If your homework suggests that the Bouvier may be a good breed for you and your family, the next step in the process may be to start finding a Bouvier des Flandres breeder. At this point your education is not yet complete, but you should be ready to start talking with the experts.
Finding the right breeder means finding someone in whom you have confidence, trust and faith. Different breeders have different approaches to promoting the welfare of the breed, so you should try to find someone whose ideas about raising dogs are similar to your own. You will find that for every two breeders you contact, you’ll get three opinions on the right and wrong way to select a breeding pair, raise a pup, and place the puppies in a good home.
Once again, the best way to approach this phase in the process is to gather as much information as you can. Don’t settle on the first breeder you find, even if they have pups available. In fact, the most experienced breeders generally have waiting lists for prospective owners, so take special caution if you find some one willing to offer you a puppy right away.
Choosing a Reputable Breeder
Your relationship with your breeder lasts far beyond the placement of a puppy in your home. You should be confident that your breeder is someone who will be there for you throughout the life of your Bouvier. This is particularly true for first-time owners, because no matter how much research you do, you will have important questions and concerns that no amount of outside homework can settle. Moreover, you will be entering into a contractual relationship with your breeder that may affect your ownership rights and obligations for years to come. If you can’t trust your breeder, then you’ve chosen the wrong breeder!
A Breeder? Why a Breeder?
Fact: If you ever see a Bouvier des Flandres in a pet store, it is the result of theft, fraud, cruelty or stupidity of the last owner.
Pure bred dogs do not belong in pet stores, which often fail to provide for the basic needs of their “inventory.” If you’ve purchased family pets from a pet store in the past, its time to change your thinking.
10 Reasons why you should never purchase a dog from a pet store.
Fact: If you don't visit the breeder, you could be buying from a puppy mill.
Unfortunately, there are puppy mills that breed Bouvier des Flandres, and the problem will only get worse as the breed’s popularity increases. Always visit the breeder to be sure that you are buying from a reputable person who truly cares for their animals. Also, you’ll avoid getting scammed by “breeder representatives” who pretend to act on behalf of breeders, but more likely work for pet stores or puppy mills. Please click on the following button for more information about the problem of puppy mills.
Just what is a puppy mill?
It is very uncommon for breeders to advertise available puppies in the newspaper, primarily because the demand for their pups always exceeds the supply. Most breeders have waiting lists, meaning there is almost never the need to advertise an available dog. Sometimes, but rarely, a buyer will back out and the breeder will seek to quickly place the pup. But don’t count on it. Its more likely that the ad was placed by a pet store, puppy mill or con artist.
Fact: A Bouvier advertised in the newspaper may not come from a reputable breeder, and may not even be a Bouvier.
Fact: There are only two places to responsibly get a Bouvier des Flandres
From a reputable breeder or from a rescue program. Period … end of story. To learn more about Bouvier rescue programs, talk with the rescue coordinators with this club and others. To learn more about Bouvier rescue, click on the button below: