When selecting a Beauceron breeder for your new puppy, the breeder should be interested in the welfare of the breed and puppy. Not the money that the puppy will bring. Beware of profit orientated breeders. Ask yourself a few questions.
You want these answers to be “yes”
1. Were the Beauceron puppies born on the premises?
2. Does the breeder insist that the puppies be at least eight weeks before being placed?
3. Did the breeder seem happy that you are asking questions?
4. Did the breeder ask you lots of questions? Questions about your lifestyle, family, experience with dogs and other pets, why you wanted a dog? Did you feel a bit like you were applying for a million dollar mortgage?
5. Did the breeder ask you whether you planned on breeding?
6. Will the breeder be available to offer advice and support for as long as you have your Beauceron?
7. Does the breeder make you feel comfortable calling for advice?
8. Did the breeder go over some of the problems some people have with the Beauceron?
9. Is the breeder a member of the American Beauceron club?
10. Are the sire and dam of the Beauceron puppies each at least two years old?
11. Were both sire and dam tested for any genetic health problems before the breeding? Hip dysplasia etc. The dogs tested will have an OFA number (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals).
12. Does the breeder have information on the health testing of most of the immediate relatives of the sire and dam?
13. Did the breeder volunteer information on the health testing, and volunteer proof?
14. Does the breeder offer a guarantee against genetic health problems?
15. Did the breeder explain that a guarantee is not a promise that a genetic health problem won’t occur, but a promise about what will happen if it does?
16. Is the guarantee at least two years long?
17. Does the guarantee allow you to keep your Beauceron?
18. Does the guarantee allow you to choose at least a partial refund instead of another Beauceron?
19. Is the dam a family pet (meaning does she live in the house as part of the family)?
20. Have the Beauceron puppies been introduced to children? To other animals?
21. Is the breeder concerned enough about the welfare of the dog to promise to take it back (no matterhow old) if you can’t keep it? (Not necessarily pay you, the purpose is to avoid the dog being placed in an animal shelter, ensure good placement)
22. Does the breeder believe it is important to keep in contact with puppy buyers to verify the level of success in producing a healthy dog of correct temperament?
23. Does the breeder intend to follow up on the dog as it matures and ages?
24. Does the breeder consider himself or herself a dedicated hobbyist to the Beauceron breed?
25. If the breeder advertises do they focus on the important qualities such as health and temperament.
You want these answers to be “no”:
1. Did the breeder state or imply that puppies would be arriving from off premises?
2. Will the breeder agree to sell a puppy less than 8 weeks old?
3. Was the breeder reluctant to answer questions?
4. Did the breeder seem to be defensive in answering questions?
5. Does the breeder charge different prices for dogs with or without papers?
6. Did the breeder claim that his or her lines were entirely free of genetic health problems?
7. Do you feel pressured into buying a puppy? Do you feel like the breeder is trying to “sell” the puppy (as in persuading you to buy)?
8. Does the breeder promote the Beauceron puppies as gifts or offer some special incentive in price to encourage a sale?
9. Does the breeder have more than two breeds available? How many dogs of each breed do they have (beware of a high number)? Are they able to socialize and care for that number of dogs or are they mostly just “kennel dogs”.
10. Does the breeder consider himself or herself to be a professional in the business of breeding? That is “professional” in the sense of making money, profit, or income to be distinguished from “professional” in the sense of serious, dedicated and knowledgeable.
11. Does the breeder charge different prices depending upon the sex of the puppy?
12. If the breeder advertises do they seem to focus on superficial qualities like color or size while ignoring health testing?
13. Does the guarantee require the dog die or be euthanized because of the health problem?
14. Does the health guarantee require that you return the puppy?
15. Is the guarantee limited to a replacement puppy from the same breeder?
A Beauceron and other pure bred puppies should be matched to their prospective owners. Each breed has certain personality traits that will not necessarily apply to other breeds. Unfortunately, animal shelters are full of pure bred dogs that didn’t act the way their owners thought they should. These dogs are acting the way they were bred to act. The problem lies with the owner that didn’t take the dog to obedience classes, didn’t know the breed traits before buying their puppy, and didn’t get their puppy from a responsible breeder. Dogs are like children and deserve a stable and loving home for their entire lives. If you think that you might have to give up the dog in the future because of a lifestyle change then do yourself and the dog a favor, buy a new TV instead.