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Old 08-09-2008, 05:02 AM   #1
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Hello,

This is my first post here and I hope that some of you would be able to help me,

We are looking to get our first puppy later this year and with holidays etc scheduled we are looking for the puppy to come home at the beginning of November, so is it possible to find breeders now who are taking 'bookings' for puppies scheduled to be born at this time of year?

Sorry if it is a really silly question, I just would like to know if I can start looking now or would it be better to wait until nearer the time?

We are looking for a border terrier and there seems to be lots of puppies ready to go at the moment, is this the popular time for breeding? Am I likely to have to wait until next summer if we don't get one now?

ANy help would be so great!

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Old 08-09-2008, 05:09 AM   #2
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i would start looking now. We looked around for breeders and once we had found a good one we put our name down for when they had their next litter. we wanted a male dog so when the litter was born only one male survived the birth. So he was penciled down for us. We went to see him when he was 2 weeks old and put a deposit down for him

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Old 08-09-2008, 05:22 AM   #3
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thank you

Any tips on what makes a 'good breeder'?

The contacts I have found so far have all come via the kennel club, and I know that I would want to visit the pup, see them with mum, and I would expect the breeder to be asking me lots of questions about what my situation is and how I would care for the puppy.

Any other tips to look for?

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go for recommendation and i'd start looking as soon as possible especially on a rarer breed.

Being nosey What breed are you interested in?
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Thank you, we want a border terrier, so probably quite a common dog?

We don't know anyone with a border terrier though...can anyone on here recommend a border terrier breeder? Or perhaps is there another website that might help?

Sorry for all the Qs! I want to ensure we find a healthy dog from a good breeder.

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Make sure all the health checks needed for the breed are up to date. Ask to see both the mother and the father.





could try looking on here

http://www.k9puppy.co.uk/Breeders/BorderTerrier.aspx

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Hi laura and welcome to the forum.
Dogs are pregnant for about 2 months so it would be a good idea to look as soon as possible. If you find someone who has puppies ready to go now, that is usually not a good sign. Good breeders will generally line up buyers before the litter is born and not wait until the puppies are there.
A good breeder will ask you a lot of questions but also be willing to answer any that you have. Unforutnately it can be hard to tell the good ones fromthe not so good ones. The KC accredited breeders scheme can help you identify a good breeder. There is also a helpful list of things that a "good" breeder will do, so even if you decide to go with one who is not a member of the scheme, the list gives good guidelines.
http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/203
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thank you for all your help x

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Laura wot area are you??
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sorry dont agree with the accredited breeder scheme for a finding a good breeder. most reputable breeders refuse to sign up to it.

in my breed there are 12 listed ACB's 8 ive never heard of .

try the border terries club
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