Reputable Breeders: Why Avoiding Gumtree Can Protect Your New Puppy’s Health and Happiness

When it comes to bringing a new furry friend into your family, the source of your new companion matters more than you might think. While websites like Gumtree may offer convenience and a wide array of options, they often lack the credibility and reliability necessary for ensuring a healthy and well-adjusted puppy. In this blog, we’ll delve into what makes a reputable breeder and why purchasing a puppy from Gumtree or similar platforms might not be the best decision for you and your future furry friend.

A smiling woman with brown hair stands outdoors, holding a Kelpie cross dog in her arms. The dog has a glossy coat and a friendly expression as it looks towards the camera. The woman's affectionate gaze reflects the bond between her and her beloved canine companion.

What defines a Reputable Breeder?

A reputable breeder is someone who prioritizes the health and well-being of their dogs above all else. They are dedicated to maintaining and improving the breed standard, ensuring proper socialization of puppies, and providing a loving and nurturing environment for their animals. Here are some key characteristics of a reputable breeder:

  1. Health Screening: Reputable breeders conduct health screenings on their breeding dogs to identify and eliminate genetic diseases and health issues within the breed.
  2. Responsible Breeding Practices: They limit the number of litters each breeding dog produces and ensure that their dogs are well cared for, with proper nutrition, exercise, and veterinary care. They also do not handover pups who are less than 8 weeks old.
  3. Socialization and Training: Reputable breeders prioritize early socialization and basic training for their puppies, setting them up for success in their new homes. Ask how they do this!
  4. Transparency: They are transparent about their breeding practices, allowing potential buyers to visit their facilities, meet the parent dogs, and ask questions about the breeding process. Reputable breeders should conduct interviews with prospective owners to ensure they are the right fit for the pup.
  5. Lifetime Support: Reputable breeders offer support and guidance to puppy buyers throughout the dog’s life, including advice on training, nutrition, and health care.
  6. Veterinary care: Pups must go to their new home with; microchip number and first vaccination
Why you shouldn’t buy a puppy from gumtree:

While Gumtree may seem like a convenient platform for finding a new puppy, there are several reasons why it’s not the best option:

  1. Lack of Regulation: Gumtree is a classified ads website where anyone can advertise puppies for sale, regardless of their breeding practices or the health of the dogs.* This lack of regulation means that puppies sold on Gumtree may come from puppy mills or backyard breeders who prioritize profit over the well-being of the animals. *It is now compulsory in Victoria for a microchip number to be displayed in any advertisement for dogs and cats. Click the link for more information 
  2. Health Risks: Puppies purchased from Gumtree are often not properly screened for genetic diseases or health issues, increasing the risk of costly veterinary bills and heartbreak for new owners.
  3. Limited Information: Gumtree listings may provide limited information about the puppy’s background, parentage, and health history, making it difficult for buyers to make informed decisions.
  4. Lack of Support: sellers on Gumtree may not provide any support or guidance after the sale is complete, leaving buyers on their own to navigate the challenges of raising a puppy.
  5. Supporting Unethical Practices: By purchasing a puppy from Gumtree, you may unknowingly support unethical breeding practices such as puppy mills or backyard breeders, where dogs are kept in deplorable conditions and treated as commodities rather than living beings.

A woman sits comfortably on a couch while her West Highland White Terrier sits happily on a pillow next to her. The woman's relaxed posture and content expression indicate a cozy moment shared with her beloved pet. The Westie's bright white coat and perky ears convey its cheerful disposition as it enjoys being close to its owner.

To summarise:

When it comes to choosing a new puppy, it’s essential to do your research and select a reputable breeder who prioritizes the health and well-being of their dogs. While Gumtree may offer convenience, purchasing a puppy from this platform carries significant risks and may contribute to unethical breeding practices. By choosing a reputable breeder, you can ensure that you’re bringing home a healthy, well-adjusted puppy who will bring joy and companionship to your family for years to come.


Written by Emilia Borkowski 09.02.24

Photos credited to H Liu and Manuel Meza


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