PetBudget‘s readers often ask me for help to find puppies as it can be a challenge. Therefore, I have researched Irish Setters breeders for you. On this page you will find all the Irish Setters breeders I have found in South Dakota and surrounding states.
Buy your puppy from a caring and responsible breeder only. Avoid puppy mills or unreliable backyard breeders. Even if it means waiting longer for your pet, it will be worth it. In fact, you will increase your chances to get a healthy and well-behaved dog. Always visit the kennel you are considering, ask questions about the breeding process, and spend a little time with your future puppy. Make sure that your new dog and the mom have been checked by a veterinarian before your visit.
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The following directory is meant to help you find your dream puppy. But the breeders of these pages haven’t been vetted by our team. Therefore, their presence here does not guarantee the quality of their breeding process. Read the last section of the article regarding how to tell if a breeder is trustworthy.
Irish Setter Breeders in South Dakota
We have not found any Irish Setter breeder in South Dakota.
Irish Setter Breeders close to South Dakota
Breeders in Minnesota
WINDWOOD IRISH SETTERS
- Contact: PAM SEIPKES
- Location: MOTLEY, MN
- Phone: 218-296-0728
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: windwoodirishsetters.com
- Member of: AKC, Irish Setter Club of America
Breeders in Iowa
Hoffman’s Dog House
- Location: Melvin, IA
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://www.hoffmansdoghouse.com/
How to find reputable Irish Setter breeders?
It is essential to get your dog from a reputable breeder and avoid puppy mills and greedy backyard breeders at all costs. Although very low prices should always be a huge red flag, even the most expensive puppies could come from bad sellers, and price only is not a sign of quality. Breeders registered with a kennel club tend to be more serious, but again, it is not enough to decide whether a breeder is trustworthy or not. Along the same lines, an unregistered breeder could be excellent.
Here are the characteristics of good breeders:
Small scale operations
- Usually only sell one or two breeds, don’t have puppies available all the time, and have experience.
- Raise puppies in their home since birth and show love toward their dogs.
- Make sure puppies are handled by different people to be comfortable with humans.
- Knowledgeable about the breed (temperament, health, nutrition, grooming, etc.), answer your questions.
- Encourage you to meet them, visit their kennel (should be clean and spacious), and see the breeding dogs and puppies (should be kept clean, warm, and well-fed). Good breeders tend to only sell puppies to people they have met in person.
- Willing to share information about their breeding process. Good breeders don’t start breeding dogs under 18 months old and usually stop after 3 to 6 litters.
- Will ask you to pick up the puppy at the kennel or at least to bring it to you themselves (serious breeder will never ship their puppies or refuse access to the kennel).
- Will make sure you will be a good fit for their dog (usually by making you fill a questionnaire) and will most likely make you sign a contract spelling out your responsibilities (usually to spay/neuter and sometimes train the dog).
- Screen their breeding dogs for genetic disorders and keep their vaccine and preventive healthcare up to date (should be able to provide proof, like health certificates, test results, etc.).
- Take puppies to the vet first the first weeks (and can prove it).
- Don’t let puppies less than eight weeks old leave their mother.
For Irish Setter breeding dogs, the AKC national breed club recommends the following health tests: hip evaluation, thyroid evaluation, and PRA Optigen DNA test. Ask your breeder for test results.
Check the medical section of our Irish Setter article to know more about the most common health issues for this breed and the potential cost, according to Dr. Brooks, DVM.
- Reputable breeders will be able to provide references from previous buyers.
- Will keep answering your questions and help after the sale if needed.
- Will take the dog back at any time if needed and provide a guarantee (usually for health and temperament).
Sellers to avoid
Finally, I would strongly advise against buying a puppy on Craigslist, Hoobly, or similar websites, and even in pet stores (unless they have partnered with a shelter and offer dogs for adoption). The likelihood that dogs you will find there are coming for puppy mills is very high. It supports a very inhuman system and increases the chance of your puppy developing expensive health issues and significant behavioral problems in the future.