How to find a responsible breeder:
- Invest your time and effort into finding a responsible breeder. Your puppy is a lifelong commitment and your time upfront will ensure you are finding the best breeder.
- Get references for a breeder from your veterinarian, local breed clubs, professional dog shows.
- Always visit the breeder’s facility. Visit all areas that their dogs/puppies spend time. Note if it is clean, has ample room, and is in good condition.
- Does it serve the needs of the animals. Do you see an exercise or play area? How are the puppies socialized? How do the parents respond to you?
- Get breeder references from previous clients. Contact them!
- Look for a breeder who has established strong reliable relationships with local veterinarian(s) and is willing to show you individual records of care.
- The breeder will interview you as much as you interview them. If the breeder doesn't offer a contract that describes their role and yours, beware!
Here is more information on how to find a responsible breeder and what to look for.
Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) - Finding a Responsible Dog Breeder
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) - Criteria for Responsible Breeding