Important information for
Samoyed puppy buyers!
Please beware of breeders
falsely advertising online saying they are "reputable", but actually
they are not interested in what is best for our wonderful breed.
They are more interested in making big money which puts them in a
category as being unethical and considered a backyard breeder or
puppy mill. An important question to ask the breeder, any breeder,
is if they are a member of a regional or parent club. Another question
to ask the breeder, any breeder...
"What do you do with your dogs besides
If they say all they do is breed, don't
show, don't work the dogs, don't do obedience, etc., then my advice
is to run far and fast to another breeder. ~ Anonymous ~
Note to people inquiring on
there is a right way and a wrong way to buy a dog!
If you are interested in a
Samoyed puppy or dog and you haven't already done
so, it is advisable to research whether this is the best breed for
you before contacting breeders. (See links tab for more web sites)
Responsible breeders are
concerned with the betterment of the breed! They will insist that
you spay or neuter your Samoyed unless the puppy will be showed
later in conformations shows. You should have a good feeling about
the breeder, that the breeder is being honest, straightforward and
not evasive. If you find a breeder with whom you feel comfortable
and you like his/her dogs, it probably would be better to have your
name on a waiting list for a puppy from that preferred breeder
rather than purchase a puppy from a breeder that you are not
satisfied with, simply because puppies are presently available. When
deciding on a breeder, prepare yourself with a selection of good
questions to ask. (See samples questions below.)
A responsible breeder will
also ask many questions about your lifestyle and about the
environment the puppy will be going to. They may even want you to
fill out a questionnaire or ask to visit your home. This is okay!
They are only asking because they care! You want a breeder who is
concerned about the welfare of the puppies (and adult dogs); and of
course, they should care about our Samoyed breed! They must build
confidence in you and your family, faith that their puppy is going
to a good home where they will be a cherished member of the family
for the rest of their life.
A reputable breeder is one
who is willing to provide good, solid answers to your questions.
They should provide pertinent copies of documents and papers,
recommend books, literature and videos, and give helpful hints. They generally share years of knowledge and advice with you,
and the list goes on. Finding a good breeder -- who can give all of
this in exchange for many years of happiness -- significantly
outweighs the cost of a cute Samoyed puppy.
When talking to a Samoyed
breeder, below are a few sample questions and helpful answers:
- Are both parents registered with the
AKC (American Kennel Club)?
- If you are concerned whether or not
either parents are registered, ask for copies of the
registration papers on each parent to be included with your
puppy packet. You must also realize that having a AKC registered
Samoyed means that the Samoyed, its parents, and its ancestors
are purebred, but it does not indicate health or quality. Also
American Kennel Cub's Online Registration page with information
on "Papers and Identification", "AKC Registered and Quality",
and much more....
- At what age do you let your puppies go to new homes?
- Eight weeks is the minimum age a puppy
should leave the nest, but over nine weeks of age is preferred
by some breeders.
- When you sell a puppy to a home that is considered a "pet"
home, do you require the puppy to be spayed or neutered?
- If you do not expect to breed or
exhibit your dog at shows, and feel that all you want is a "pet"
puppy for you and/or your family, it is recommended to have your
Samoyed spayed or neutered at the earliest opportunity. If you
are interested in Samoyed puppy as a "pet", then the Samoyed
breeder will generally sell the puppy at a "pet" price. They
also should have you register the puppy with AKC under the
"limited" registration which enables the Samoyed puppy to be
registered but any offspring cannot be registered. They can
still compete in AKC events and use AKC's full line of education
and information services. These procedures do not change a dog's
personality, but they can prevent any unnecessary breedings and
help preserve your Samoyed's health and curb the pet population.
- Will they be wormed and what vaccinations will they have?
- The puppy should have at least one
vaccination and one worming by eight weeks of age or before they
leave the nest. If you are looking at a puppy that is much older
than eight weeks, the amount of worming and vaccinations the
breeder gives the puppy should increase.
- Have both parents had their hips
x-rayed and cleared by
(Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) or equivalent foreign
- If the breeder has the certifications
which lists the OFA rating on each parent, they should be
willing to provide you with a copy of this certification.
- Have both parents had their eyes
checked by a Canine Ophthalmologist for hereditary eye defects
within twelve months?
- Same as for the hip certification; ask
for a copy of the examination form from a certified A.C.V.O.
(American College of
Veterinary Ophthalmologists) or the CERF (Canine Eye
Registration Foundation, Inc.) certificate.
- Do you have a health guarantee?
- Health guarantees (or warranty) should
be outlined in a contract.
- Do you have a contract or written agreement?
- A contract lists the responsibilities
of both buyer and seller, and the conditions of replacement or
refund. It is a wise and safe precaution to protect the buyer
and seller. Be sure to read the contract before signing it to be
sure you understand all these conditions. If you do not
understand any particular area, do not hesitate to ask the
breeder to explain it.