The Importance of Breeder Questionnaires
A responsible breeder will have a questionnaire for potential owners, and will also have a waiting list for them. The Breeder Questionnaire helps you to provide yourself with a good idea of what owners will be like and it allows you to approve them even before you have puppies.
Breeder Questionnaires are important for all breeds but especially for large, dominant, or working breeds. These types of dogs are not appropriate for all families nor living situations. Knowing what the dog’s intended use is vital to place the right puppy in the right situation to ensure the puppies and the owner’s success.
If you have a website, it is highly suggested to have this breeder questionnaire as part of your ‘Contact Us’ page. If set up properly, you can set it up to where the customer must fill in their answers and the completed questionnaire will be automatically sent to you.
By doing this, you can weed out the unqualified customers and save yourself a lot of time on the phone. Once you have approved a customer as a good candidate, you can then call the potential customer to discuss further and go over the breeder questionnaire with them.
Remember if someone doesn’t want to take the time to fill out the breeder questionnaire about what kind of home they would provide, they aren’t going to take the time to provide your puppy with a good home, either.
The Importance of Breeder Questionnaires: What questions should you ask?
There are some great questions that you should ask on your breeder questionnaire so that you know for sure what type of home your puppy will have. Here are some sample questions to get you started. You may want to alter them to fit your breed. These are just some ideas.
What do you want to get from your new puppy?
Male or female?
Is there a color preference?
Are you planning on showing your puppy?
Where will your puppy sleep?
Who will be responsible for taking care of your puppy?
Do you have children? If so what are their ages?
Does your puppy have an area in your home that is just for them?
Will your puppy get enough exercise?
What will you teach your children about the responsibilities of having a dog?
Will you make sure that your children treat your puppy correctly?
Do you have a fenced-in yard for your puppy to run in?
What will happen to your puppy if you are no longer able to take care of him?
Would you allow us to come to your home and see where your puppy will be living?
Will you follow the breeder’s contract instructions (food, training, supplements, etc.)?
What dogs have you owned in the past, and have you been happy with the breeds?
Have you done your research on this breed?
Which dogs were you not happy with and why?
Why do you want to own one of our puppies?
Do you understand that crate training is important and that your puppy must be
By providing a list of questions to your new owners on your breeder questionnaire. It will let them know what type of home you expect the new puppy to have. As a result of them filling out the questionnair, this will help you see what type of people are applying to own your puppy.
If they fill out the questions on the Breeder Questionnaires and send it back to you, this is a good indicator that they are going to be responsible because they have taken the time to fill out the answers to the questions. You can also get a good idea of the type of home that they will provide as a result!