15 Signs of a Good Dog Breeder

15 Signs of a Good Dog Breeder

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:

  1. The Breeder will greet you in their house and not somewhere else.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. There will be minimal numbers of litters from mom, and the number of litters available for adoption will be limited.
  6. The parents’ health clearances will be available for you and parent and grandparent dogs were tested for hereditary problems
  7. The puppies will be genetically tested or come with a health guarantee
  8. The breeder will refer you to past clients to speak with
  9. 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
  10. The breeder will take the dog back if you are unable to care for it.
  11. The breeder will insist on keeping the puppy until it is at least 8 weeks old with his first round of vaccinations
  12. A responsible breeder will not have numerous breeding pairs of dogs (If they do, it is another red flag) 
  13. The breeder will be available for assistance after you take your puppy or kitten home and offer guidance for the care and training
  14. The breeder has participated in shows or competitions, this show that the breeder is motivated by enthusiasm for the breed.
  15. 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


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