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Are you dreaming of bringing home a fluffy, adorable pomeranian puppy? Whether you’re a first-time Pomeranian owner or an experienced pet parent looking for the newest addition to your family, locating the right breeder is essential.
Not only do reputable breeders ensure they breed healthy Pomeranian puppies with sound genetics, but it’s also essential to select one who follows ethical breeding practices and adheres to thoughtful regulations when caring for their dogs.
Here we’ll explore what to look for when choosing registered Pomeranian breeders in Australia:
If you’ve set your sights on owning a Pomeranian, it’s crucial to make sure you’re taking the proper steps to ensure your pup meets your expectations. With so many options available to you, thoughtful consideration is critical. Your priority should be choosing a reputable source to purchase from.
While you may not be able to predict your puppy’s physical and emotional growth, you can have faith in the person you’re buying from. Here are the three types of breeders you could choose from:
- Pet Shop or Dealer – This is the worst option. The pups are viewed as merchandise and sold at a high profit without the proper care. Impulse buying at a pet shop is no way to choose a pet to join your family.
- Backyard Breeder – This is also a poor choice, as they often need to learn more about the breed and seek to profit quickly. They may not care about the breed’s health problems or standards; their main goal is to produce puppies as quickly as possible.
- Preservation Breeder – This is the best choice. The best Pomeranian breeders are reputable breeders who are passionate about the breed, and breeding quality Pomeranian puppies is a priority. They are responsible for every puppy produced and stand behind every dog they sell.
Tips for Selecting the Perfect Breeder for Your New Pup
When choosing your breeder, choosing a Preservation Breeder is the best option to ensure the health and quality of your new pup.
Selecting a responsible breeder for your new puppy, selecting someone from the preservation breeder group is essential. Surprisingly, low-quality pups from pet stores and backyard breeders are often sold for the same or even higher prices than high-quality puppies from dedicated hobby breeders.
ANKC registration does not guarantee the breed’s quality or commitment, so how do you identify a serious and dedicated preservation breeder? While some Pomeranian breeders will only meet some of the criteria, the list below outlines the attributes and characteristics of a reputable preservation breeder.
Don’t hesitate to ask questions and hold Pomeranian breeders to these standards – a dedicated breeder will take pride in meeting them. If your breeder fulfills these qualifications, you can trust that you’re making a good choice.
Pomeranian Breeders Checklist
Finding a responsible breeder who follows ethical practices is crucial when searching for a Pomeranian puppy. Here are some essential things to look for:
- Choose a breeder involved in local and national dog clubs and competitions. This shows a commitment to the breed and a willingness to learn and improve.
- Ask for references and visit the breeder’s premises to ensure the environment is clean and the puppies are well-socialized.
- Look for a Pomeranian breeder who provides written instructions on feeding, training, care, grooming, and health and vaccination records.
- Ensure the dog breeder allows you to have the puppy checked by a veterinarian to confirm its health.
- Expect the dog breeder’s responsibility to continue after you take the puppy home. Many reputable breeders ask that the puppy be returned if you can no longer care for the dog.
- Be prepared to answer questions about your lifestyle and care plans for the puppy. The responsible breeder wants to ensure their puppies go to loving homes.
- Look for a breeder who requires spaying/neutering to ensure the animal’s health and prevent puppy mills.
By finding a responsible preservation breeder, you can bring home a healthy, happy puppy bred with care and consideration for the breed.
What To Look For When Searching For Australian Pomeranian Breeders
I have recently heard some disturbing news… people buying Pomeranian dogs or puppies in Australia from people they believe are legitimately registered Pomeranian breeders. They’re under the assumption that just because a breeder is “registered,” it guarantees that the dog is a pedigree, purebred Pomeranian puppy. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the truth. I’ll explain further.
Owing to changes in animal breeding and animal-keeping laws Australia-wide, anyone selling or giving away a puppy, cat, etc., must now have a source or supply number. This number is called a BIN in Queensland, and in Victoria, it’s called a PER number. It’s a Breeder Registration Number (BRN) in South Australia.
This source number must be displayed in many Australian states on all animal sales and giveaway advertisements. ANKC Pomeranian breeders must only provide their ANKC membership number in some states. In Victoria, ANKC members’ advertisers must display their “PER or Pet Exchange Register” number. A State Government Department, the Department of Agriculture, issues the Per or Pet Exchange Register number.
From 1 July 2018, anybody in South Australia wanting to breed cats or dogs for trade or sale must register the animal with the Dog & Cat Management Board. This doesn’t only apply to pedigree breeds. It also includes anybody whose animals produce litter by accident.
If you breed and then want to sell, the law states that you must be registered with the relevant Government department in your state and have a supply or source number.
