1. Those who show dogs are defiantly a reputable breeder.
This is FALSE! Just because one enters a dog into an AKC show does not make them a better or more reputable breeder then someone who does not show.
Like any other breeder , some who show also raise dogs in awful dirty conditions. Some knowingly breed unhealthy dogs because they win in the ring. Many will bad mouth those who do not show as a way to get more clients and make more sales. Please judge each breeder individually. Call them yourself and find out from them what their practices are and see how YOU feel about each breeder. Do not always go by what your told as many breeders (show and hobby) are ruthless when it comes to competing for sales. There are many good breeders out there who raise healthy dogs to the AKC standard who do not want to show.
2. A reputable breeder has never had anything go wrong with their dogs or puppies.
This is FALSE! All breeders, good and bad, will have problems with the animals they raise. Raising animals is not an exact science. Not all factors can be controlled despite the best of efforts of the breeder. How a breeder handles such problems though, is what sets them apart.
For example if a breeder finds a dog is producing puppies with bad eyes, a reputable breeder will remove this dog from he breeding program and place it in a loving home under a spay/nuet contract. Unethical breeders will continue to breed this dog and its offspring not caring if eyes are good or bad. They do not have a breeding program. They just produce puppies with no regard to health and quality(most puppy mills use dogs that produce much worse then bad teeth many with fatal genetic problems).
3. Giving shots to a puppy under 8 weeks old weakens the immune system.
This is TRUE and FALSE! Trick question. lol Puppies should start vaccines at the age of 6 weeks. It can weaken the immune system for up to 3 days and that is why they should be vaccinated at this age while still in a 'safe' environment where they were born. They should have this vaccination before leaving and experiencing stress of a new home ect. All ethical breeders should vaccinate any puppy they raise BEFORE it leaves their care. Any breeder who does NOT vaccinate their puppies is putting the puppy at risk and you should NOT buy from them! Don't be tempted! That puppy could have parvo and you could have a huge vet bill and a dead puppy. *note* On smaller breeds, some will need to be 8 weeks to be vaccinated due to smaller size. Most breeders like the puppies to wieght at least 1 1/2 lbs before they vaccinate them.
4. Teacup Puppies are just like any other puppy.
This is FALSE! Teacup puppies are often runts. The term Teacup was created by puppy mills. They false advertise most or all of their puppies as 'teacups' even if the puppy is going to be above average in size. They do this to make sales faster, and to get more money per puppy. See our "TEACUPS" page for more info on this so that you don't fall victim to this practice. *note* there are so many sites now online that claim to only sell TEACUP PUPPIES. Stay away from those sites.
5. If the puppy looks healthy when you buy it, then it is not at risk for Parvo or other illnesses.
This is FALSE! Parvo can have a 9-13 day incubation. So your puppy could be healthy, then suddenly 'break' with the virus. It is very important to only buy puppies that have been vaccinated. Puppies need a series of shots. Not just one. They need at least 4 shots, spaced 3 weeks apart to be protected against Parvo and other deadly viruses. Never take a puppy out to the park, petsmart ect until the puppy is FULLY vaccinated with at least 4 shots. A reputable breeder will explain this to you and give you instructions on how to keep your puppy on schedule with their shots/worming.
6. Breeders who have a license and that are USDA approved are the best breeders to buy from.
This is FALSE. Unfortunately many puppy mills out there are USDA licensed. Many USDA kennels are very LARGE SCALE with 100's of dogs in their care. Many are shut down just days after getting a good review from USDA.
7. Dogs in petstores are healthy and people should go there rather then find a reputable breeder.
This is FALSE. 99% of puppies in petstores come from PUPPY MILLS. Puppy Mills sell quantity so dogs can be purchased at a low price and pet stores can resell for profit. Stay away from petstores.
8. Those who do not show the breed they sell know very little about the dogs they raise.
This is FALSE. A reputable breeder LOVES the breed they raise. They are a wealth of knowledge. They do not have to show to understand the lines they work with or to have high standards and goals. Showing is a choice. Not all breeders choose to enter the ring. Not everyone wants to deal with the politics involved in showing. Thats ok. Sometimes breeders who show can breed for the look of the dog often at the expense of the health of the dogs. So can people who don't show. There will be GOOD and BAD people who show just as there are many who don't show dogs. Use common sense, ask questions, and get to know your breeder. Ask for refs and trust your judgement.
9. Puppies do not need vaccinations before they are 8 weeks old because they are still getting immunities from their mother and are not at risk yet.
This is FALSE. This is often told to customers by breeders who are in it JUST for profit. Vaccinating puppies should begin at 6 weeks of age. Unethcial breeders do not like to pay for vaccines. They would have to vaccinate hundreds of puppies! So they come up with logical sounding lies to tell customers. Never buy an unvaccinated puppy. Preferably only buy a puppy that has already been vet checked prior to sale.
10. Reputable breeders breed tiny teacup puppies because that is what most people are looking for.
This is FALSE! Ethical reputable breeders breed for healthy dogs. Teacup size puppies are not healthy and breeding undersized dogs would be a HUGE health risk to the parents and potential puppies. Ethical breeders breed with in the breed standard using healthy dogs that fall in the 'normal' range for the breed. Larger puppies and smaller puppies may be the result of good breeding practices, so many breeders will have both to offer on occasion, but they do not breed for it.