dog breeders are higher than most newspaper classified ad puppies. These puppies generally come from parents that have achieved titles under the well-trained eye of an unbiased judge. Although these puppies sell for higher sums than others, their temperaments should remain stable. Breeders of show dogs generally offer health guarantees, an indication of a confident, well considered breeding. The passion these breeders have for their breed helps them continue their journey to produce genetically sound dogs.
Puppy Mills / Pet Shops
Puppy mills and commercial kennels are the main contributors to pet shops. Their goal is to produce lots of puppies for profit. Puppy mills may be raided by animal control for deplorable conditions. Quality is not a top concern in this part of the industry. Puppies are often sold to pet stores at wholesale prices and resold to the public at “show” prices. The cost of overhead, especially mall rental property requires the store owner to charge exorbitant prices for their “products.” Compulsive buyers and the high degree of foot traffic support these establishments. These are seldom good quality dogs and often end up in shelters and breed rescue organizations. DO NOT buy a puppy from a pet store as most likely that adorable puppy’s parents will live their entire lives in a small wire cage without human affection and companionship.
Backyard breeders are the main contributors of puppies. This term applies to all who breed with little knowledge of bloodlines, breed standard, or proper temperament and structure. Their breeding animals are not screened for potential inherent problems prevalent in the breed. They have not taken the time, money, or effort to insure anyone they are breeding better dogs than the next advertisement in the paper.
“Rare colors,” advertised as unique, may be major faults according to the breed standard and may be linked genetically to health problems. There is a reason that the AKC only recognizes three colors, Salt and Pepper, Black and Silver, and Black. “Excellent bloodline” is nothing more than a family tree if the breeder has little or no knowledge about bloodlines. Many backyard breeders confess that they are not breeding show dogs and don't subject themselves to the show or performance breeders' rigorous attempts to eradicate health problems or to maintain proper type or temperament.
Puppies are like children — they are all cute.
But they do eventually grow up to be adults.
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Grow Up Healthy.