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What makes a good Dog Breeder

Dog breeding starts well before any puppies are born. The breeder must make sure that the female and male dogs are in pristine health and condition for breeding. This involves several kinds of testing:

  • Conformation testing - ensures that the dogs meet the physical requirements for the breed. This includes structure and appearance as defined by the dog’s breed.

  • Temperament testing - measures how well a dog is able to interact with humans and their environment.

  • Health testing - looks for any disorders or diseases that could affect the integrity of the breed. Any malformation would disqualify a dog from being used for breeding purposes.

  • Genetic testing - ensures that a dog is pure-bred.

Do you need a license to breed dogs in Spain

The Spanish Law of animal protection makes it illegal to “breed and trade in animals without the corresponding licences and permits”,

Tips to find a reputable Dog Breeder in Spain

Search our Protectapet Dog Breeders Directory, While the Protectapet does not endorse, license or recommend breeders, we can help you locate a breeder in your area.

  • Ask your Vet
  • Ask another Dog Owner
  • Contact local dog clubs
  • Visit local dog shows
  • Search online for referrals
  • Ask to meet the breeder at their facility and be prepared with a list of questions such as………
    • How long have you been a dog breeder?
    • How many types of dogs do you breed at one time?
    • How often do you clean, feed, and play with the dogs?
    • Are you a registered dog breeder?
    • Can you show me proof of the dogs' physical health from a licensed veterinarian?
    • Can I meet the pup's mother or parents?
    • Can you provide references from other individuals or families who have purchased dogs from you before?
    • Can you tell me about any potential genetic issues or problems with the types of dogs you breed?
    • Can I return for multiple visits with my family before making a purchase?

Pure bred Dogs

Pure bred dogs are dogs that have been born form parents and grandparents all of the same breed. The breeder’s association rules are the full blood genetics of a dog must be above 87.5%

Spanish Dog Breeds

There are 13 Spanish dog breeds recognised by the Spanish Royal Canine Society and at least one international kennel club.

  • Catalan Sheepdog. ...
  • Ibizan Hound. ...
  • Perro de Presa Canario. ...
  • Podenco. ...
  • Spanish Galgo. ...
  • Spanish Mastiff. ...
  • Spanish Water Dog. ...
  • Bichon Frise.
  • Majorca Shepherd Dog
  • Pyrenean Mastiff
  • Majorcan Bulldog (Ca de Bou)
  • Spanish Hound (Sabueso Espanol)
  • Spanish Pointer (Perdiguero de Burgos)


Research the breed of dog that you want

If you are looking to buy a pure breed puppy, you need to think about which breed is suitable for you and your family. You will need to choose a breed that will work well with your lifestyle.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself before choosing the breed of dog that you want to take home.

  • Are you an active person or more laid back?
  • How much time do you have to train & socialise with a new puppy?
  • Do you have or plan to have children?
  • How long are you away from home each day?
  • How much time can you commit to grooming a dog?
  • Do you prefer large or small dogs?
  • Are you looking for a dog companion for a specific activity such as running or hiking?

The answers to all these questions will help you find the perfect breed of dog for you.


Spain does not have breed-specific bans, and all dog breeds are welcome in the country. However, there are restrictions on strong and aggressive dog breeds such as the Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Akita Inu, Tosa Inu, Rottweiler, Fila Brasiliero and other powerful dog breeds.

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