What to expect of a breeder, rights and responsibilities of a new owner.
Always see puppies with their dam/ mother. Make sure the environment is suitable for the puppies and that they are being socialised, preferably being reared in the home where there are normal house noises, normal movement around the home, other animals such as cats etc, but not too quiet an environment.
Make sure that:
• They are being correctly fed for their age, their bedding and surroundings kept clean and that they are being regularly wormed.
• The breeder has advised you as to the qualities, and defects of the breed before letting you buy one.
• That the parents are both hip scored, and are near to the current breed average
• That the puppies have the relevant paperwork. This is Kennel Club registration (it is an excuse to say that it will follow on as it can be done online in an instant); docking certificates if relevant, microchip or tattoo papers, diet sheet with a small bag of food the puppy is used to, contract of endorsement if relevant, pedigree, and at least four weeks free insurance for peace of mind.
• That if a puppy is purchased through any of the various websites, that they meet the same criteria demanded from a member/breeder of the BCGB.
Please note that:
A. The responsible breeder will be happy to answer any queries or deal with questions after the puppy has gone to its new home.
B. He/she will also try to help rehome or take back dogs they have bred previously. (This is part of the Brittany Club of Great Britain code of ethics and is endorsed by the Kennel Club)
C. The buyer should satisfy himself/herself that such conditions are met.
D. The first port of call for help or queries is the Brittany Club of Great Britain, through contact with either the regional representative or officers/committee of the Club.
Potential pitfalls of the breed – the new owner has a responsibility to the puppy, the breed and the general public. It is therefore imperative that basic training is undertaken from the beginning.
A Brittany which is poorly socialised, brought up, and educated can develop behavioural issues like:
• Running off and refusing to come back
• Suffer from destructive behaviour.
• Separation anxiety.
• Barking, obsessive behaviour, hyper activity if lack of exercise.
The potential buyer should be made aware of the demands of exercise of the breed and its strong hunting instincts.
The breeder should be available to help in such situations.