Can I see the puppies with their mum?
The puppies should be seen at home with their mum.
How old is the mum?
Mum should be at least two years of age.
How many litters has mum had?
What health checks do Irish Water Spaniel
advised that all dogs are hip scored and elbow scored before breeding. It is also recommended that parents are eye
tested through the BVA/KC
Have both mum and dad been hip scored? What are
Hip scoring is a measure of the degree of hip dysplasia. Each hip
is x-rayed and scored and the two scores added together. The scores can
range from 0-53 for each hip 0 being perfect and 53 the being the
worse. The average hip score for Irish Water Spaniels is 10.
Elbow score should be 0 or 1. It
is recommended that dogs with an elbow score of 2 or 3 are not bred from.
Are the puppies weaned?
What should I feed the puppy and do you have a
Have the puppies been wormed
Puppies should be wormed regularly so information should be given as to
when the next dose of wormer is due.
Have the puppies had any vaccinations?
If yes, when and what vaccination was given? The vaccination record
card should be given to you. If not, contact your own vet to discuss
Can I return the puppy if it has any health
The breeder should take the puppy back at any time if there are any
How much exercise should the puppy be given?
Advice should be given to ensure a young puppy is not given too much
exercise which could result in joint damage.
What grooming does the puppy require?
Information sheet should be given. You may need to find a groomer to
trim your dog if you cannot do it yourself. Puppies should be groomed
regularly from the start so they get used to standing still and
accepting combing and brushing.
Is the puppy kennel club registered?
Registration papers should be given to you or sent on as soon as
possible. Don’t forget to transfer the puppy’s ownership to your own.
Is the puppy microchipped?Since
April 2016 all puppies/dogs are required to be microchipped. It is important that
on change of ownership the details to be updated to your name and address.
Is the puppy insured?
Many breeders give 6 weeks free insurance with a puppy. It is worth
shopping around to find the right insurance policy for you if you are
going to continue insuring your puppy.
What the breeder should ask you
Be prepared for the breeder to ask you questions to try and assess your
suitability as an owner. A good breeder will give you all the
information you need to cope with your puppy and will always be willing
to give you advice. A good breeder will also want you to agree to
return the puppy to them at any time if you are unable to keep it for
You should find out as much about the
breed as possible before deciding to have a puppy. Also look into puppy
classes in your area, go along to a few to watch before you get your
puppy to see if you like their methods. You may need to book a place in
advance as puppy classes get filled up quickly.
The following books maybe
Perfect Puppy’ by Gwen
‘Before and After getting Your Puppy’ by Ian Dunbar