Working Cocker Spaniel breeders UK
HOW TO SPOT A REPUTABLE BREEDER
A REPUTABLE BREEDER .
WILL ask potential buyers numerous questions to ensure they can provide a good home for a puppy & understand the needs of a Cocker Spaniel. BEWARE of breeders who ask no questions at all - ask yourself why they don't care enough about their pups to make sure they find the right homes.
WILL NOT have puppies constantly available - most reputable breeders only have a few litters a year. BEWARE of breeders who constantly advertise litters for sale (especially if they offer several other popular breeds) - these are often dealers or large-scale commercial enterprises.
WILL ALWAYS allow potential buyers to see the mother of a litter & often will have other relatives that buyers can meet. BEWARE of breeders who make an excuse for buyers not being able to meet "Mum" or who offer to deliver the pup direct to the buyer, thus preventing the buyer seeing where the litter has been reared (a tactic often used by puppy farmers) Never buy a puppy from a dealer or puppy supermarket - reputable breeders will insist on meeting potential buyers & will NEVER pass pups to third parties to be sold on!
WILL provide after-sales help & advice & will make it clear that they will take back for re-homing a dog of their breeding should this ever be needed.
WILL provide all the necessary paperwork including diet sheet, worming info, pedigree certificate & Kennel Club Registration Certificate. Many breeders also supply extensive information on grooming & training etc. Please remember that KC Registration is not a guarantee that a puppy has come from a reputable breeder - nevertheless all reputable breeders do register their litters with the KC & caution should be exercised if a litter is advertised as unregistered or registered with one of the alternative commercial registries/clubs. NB: KC Registration is the nearest to a guarantee that a puppy is a purebred puppy with an authentic pedigree - puppies registered with other clubs may not be purebred & the accuracy of pedigree information may be doubtful. DLRC Registration is NOT the same as KC Registration - these are 2 entirely separate organisations. If you want a KC reg puppy, don't be persuaded that DLRC registration is just the same - it is NOT!!
WILL usually supply buyers with free insurance to cover the first few weeks of a puppy's life in a new home