Now that you’ve decided that Saint Bernard is the breed you want to have as a pet companion, it’s time to prove it! Searching for that dog that will capture your heart the moment you laid eyes on them can be tough both in the dog world and the real world – so to speak. So here are some suggestions and tips on where you can find your one true love!
AKC and the Kennel Club Registered Breeders
If you want a puppy or dog that is of high quality, look no further, just go over the American Kennel Club’s website and search for breeders of Saint Bernard. You can even scout a few breeders who are located near your area before making your choice. AKC-registered breeder in the United States or a Kennel Club-registered breeder in the U.K are legitimate quality breeders that passed the standards of these clubs or organizations, thus you can be sure that your puppy comes from a reputable breeder.
If you visit the website for either of these organizations you can find a list of breeders for all of the club-recognized breeds. You can also look for breeders on the website for other breed clubs like the Saint Bernard Club of America or The Saint Bernard Club of England. Even if these organizations don’t provide a list of breeders you may be able to speak with members to find out more.
Another great source of finding puppies aside from checking registered breeders is from a local rescue shelter. You can adopt these dogs who have been rescued and you can be sure that they are raised and trained well.
There are many benefits associated with rescuing an adult dog. For one thing, adoption fees are generally under $200 which is much more affordable than the $800 to $1,800 fee to buy a puppy from a breeder. Plus, an adult dog will already be housetrained. As an added bonus, most shelters spay/neuter their dogs before adopting them out so you won’t have to pay for the surgery yourself. Another benefit is that an adult dog has already surpassed the puppy stage so his personality is set – with a puppy you can never quite be sure how your puppy will turn out.
Puppy Mills and Pet Stores
Now here are examples of places where you shouldn’t buy a puppy. It is highly recommended that you don’t get one from a puppy mill and even a pet store, although you may still find your pet here and it’s still up to you to make that decision. This is only for the purpose of getting informed and exercising precaution.
A puppy mill is a type of breeding facility that focuses on breeding and profit more than the health and wellbeing of the dogs. Puppy mills usually keep their dogs in squalid conditions, forcing them to bear litter after litter of puppies with little to no rest in between. Many of the breeders used in puppy mills are poorly bred themselves or unhealthy to begin with which just ensures that the puppies will have the same problems.
Usually puppies from puppy mills end up in pet stores and unfortunately they sell the puppies to unsuspecting and poor informed dog lovers. Indeed, the puppies at the pet store might look cute and cuddly, but the downside is that there is no way to know whether they are actually healthy or well-bred. Puppy mill puppies are often already sick by the time they make it to the pet store, often traveling across state lines to get there.
The only time you should bring home a puppy from a pet store is if the store has a partnership with a local shelter and that is where they get their dogs. If the pet store can’t tell you which breeder the puppies came from, or if they don’t offer you any paperwork or registration for the puppy, it is likely that the puppy came from a puppy mill.