Chris Brown is adding dog breeder to his resume. The controversial singer is looking to find homes for his two-month-old American pit bull terrier puppies, who were born to the pups he keeps at his mother's Virginia home.
Although his mother is marketing the dogs as "Chris Brown puppies" on Twitter and has set up a website, CB Breeds, a rep for Brown insists this will not be an ongoing business pursuit.
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There are eight puppies listed on the website, available for $1,000 each. The price tag includes registration, current vaccination, veterinarian examination, health guarantee and a "four generation performance pedigree."
We can't say if Brown is a responsible breeder, but if you're interested in his pups -- or any other -- here are some questions that you need to ask the breeder:
- Will the breeder help you pick out a dog that matches your own or your family's needs?
- How has the breeder assessed the puppy's temperament?
- Has the puppy been handled and socialized?
- What are the puppies being fed?
- How often will the dog need to be groomed?
- How does this pup get along with other animals?
- How long can the dog be left alone at home?
- How much exercise does the dog need?
- What are the best training methods for this dog?
- At what age are the puppies available for adoption?
- What is the breeder's follow-up policy once the puppy is adopted?
- If for whatever reasons you cannot keep the puppy, will the breeder take it back?
- Does the breeder provide a written bill of sale detailing the responsibilities of the seller and buyer?
- Is there a specific contract for puppies that will be show dogs?
- How many years has the breeder been breeding dogs? This breed of dog?
- Does the breeder have references from other buyers?
- What possible health problems might this dog develop?
- What breed-specific health screenings have been performed on the sire and dam of the litter?
- Will the breeder replace the puppy if a genetic disease crops up after adoption?
- What vaccinations have the puppies had?
- Are the pedigrees of both the sire and dam available? Is at least the pedigree of the dam available?
- Has the puppy been microchipped or tattooed to identify breeding stock?
- Can you have the puppy examined by your own veterinarian within the next three days and returned with full refund if there's a problem?
Questions you should expect a breeder to ask you:
- Have you ever had a dog before? A puppy?
- What do you know about this breed?
- What kind of temperament are you looking for?
- Are you planning on showing the dog, or do you simply want a companion?
- Is this going to be a family dog? If yes, how many children are in your family, and how old are they? Is this their first dog?
- What kind of lifestyle do you have? Athletic? Laid back? Social? Solitary?
- Do you live in a house? In an apartment?
- Do you have a fenced yard? How big?
- Do you have other pets?
- Are you aware of the costs of owning a dog over its lifetime?
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