When you decide to add a new member to your household it is important to spend quite some time researching for the most suitable breed of dog for your situation. Many dogs become a ‘nuisance’ due to insufficient research in determining suitable size, temperament, coat type and exercise requirements.
Some owners for example, may choose a breed from a picture book only to discover their handsome Weimaraner or playful Dalmatian requires many more hours of exercise than can ever be provided or their small garden is being destroyed by a very bored and very energetic Australian Kelpie.
Purebred or Crossbred
When you buy a purebred dog from a registered breeder you will know the size, temperament, coat type and appearance of the adult dog. You will also know the exercise requirements, activity level, feeding requirements and be able to research the breed through books, internet or club information. The registered breeders will also screen their breeding stock for any hereditary diseases known to affect the breed.
To buy a crossbred puppy is not recommended as their adult appearance, size, temperament or any other characteristics cannot be determined. Usually no testing procedures for hereditary diseases are carried out for crossbred dogs.
Buy from a Registered Breeder
A registered breeder will assess your suitability to own their breed of dog and will answer any questions you may have regarding feeding, housing or training requirements. A registered breeder is also able to provide a Certificate of Registration and Pedigree for your dog should you wish to exhibit your dog at shows or compete in any of the trialling activities. Registered Breeders usually have waiting lists for their puppies and are aware of their resonsibilities for puppies bred by them.
Registered breeders are bound by the SACA Code of Ethics.
To assist you in selecting the most suitable breed of dog for your situation visit:
Good Dog SA – An Initiative of the Dog and Cat Management Board SA
Petcare Information and Advisory Service