Find a Reputable Breeder

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