Finding a reputable breeder is important because you are looking for the healthiest puppy possible. You are also looking for a breeder that will be there for you before and after the sale. A good breeder will have a contract and a health guarantee. A good breeder will want to meet you and check out where the puppy will live. They will know all of their puppies personally, what they like, how they act, and they should be able to pick the right puppy for your family.
A good breeder wants to keep in touch with you after you take the puppy home. They want updates on how it is growing, how it’s doing in school, etc. They want to know if any health problems come up so that they can trace them back to their line and make adjustments in their breeding program.
When looking for a good breeder, word of mouth is best. Ask your veterinarian, friends or people in your local dog park to recommend someone they trust. You can also contact your local breed club or rescue group. Or start with an online search. Look for information about how long the breeder has been in business and how many litters they produce per year.
If you’re not sure what breed you want, visit a local show to talk to breeders and see different breeds in person. After you’ve found a few breeders you like, ask them about their breeding practices and whether they are members of any parent clubs or kennel clubs.
A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed, and genetic problems of the line. They will never tell you that a puppy is free of these problems. There are none and their honesty about this is part of what makes them reputable. If a breeder tells you they don’t believe in health clearances, run away.
If a breeder does not want to discuss the breed’s health issues with you, take your business elsewhere.
A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed, and genetic problems of the line. They will never tell you that a puppy is free of these problems. There are none and their honesty about this is part of what makes them reputable.
When you visit the breeder, ask to see all of the litters they have available or ask them to bring out specific puppies that they think would be a good fit for you. Spend time with each of them (if possible) and see how they interact with one another and with people. Select a puppy based on both its personality and appearance, as long as it meets your expectations for its breed.