How To Find The Perfect Dog Breeder

How To Find The Perfect Dog Breeder


Someone recently asked that I post on my page how to choose/know you are dealing with a good breeder?  A good breeder can be hard to find, but following are some tips to help you in your search. 

  • They’re not in the business to solely make money. Their dogs compete in dog shows.
  • They can discuss with you the honest advantages and disadvantages of owning a dog of a specific breed.
  • They rigorously screen prospective dog owners to make sure their puppies go to good homes. Be prepared to answer many questions about your lifestyle and pet owning experience.
  • Their written contracts stipulate that if at any point you are unable to keep the dog, you must return him or her.
  • They only sell healthy animals and guarantee them for a reasonable period of time.
  • They test the parents for hereditary diseases that may be common in that breed.
  • They are careful to breed only dogs with good health and temperament.
  • They keep dogs in the home as part of the family – not outside kennels.
  • Have dogs that appear happy, healthy, and are excited to meet new visitors – they do not shy away from people.
  • Shows you where the dogs spend most of their time – Clean, well maintained area.
  • Encourages you to spend time with the puppy’s parents – at a minimum the puppy’s mother when you visit.
  • Only breeds one or two types of dogs and is knowledgeable about what are called ‘breed standards’ (the desired characteristics of the breed, such as size, proportion, coat, color, and temperament)
  • Has a strong relationship with a local veterinarian and shows you records of vet visits for the puppies.
  • Explains in detail the potential genetic problems inherent in the breed (Every breed has specific genetic predispositions) and provides documentation through organizations such as the Orthopedic foundation for animals (OFA) – that the puppies parents and grandparents have been tested to ensure that they are free of these genetic problems.
  • Offers guidance for caring for and training your puppy and is available for assistance after you take your puppy home.
  • Feeds high quality “premium” brand pet food
  • Does not always have puppies available
  • Encourages multiple visits and wants your entire family to meet the puppy


A dog show is a great place to find a good breeder.  You can also check AKC’s website for a registered breeder.

 Once you think you have found your breeder, here are some good questions to ask:

1. Do you require that my puppy be spayed or neutered?  You want them to say yes.

2. What is your worming schedule for your puppies?

3. Do you vaccinate your puppies, and when do you do it?  Ask what they vaccinate for and where they buy their vaccinations.  Note:  Some breeders do not vaccinate for all vaccines listed here and that is ok.Puppies should receive:

  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Lept o
  • Parvo
  • Corona
  • Influenza
  • Bordetella

4. When do you wean your puppies?  We prefer to let nature take its course.  If a breeder has a set time for weaning, we suggest you look elsewhere  five/six weeks normal

5. When does my puppy get to come home?  10-14 weeks best.  If they are letting puppies go to homes earlier than 8 weeks, you should look elsewhere.  Puppies need to be with their littermates at least this long so they can learn important bite inhibition.

6. By this time your prospective breeder will usually have already told you about the bloodlines and pedigrees they use, and what testing to do.  If they don’t you should ask.


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