If you haven't already adopted your dog, or selected your dog for adoption, please consider adopting a rescue dog instead of going to a breeder or a pet store. If you are adamant on getting a puppy or kitten from a breeder, then make sure that you do your research, and find a reputable one.
These are the 15 Signs that you’ve found a good breeder:
- The Breeder will greet you in their house and not somewhere else.
- The puppies will live in the house and be handled often, as pet who is born into family life has a better shot at growing up relaxed and friendly.
- The parents will be on site, and you will be able to meet them, meeting the father may not be possible, but you should certainly meet the mother.
- The place is clean and safe, and that they’re supplied with fresh water, beds, and toys. Is there a toilet area in the puppy living quarters for housetraining
- There will be minimal numbers of litters from mom, and the number of litters available for adoption will be limited.
- The parents’ health clearances will be available for you and parent and grandparent dogs were tested for hereditary problems
- The puppies will be genetically tested or come with a health guarantee
- The breeder will refer you to past clients to speak with
- The breeder will show knowledge of the breed, and be honest about its advantages and drawbacks, whether that means a tendency to develop certain health problems or a temperament
- The breeder will take the dog back if you are unable to care for it.
- The breeder will insist on keeping the puppy until it is at least 8 weeks old with his first round of vaccinations
- A responsible breeder will not have numerous breeding pairs of dogs (If they do, it is another red flag)
- The breeder will be available for assistance after you take your puppy or kitten home and offer guidance for the care and training
- The breeder has participated in shows or competitions, this show that the breeder is motivated by enthusiasm for the breed.
- One Last Thing, a good and responsible breeder will also have expectations of you and will ask the following:
a. Your living situation (are you a renter or a home owner? do you have a yard or do you life in an apartment?)
b. Your household (Who lives with you? Can I meet them?Can I come to your place?)
c. Your purpose for adopting (Is this strictly a family pet, or are you planning on showing the dog?)
d. Your experience with dogs or with the breed
e. When you GET the puppy, you might have to sign a spay/neuter contract or come to an agreement about breeding rights to avoid contributing to pet overpopulation