Promoting ethical breeding and responsible ownership of healthy dogs
Hybrid Breeders Association
Over the past few months we have seen an unprecedented increase in enquiries from well-intentioned people wanting to know how to find an ethical breeder. We will get back to you all individually, but please be patient. In the meantime, please read the following and hopefully some of your questions will be answered.
Demand for puppies has gone through the roof due to lockdown and the misconception people have that now is a good time to get a puppy - it isn’t!
With the agreement of our breeder members, we have taken the decision to stop all breeder introductions for the time being. This is because all ethical breeders we work with who have puppies planned, or due now, already have full waiting lists and many have decided not to have further litters until we are through Covid-19.
What does this mean for the buying public? Sadly, this has led to a rise in unscrupulous breeders and puppy farmers looking to take advantage. Most have no interest in the health and welfare of the dogs and puppies in their care and many have put their prices up to extortionate levels.
There have been many instances of puppies being shipped in from abroad only to succumb to preventable disease, often dying, leaving new owners bereft and out of pocket and veterinary professionals concerned that people are still falling prey to these sophisticated scammers.
We often get asked about licensed breeders and if a license is a ‘kite mark’ that denotes quality, or of ethical breeding. IT IS NOT!
Do not think that because someone has a license to breed that it means you don’t have to do your homework.
We are alarmed by the amount of people still not doing their due diligence. You must ask questions - don’t make an enquiry unless you have your list of questions to hand. A good breeder will be transparent and more than happy to answer them and will also have many questions to ask of you before considering you for a waiting list.
In the current climate we would advise that you walk away from anyone who has multiple breeds and puppies available immediately.
Also, none of the ethical breeders we work with has put their prices up. You shouldn’t have to pay £2-3k for a puppy!
Please put the welfare of the dogs and puppies first and do not rush into making this life-changing decision.