Both Julie & I hope the information below can answer some of the questions you may have in regards to purchasing your puppy or adult from an ethical registered breeder. A breeder should be able to answer any / all questions you may have regarding their puppies / adults or the breed in general.
If you have any questions please ask, as most breeders will wonder why you have not asked any questions and think maybe you may not be able to provide the love, care and attention their puppy requires
All registered breeders are bound by a code of Ethics, and follow the Responsible Breeding guidelines (links below) set out by the ANKC when we join our states controlling body
http://www.dogsnsw.org.au/breeding/code-of-ethics.html - Part 13
Some breeders also have a contract, ask the breeder if they do have this and what it entails.
All breeders who are registered with their states controlling body will be able to show you their current membership documentation. If they can not provide this they are not a registered member. Ask to see the puppies / adults registration papers; these should be either blue or orange (in NSW). You should receive this as well as a diet guide, vaccination, health testing etc when your puppy / adults leaves to go to your home. If this is not supplied at the time do not make payment or final payment until you have received your originals.
Before deciding on your puppy / adult have look at a few litters if possible, if not do not rush in and purchase the first puppy you see because they are cute. DO NOT EVER purchase a puppy from a pet shop or over the internet without seeing it in the flesh. You never know what the health testing, temperament etc are likley to be.
Boxers & Dalmatians do have some health problems that an ethical breeder will be health testing for prior to breeding any litters. If they don't health test steer clear of the puppies / adults, you don’t want to have your new puppy / adult at the vets and leaving you with an expensive vet bill. Ask to see all relevant paper work - originals not copies .
If a breeder has numerous litters a year and advertises consistantly ask yourself why, most ethical registered breeder/s will have 2 - 4 litters a year in the hopes of finding that next champion in the show, obedience, agility ring. They will not be breeding to fill a market gap, and will not be asking an exorbitant fee for your puppy / adult
As the age old saying goes 'if it is too good to be true then it is'
The below information was taken from DOGSNSW website
WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE A PURE BRED DOG?
History tells us that man has endeavoured, since the beginning of time, to produce animals of desired characteristics and features. The pedigreed dog is an historic success story, a tribute to man’s creativity.
There is hardly a useful or recreational pursuit of man that the dog may not enhance or complement and all dispositions are available.
The pedigree dog is infinitely more predictable as to size, characterisics, temperament and coat
than its crossbred relatives. (VCA Policy Statement)
There are definite benefits to owning a pure-bred dog:
· The various types of pure-bred dogs are the result of many years of selective breeding. All breeds were developed for a specific purpose and documentation is available on their history and heritage.
· When you buy a pure-bred puppy you will know what to expect in the adult dog, as the size, temperament, appearance and characteristics are predictable.
· When considering a pure-bred dog, it is possible to narrow down the choices to those with attributes which most clearly fit into your personal lifestyle and interests. For example, whether the dog will be good with your children or whether you will have time to groom and exercise the dog properly.
· Responsible breeders will answer your questions and share their experiences and knowledge with you. They can provide background on the breed and discuss the characteristics of the adult dog.
· When you buy from a reputable DNSW registered breeder you will receive a documented history of the puppy and you will be able to see one or both parents or other family members.
· Breeders have experience to give puppies the care and nurturing they need at critical early stages. This not only ensures you’ll have a healthy puppy, but that the puppy is much less likely to develop into a difficult adult. Breeders will guide you in proper care and feeding, health issues and training. Breeders are there to help you and will continue to provide information and support as your puppy grows.
· Owners of registered pure-bred dogs can join the DNSW and participate in a variety of activities and events with their dogs. These provide an opportunity for social interactions with others common or similar interests.
· All DNSW members are bound by a code of ethics covering responsible dog ownership and breeder responsibilities.
· You will not only know the background of your puppy, but be able to see other adult family members
· Information is available on all pure-bred dogs and breeders can provide invaluable advise and ongoing support
· DNSW registered puppies can participate in many activities and events
· Breeders who are members of the DNSW are bound by a code of ethics
· How can I know the puppy will suit my lifestyle and fit my family when it grows up?
· How can I find out about the puppy’s family or background?
· Where do I obtain information and advice about my puppy’s needs as it grows?
· How can I be sure my puppy is healthy?
The below information was taken from Ausralian National Kennel Council website
National Code of Ethics of Responsible Dog Ownership
Amended November 1996
Amended May 1998
Amended October 2000
Amended October 2001
Amended May 2005
Amended October 2007
Amended June 2008
Amended October 2008
Each member, upon being elected or re elected to membership of a Member Body of the ANKC shall be bound by the ANKC Code of Practice subject to each States relevant legislation.
