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Bad dog breeder red flags to look for

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Following our story about 46 dogs being rescued from a puppy mill near Medical Lake, we thought we’d share the red flags to look for before buying a new pup.

According to the former President of the Spokane Kennel Club, Marilyn Keech, do your homework.

“Find out everything there is to know about the breed,” said Keech. “Don’t buy on impulse.”

First, Keech says you should always visit the site of the puppy to see where it lives and how it’s being raised.

“Be a little wary if somebody tells you they’ll meet you in a parking lot somewhere,” said Keech. “That means they have something they don’t want you to see. It’s not for your convenience.”

Second, Keech says ask the breeder a lot of questions like why they bred this particular litter? What did they feel about the mother that made them want to have puppies? How did they choose the sire? What did they do with the puppies in the early weeks after birth?

Third, Keech says expect a good breeder to ask you questions like how you plan to raise the dog, or why you want a particular breed?

Keech also says words like “rare” are not good and usually have a hidden message. She says “typical” is the word you want to look for in a dog’s description. That’s because the dog that looks different in a litter likely has some health problems associated with it.

Keech also says don’t be fooled by fancy web sites.

“Developing a web site is a totally different skill set from raising puppies,” said Keech.

Lastly, Keech says breeders are not required to have a certification or license from the American Kennel Club. If they do, it doesn’t mean much other than they breed purebreads, but even that is based off the honor system, according to Keech.

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