Choose a Reputable Breeder
With all the different breed associations out there, it can be very confusing for everyone when it comes to picking your new family member from a reputable breeder. I am going give you some tips on looking for that right breeder. Here at Ozziedust I have been a registered breeder since 2008. A lot of things have changed in this time.
I am a registered with the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) with my sub-branch being Dogs Queensland as I live in Queensland. what does this mean? Our pedigrees are backed up by the FCI which is The Fédération Cynologique Internationale for pedigree dogs worldwide. I can only breed from these registered dogs if a dog does not have this registration, we cannot breed from them.
Here are some links to what I have just spoken about.
The FCI http://www.fci.be/en/
On the ANKC site you will find information of breed associations in each state and territory. This is a way to find registered breeders in your area.
What do you get from a registered ANKC breeder? We have breed ethics and rules and regulations that we obey by, if we fail to follow the rules, we could be fine or suspended and not allowed to breed. We DNA all of our dogs as every dog carries genetic diseases so we want to make sure we are breeding from the best quality we can and I personally go for genetically clear dogs and I won’t breed from a carrier. This is my personal preference. Check out my health page for information on these. You also get pedigree papers with 3 generations showing on them so you can see who their family is. With having an ANKC dog you can show, do dog sports and their achievements will be recorded to go towards their title.
This next one confuses everyone! What is a BIN? It is the state government issued Breeders Identification Number (BIN) very state now has this in place, it is there to help the government manager puppy farms and over breeding to make sure people are doing the right thing by the dog. Now my BIN is my ANKC member number 4100098033 this only goes for ANKC members in QLD no other breed association has this agreement with the QLD government, other states and territories don’t have the same so you still have to really research for ANKC breeders and the best way to find ANKC breeders is on the ANKC website. Anyone can go online and apply for a BIN does that mean the are registered breeder NO, but a lot of people do consider themselves to be a registered breeder.
Another breed association that you will find is Master Dog Breeders Association (MDBA). From my understanding they are their own association and have nothing to do with the ANKC or the FCI. They do produce papers for their dogs which have come from ANKC dogs but MDBA papered dogs are not recognised with the ANKC. I do not personally know how they work as I have no interest in that association. I will only ever be a part of the ANKC. A lot of ANKC breeders have gone over to MDBA and some breeders are members of both.
Be happy with your choice of breeder!