1. A member shall not knowingly or recklessly misrepresent the ANKC or the member’s Member Body.
2. A member shall not engage in any behaviour that is contrary to the standards accepted by the community.
3. A member shall display good sportsmanship and conduct at all times so as to reflect credit upon themselves, the ANKC and the member’s Member Body.
4. Members shall constantly strive to improve their knowledge of their chosen breed or breeds, and their knowledge of the requirements for the care, welfare and betterment of dogs.
5. Members shall ensure that all dogs under their control are properly controlled, housed, fed, watered, exercised and receive veterinary care as required.
6. A member who leaves a dog owned by them in the care of another person shall remain ultimately responsible for that dog.
7. A member shall take all appropriate lawful measures to assist a dog in distress.
8. A member shall positively enhance the reputation of dog breeders and owners by ensuring that dogs owned by the member are not a danger or nuisance to the community.
9. A member shall not participate in nor support any activity in that involves cruelty or damage to animals, excluding legal hunting activities.
10. A member shall not dispose of dogs owned or bred by the member to a pound or animal refuge.
11. A member shall breed primarily for the purpose of improving the quality and / or working ability of the breed in accordance with the breed standard, and not specifically for the pet or commercial market.
12. A member shall not breed with a bitch unless the bitch has reached adequate maturity for that breed as determined by the member’s Member Body.
13. A member shall not breed a bitch (except under extenuating circumstances) causing it to whelp more than twice in eighteen months without the prior approval of the member’s Member Body.
14. A member shall not breed a bitch (except under extenuating circumstances) causing it to whelp more than six times without prior veterinary certification of fitness for further breeding, and without prior approval of the member’s Member Body.
15. A member shall not permit any of that member’s pure bred dogs to be mated to a dog of a different breed, to a cross bred dog, to an unregistered dog of the same breed, or to a dog not on the Main Register without the prior approval of the member’s Member Body.
16. A member shall take responsible action to reduce the incidence of hereditary diseases in accordance with the ANKC Code of Practice for Hereditary Diseases.
17. A member shall not, within Australia, sell or otherwise transfer from that member’s care any puppy under eight  weeks of age without the approval of the member’s Member Body.
18. A member shall not export a puppy under the age of eleven  weeks, or such greater age permitted under the livestock import requirements of the country to which the puppy is being exported.
19. A member shall not knowingly sell a dog to any person residing in an overseas country known to be involved in the utilisation of dogs for the meat trade without first satisfying the member’s Member Body that the purchaser is a member of an ANKC recognised canine controlling body in the overseas country. The member and purchaser must further acknowledge in writing to the member’s Member Body that the intention of the sale is for the improvement of the quality of that breed in the overseas country, and not for any other purpose.
20. A member shall ensure that persons acquiring dogs from that member understand the requirements for the care, welfare and responsible ownership of the dog, and that they have the time and facilities, e.g. adequate fences, sufficient room and proper shelter, to fulfil their responsibilities.
21. A breeder shall be expected to maintain reasonable contact with the purchasers of dogs from that breeder and to offer continued advice and reasonable assistance.
22. A member shall register all puppies bred (excluding those breeds listed in ANKC Regulation Part 6, Section 6.2 whose specific colours precludes them from being registered on any Register) by that member that are living at the date of registration. Such registration must include all puppies from the litter on the one litter registration application form and must be applied for within eighteen  months of the date of whelping. (6/08)
23. A member shall provide to all recipients of dogs sold or otherwise disposed of by that member, written details of:
.1 The breed characteristics;
.2 Vaccination record and / or requirements;
.3 Responsible dog ownership information; and
.4 All documentation required by the member’s Member Body.
24. A member shall not incorrectly describe nor knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of a breed.
25. A member shall ensure that all dogs sold or disposed or by that member are in the best possible state of health. Where a dog with a health issue or disability is disposed of the member must obtain from the recipient written and signed acknowledgement of the condition of the dog.
26. A member shall not:
.1 Sell or dispose of a dog to a commercial pet wholesaler or retail pet shop unless they are accredited by the Pet Industry Association of Australia Limited (PIAA).
.2 Allow a dog owned by that member to be given as a prize or donation or to be auctioned.
27. A member who provides or makes available a dog for use in a film, advertisement, promotion, or any media or public display must ensure that:
.1 The dog is portrayed in a manner consistent with its breed characteristics and temperament as described in the Standard for that breed; and
.2 The dog is presented in a manner that is unlikely to create a negative reaction to dogs generally or that breed in particular and that if there is any likelihood of a negative impression, this is at the same time corrected through the development of a story line that presents the dog or breed in a balanced manner.
28. A member shall not indulge in false or misleading advertising relating to the conformation, characteristics or performance of that member’s dog.
29. A member shall not misrepresent nor malign the conformation, characteristics or performance of another member’s dog.