The club recommends you purchase your puppy from a NZKC Registered Breeder and talk to the breeder before you purchase your puppy about what health testing they do, how they raise their puppies and any endorsements they will place on your puppy's registration.
The club maintains a directory of breeders who have registered with the club. We suggest you contact these breeders.
Most breeders are happy for you to sight the health certificates for the parents and some will actually write the health results on the pedigree of your puppy.
The health tests most important to ask about are:
Other health tests you can ask about are:
All responsible breeders want to hear about any issues with the puppy or adult they have sold or given to you. Please contact the breeder of your Samoyed so they can help you with any health or behaviour issue or if you can no longer keep your Samoyed.
Hints on how to find a responsible breeder
Responsible breeders usually spend time in answering buyers' questions, willingly give advice about diet, training, exercise, grooming etc.
They breed their dogs because they genuinely admire the breed and want to contribute to its betterment.
They allow bitches to recover sufficiently in between litters and do not breed season after season.
They usually consider themselves responsible for the whole life of the puppy, keeping in touch with the puppy's owner and want to be the first person to know and help if the dog can no longer be kept by the owner.
They help prospective owners work out whether a Samoyed would be the best choice for them.
They interview the buyer usually asking some or all of the following:
How to locate a responsible breeder
Breed clubs in your area are a good point of contact for information about local breeders.
Dogs NZ (New Zealand Kennel Club) is also a good starting point to look for a responsible breeder.
Vet's, groomers, and boarding kennels can also be a source of information.
Beware advertisements offering 'fluffy bundles of joy for Xmas' etc. These type of people are only interested in the colour of your money !
Questions the owner should be asking the breeder, if the breeder has not discussed these already
Responsible breeders should willingly give the above information and would want all the above discussed before you view any puppy. They will also be happy for you to inspect their property. They will be happy to offer advice and support you and your puppy as you head through a joyous life together.
If you would prefer an older dog ask the breeder if they have a retired breeding or show dog looking for a new home or register with the club for a rehome or rescue.
BEWARE OF BUYING FROM PET SHOPS AND UNKNOWLEDGEABLE BREEDERS AS THEY DO NOT AND WILL NOT OFFER THE FOLLOW UP SUPPORT THAT IS USUALLY REQUIRED FOR A FIRST TIME SAMOYED OWNER AND ESPECIALLY FOR A FIRST TIME DOG OWNER.