Price – Prices vary according to individual breeders….expect to pay upwards of $2,500, but, in reality, closer to $3,000 per pup: the minimum this should include is pedigree papers, relevant immunisations, VWD status and general info about caring for your pup.
Breeders will always look for only the very best homes in which to place their pups or, at times, older dogs looking to be re-homed. As you can imagine, there is quite a screening process to go through and the breeder will want to know a lot about the family and the home that their animal will potentially be placed in. If you are looking for a Puppy and would like to be placed on our waiting list, please complete the Scottie Interest Registration Form.
Alternatively, the Scottish Terrier Club of Victoria is in the process of asking our members who breed to sign an agreement to place a breeders listing on this website. This allows you, a potential Scottie owner, to contact them directly. Please visit the Breeders Listing on this site for further information.
Note: There are dog sales websites that list breeders from around Australia. There are breeders on these sites that the Victorian Scottish Terrier Club has no knowledge of or association with, so please do your home work.
We also ask you to carefully consider the following before purchase of your puppy, no matter where he/she comes from:
Can you see the parents – if the breeder says no, try another breeder. If purchasing from interstate, ask for a reference, ie someone who has purchased a puppy from them. There are ‘puppy farmers’ operating in Victoria that pretend to be legitimate by saying that they belong to breed clubs etc….they must belong to a Dogs Victoria, or the equivalent organisation in their state.
Do you get papers with your puppy – All pedigree puppies should come with pedigree papers. Whether getting a ‘pet’ or ‘show’ dog; if you are not offered pedigree papers, then do not get the pup….getting papers means the pup was bred following Dogs Victoria regulations.
Go to the Vet – Have a vet check your pup within a week of purchase…if there are any problems, go back to the breeder.
Von Williebrand Disease (VWD) – This is a genetic bleeding disorder that scotties can be effected by. They can also carry the disease in their genes and not be affected by it. Being a carrier is not an issue for a pet dog, however a breeder should not sell you either an affected dog or a carrier without your knowledge. The breeder should provide you with either a certificate that the pup has been tested, or the parents’ certificates to show both parents were either not affected or carriers. (More information on Von Williebrand Disease)
Multiple breeds – If a breeder is selling many breeds of dog, ask them why. If you aren’t happy with their answer, try another breeder.
Puppies are always cute – even that one you saw on the weekend at the pet shop! Please read some of the information on the “Where do puppies come from” website before purchasing a puppy from a pet shop. Please try to consider that these puppies can come from any where. By purchasing a puppy that might have come from a puppy farm you are certainly encouraging these disreputable breeders. This issue isn’t so much about the puppy you buy, it’s the dreadful conditions the parents live in.
Breeders Code of Ethics – Breeders registered with Dogs Victoria are required to sign a Code of Ethics. This code of ethics covers treatment of dogs in every day situations, breeding and sale of puppies. (a copy of the Dogs Victoria – Code of Ethics for responsible dog ownership)
Please note, if you see any Scottish Terrier puppies at a pet shop or retail outlet, note that Dogs Victoria’s code of ethics states that breeders: “…shall not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers or retail pet dealers, or directly or indirectly allow a dog to be given as a prize or donation in a contest of any kind.” (Section 18.104.22.168 of the Code of Ethics and undertaking)