So you’re looking for your new, furry best friend and I still haven’t convinced you that adopting is the way to go… OR maybe you looked in your local shelters and weren’t able to find a pup that would be a good fit for your household. Before looking for a breeder be sure to read these useful tips on what to look for in a responsible, ethical breeder who breeds healthy, well-tempered puppies.
Here is a curated list of the top 10 things to look for:
- The breeder allows you to see where the puppies and their parents live. These spaces should be spacious, clean and have everything the dogs need to be healthy and happy.
- The breeder should only breed a few different types of dogs and should have extensive knowledge of each one in order to provide appropriate information on how to care for them.
- Reputable breeders typically don’t always have puppies available for sale. Normally there is a waiting list.
- When visiting you should be encouraged to spend time with both the puppies as well as their parents.
- Has full vet records with recorded vaccines and checkups. A good breeder will wait the appropriate amount of time in between vaccines and won’t rush to get the puppies out as soon as possible.
- Prepares you for any genetic problems that the dog might be predisposed to.
- Keeps up to date with local laws regarding dog breeding.
- Will provide references of others who have also purchased puppies from them.
- They also require that you explain why you want the dog, how/who will care for the dog, how you plan on training the dog and what kind of food you will provide for the pup.
- They will also ask you to sign contracts indicating that you will spay or neuter the dog and that if at any point you cannot care for the dog, you will return him/her to the breeder.
It is crucial to find a reputable dog breeder to ensure that your puppy is healthy and happy and that no other dog is suffering for the sake of profit.