What To Expect From An Approved Breeder
CCGB Approved Breeders only attain their status following a thorough Inspection by one of The CCGB’s trained Inspectors. The Approved Breeder Register was initiated in order to encourage and maintain the health and well-being of this fast-growing cross-breed, to support and educate breeders and to give new owners peace of mind in their decision making.
Each CCGB Approved Breeder will have needed to pass numerous checks and whilst this should reassure prospective buyers, we have outlined below what we feel you should reasonably expect.
No dog breeder in the UK may breed 3 litters or more a year unless they have a current Council Breeding License permitting them to do so. However even if a single litter has all of its puppies advertised and sold then the breeder is deemed to be in the ‘business of breeding’ and should legally obtain a license from their local council.
Attitude and Customer Service
To be friendly and competent over the telephone or email;
To be open to all questions no matter how trivial they might seem;
To respond to emails within a reasonable time-frame;
To be willing to allow you to visit after initial contact, and have the opportunity to walk away before making a final decision, if required;
To exhibit a love of dogs and Cockapoos specifically;
To demonstrate a sound knowledge of Cockapoos, breeding and the relevant health testing;
To have good communication skills, notifying owners when they are on a waiting list for a puppy and how the process will work. Have a system in place where buyers can request updates of their position on a waiting list, how the process works and when puppies are born and so forth;
To appreciate that the puppy purchasing process is important to each and every customer by providing updates in the weeks leading up to taking the new addition home and to respond with a reasonable level of information buyers wanting to gain updates.
Information about Cockapoos in general
To be able to advise prospective owners about Cockapoos as a breed, not just their needs as puppies;
To be able to inform prospective buyers of the size of a typically fully grown adult, the probable exercise requirements – mental and physical, the typical characteristics, the grooming needs and so forth.
New Owner Vetting
To ask pertinent questions or in general conversation to ascertain if a prospective owner will be able to offer a good home to a Cockapoo including, for example, work commitments.
To be clean;
To follow basic hygiene regulations – guests asked to remove/cover/disinfect their shoes when they enter the house/kennel and use hand gel to prevent contamination;
To witness that the breeder’s facilities accommodate their dogs’ needs – space to explore, exercise and safely roam, toys to play with, beds to rest in and so forth.
The Puppies’ Parents
To be viewable – if only Mum can be viewed to be informed about the stud via pictures and paperwork;
To be happy and confident around their owners and visitors;
To exhibit the kind of temperament you’d be content with for your own dog;
To be whelping within their usual environment or an environment that the bitch is completely comfortable in, i.e. maybe in outdoor kennels if this is where they normally reside or indoors if this is where they normally live;
To be of the right age for whelping puppies – no bitch should be mated before her second season and normally never before the age of 14 months and no older than 6 years;
To be clean with groomed coats and of a healthy weight with no visible signs of health problems.
To be comfortable being handled;
To be bouncy, playful and full of life;
To be calm around unexpected noises;
To be well socialised having spent time around people, including children, with everyday household experiences, in the car, at the vet, and so forth; the reason is that a puppy that has been well socialised from the 4/5 weeks to 5/6 month stage will be much better equipped to cope with the varied situations it will be faced during it’s life living as a pet within our complex human society. A lack of socialisation at these early ages has been shown to contribute to undesirable dog behavioural issues later in life.
To be clean with clear eyes, clean bottoms and of a good weight;
To be at least eight weeks of age when they leave for their new homes as puppies are not emotionally developed enough to be independent before that age and early separation from it’s litter mates can contribute to behavioural problems later on.
What to Expect when You take your Puppy Home
An offer of lifetime support;
An Information Pack including paperwork (see below), feeding guidelines, the puppy’s current routine;
A piece of bedding or toy that smells of Mum and the Littermates;
A week’s supply of food;
Paperwork an Approved Breeder Member will Provide
- Vet record of first vaccination;
- CCGB Puppy Care and Training Leaflet;
- Worming and flea treatments details;
- Microchip paperwork;
- Health testing on parent(s);
- Pedigree Certificates from both parents;
No: 3 – 6 above may not necessarily be included if breeder produces the PIP below. Puppies that have been registered with the CCGB and that will receive CCGB Lineage Papers will automatically be supplied with a CCGB logo’d and endorsed version of the PIP.
No: 1 – 5 should be supplied for puppies that are not being registered with the CCGB by the Approved Breeder, also a blank PIP can be downloaded directly from here
BVAAWF RSPCA Puppy Information Pack (PIP) and Puppy Contract
BVAAWF RSPCA Puppy Information Pack (PIP) and Puppy contract which includes; details of puppy’s date of birth, colour, parentage, CCGB registration process (if the breeders has opted to register the litter), microchip number, free temporary puppy insurance details (if offered), worming and flea treatment/dates, vet check and vaccination dates, weaning food details, toilet training progress, where the litter were born, what people they have interacted with, what other animals they have interacted with, what collars and harnesses and/or noises they have experienced, which of the parents and littermates you have viewed, the mothers date of birth/ID/registration/number of litters/worming details, the fathers date of birth/ID/registration details, health screening results of both parents, details of the registration papers proceedure.