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How To Choose Your Breeder

Choosing a breeder is a serious decision and you need to be informed. This is advice I used as a guideline when sourcing my own breeding animals.

Motivation

It's important to understand why a breeder chose to raise and rehome animals for pets. It is easy to discern those breeders who are strictly in the business to gain a profit. Their prices are usually exorbitant without having a solid explanation and they judge potential customers on social media who cannot afford their pet prices. These types of breeders are usually taking shortcuts to increase their profits while stagnating their investments. When choosing for a breeder, ask them: are you feeding a high quality, grain free food? are you knowledgeable about the history of the breed? Do you test for genetic health defects? Do you provide a health guarantee? And, please describe your breeding program? Discerning a breeder's motivation is significant because motivation informs the quality of care given to the pets. If the quality of care is not top tier then who knows what kind of problems you could end up with in your new companion. 

Knowledge

Every breeder should have an extensive network of resources to learn and share knowledge about the history, health, and pedigree of their animals. when it comes to breeding, you to be in the know. It is not okay to make mistakes simply because you were not aware! Understanding animal genetics, reproductive science, french bulldog history, and bengal history is important because it allows you to create a breeding program that will ultimately lead to the betterment of both breeds. My goal is to breed out harmful genetics in a bloodline while keeping genetics that are important to have in family pets. Canine and Feline blood lines need to be varied and robust. It is important that Dams, Queens, and Studs are sourced from different parts of the world in order to combine the best of the best bloodlines. I am knowledgeable to the point where I assist all my potential customers and repeat customers in making the most informed decision based on their goals, whether that is to buy a Frenchie or Bengal. I always give my customers the most accurate information for their situation. 

Socialization

It is important to understand that just because a breeder keeps the animals living area clean does not mean that they are treating the animals how they should be treated. Showling love, stimulation, and affection to future family pets and companions is paramount to raising successful, resilient puppies and kittens. You do not want to buy puppies or kittens that have not been well socialized just because they are cheap. That is a true disservice to yourself, family, or friends. An ill socialized puppy or kitten will bring more headache and heartache than most people realize. Frenchies and Bengals are famous for their social and loving temperaments. A breeder should be fostering and encouraging this temperament through every stage of growth in the puppies and parents through stimulation, exposure therapy, and care-taking.

References

Please ask for a breeder's references before buying a puppy or kitten to make sure that they are telling you the truth and they are who they say they are! (short and sweet :))

AKC/TICA

When choosing a breeder make sure that their breeding animals are registered to professional and/or international canine or feline registries. This is important because organizations like TICA or AKC uphold high standards for purebred canines and felines. If you are going to spend a significant amount of money on a forever pet then you want to be sure that they are worth it. A lot of breeders do not register their breeding animals because they are not purebred and would not be accepted in TICA or AKC. But that fact will not stop them from trying to sell you a false narrative. I have consulted with many people about whether or noth their Bengal or Frenchie is a purebred because they get embarassed when another pet owner reveals to them that they may not have a purebred pet. No one wants to be in that position! So save some money and invest in a companion who will comfort you for 14-18 years, at least.

Quality

People buy Bengals and Frenchies for many different reasons. Many people are drawn to the hypoallergenic and exotic nature of Bengals and many people are drawn to the laid back and clown-like nature of Frenchies. Each breed has their own unique traits that attract different buyers. But no matter how cute they are it is important to remember that quality is the highest priority when you think about the future of your pet. My animals are not only beautiful but they have international and champion bloodlines in their pedigree. When animals such as the Frenchie and Bengal have international and champion bloodlines it means that they have done exceedingly well in meeting the standard in their class. For a potential customer this is not an added bonus but a necessity when it comes to picking their new companion.

Cost

I know it seems easier to choose a breeder based on their prices. But as a lifetime animal lover I know that those animals sold at a much lower price are not well taken care of and that's why they are so cheap. Animals that are bred "accidentally" will have pronounced health issues because care was not taken to weed out harmful genetics. I know this because I have seen it over and over again with friends and family members. "You get what you paid for" could not be any more true when it comes to breeding Frenchies and Bengals. These two breeds are some of the most expesive to raise and that fact is reflected in our pricing.

Bottom Line

You are spending a significant amount of money, I understand that, and I don't take that fact lightly. A family pet or personal companion is a decision that should be made with the heart. I've denied myself many comforts for many years and it wears on you. Choose a breeder that has your best interests at heart, someone that understands what you need. Make sure you ask serious questions to assess a breeder's motivations, knowledge, program, and goals to make sure you are getting what you deserve.


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