This Government changes now mean that anyone can call themselves a registered breeder. Having a source or supply number means this seller has obtained a supply or source number from their state government department to advertise puppies. It DOES NOT mean you’re purchasing a purebred animal. Anyone can apply for this type of “registration.”
What’s a Registered Pomeranian Breeder?
Dog breeders often get called “registered breeders” once they have joined a breeder association or club/association that runs a register or stud book. ANKC-registered Pomeranian breeders are required to pass a dog breeding exam before being issued with a prefix.
To register a litter of Pomeranian puppies on the ANKC register, the breeder MUST be the registered owner of a prefix. A registered breeder will have a registered breeder prefix with their ANKC state body, and their breeding dogs will have blue pedigree certificates. The breeder of any litter is the owner of the puppy’s mother.
Now you want to know what a breeder prefix is. This prefix is like a surname for all the dogs a breeder ever breeds. For example, my prefix is “Dochlaggie.” This prefix appears before the name of every puppy bred by each breeder.
Just because someone is registered with one of these bodies doesn’t guarantee they’re responsible or satisfy good animal welfare standards. A dog can only be classified as a pure-bred pedigree if the breeder is registered with a member body of the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) and has a stud prefix—member bodies of the ANKC, for example, Dogs SA, Dogs VIC, or Dogs QLD.
All Australian Pomeranian breeders registered with ANKC state bodies must register every puppy in every litter they have bred with their State’s governing body. Then the Pomeranian puppies can be sold with registration papers from the ANKC’s state body or relevant office.
Each puppy is issued a number and will appear on the registration papers, along with three generations of family history of the new Pomeranian puppy.
A pedigree is basically the same as a birth certificate, showing three generations of his family tree and proving that he’s purebred. All breeders registered with the ANKC are governed by a strict Code of Ethics listed on their websites, e.g., Dogs SA, Dogs VIC, or Dogs QLD websites.
The ANKC can supply every puppy with one of two types of registration papers (Main and Limited).
The ANKC issues two types of registration papers, MAIN and LIMITED. Each puppy bought from an ANKC breeder will come with its own pedigree.
Every other dog registry, including Australian Canine Registry, ABR, ICBS, MDBA, etc., doesn’t have any affiliation with the ANKC, so they CAN’T provide certified Pedigrees.
Examples of The Correct Pedigree Paperwork for Registered Pomeranian Puppies:
BLUE PEDIGREE – MAIN REGISTRATION
This blue one is rarely given to a pet owner because it’s only for owners wanting to breed or show the dog. Dogs required for breeding, exhibition, or export must have main registration. The main register is always the blue pedigree paperwork.
The official term is MAIN REGISTRATION. There is no “MAINS” registration. Usually, only inexperienced breeders and owners refer to the main register as “mains.”
ORANGE PEDIGREE – LIMITED REGISTRATION
This orange pedigree is classified as “limited registration” for pet puppies. It tells people your dog IS registered as pedigree but isn’t allowed to be bred or shown.
Most show Australian Pomeranian breeders usually only sell pet puppies with a limited ANKC registration. Anyone breeding with a limited register Pomeranian can’t go on to register the puppies with any ANKC body if either parent has been put on a limited pedigree.
The limited pedigree exists for breeders to register dogs that they don’t think are good enough for show or breeding purposes but would make perfectly good pets. If limited-register puppies turn out better than expected, dogs on the limited register can be upgraded to the main register. Consent of the breeder is required to move dogs between the main and limited registers.
How Do I Check If the Seller is a Legit Registered Preservation Pomeranian Breeder?
If you need to double-check whether a breeder is actually a preservation-registered Pomeranian breeder, ring your ANKC State body. Suppose the breeder can’t give you the correct paperwork; WALK, nay RUN AWAY! You’re not purchasing the dog you think it is.
By purchasing from these people with only a supply or source number, you don’t receive what you wanted; you’re merely lining the pockets of a backyard breeder.
If you see a puppy offered for sale but it doesn’t have orange or blue pedigree documents…RUN AWAY AS FAST AS POSSIBLE. Don’t fall for the scam.
When choosing a reputable Pomeranian breeder in Australia, take the necessary time and research to ensure your pup will have the best care possible. Ask the breeder questions about their health practices, check their websites for references from previous customers, and look into the background of their facility.
By making informed decisions based on reliable sources, you can rest assured that your puppy will get the well-rounded life they deserve with its new family. When finding trustworthy breeders who prioritize excellent care for their animals and practice ethical treatments, you have a fantastic opportunity to bring home a brand-new family member.
Although there may be many choices when selecting a Pomeranian breeder in Australia, taking the time and doing extra work to find a reputable one will always be worth it.
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