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  • Donal Mac Sweeney

How To Select A Dog Breeder.

Updated: Mar 1

How important is it to select your dog breeder? Modern science has shown us that we have been leaving it too late by starting training and taking the puppies into the big bad world after their 14-week vaccination. We now know that training and development should begin at three days, and the breeder should carry out Early Neurological Stimulation Exercises daily. ENS is a MUST when selecting a breeder from which to purchase a puppy, although there are many other factors to consider. A good dog breeder plays a critical role in ensuring the health, well-being, and temperament of the dogs they breed.



puppies from a dog breeder

A responsible breeder will conduct thorough health and genetic screenings on their breeding dogs to minimise the risk of passing unwanted hereditary diseases or conditions to the offspring. This screening is vital in producing healthier and happier puppies.


Good breeders prioritise socialising their puppies from an early age, exposing them to various environments, people, and other animals. Correct environmental exposure is vital in shaping their temperament and making them well-adjusted companions. Environmental exposure and socialisation should start from about three weeks old!


A reputable breeder has extensive knowledge about their particular breed. They can provide valuable guidance on training, grooming, nutrition, and overall dog care.

A good breeder doesn't just sell a puppy and disappear. They should offer ongoing support and guidance to the new owners, answering any questions or concerns that may arise throughout the dog's life.


Ethical breeders prioritise the welfare of their dogs over profit. They carefully plan their breeding programs, ensuring they are not contributing to overpopulation or promoting unhealthy breeding practices.


Responsible breeders are often passionate about preserving and improving the breed they work with. They aim to maintain breed standards, temperament, and characteristics, ensuring the long-term health and viability of the breed. Be wary of breeders that breed purely for show purposes, as their preference will be physical form over good genetics.

By choosing a good dog breeder, you are getting a healthy and well-socialised puppy and supporting modern ethical breeding practices and the well-being of dogs in general.

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