How Do I Choose a Breeder? (Solved & Explained!)

When selecting a local breeder, look for someone who is registered with the American Kennel club, local, and who will allow you to visit to see how their dogs are kept and also how many they have. You also want someone who will guarantee the health of their dogs and has paperwork for the parents and the puppy.

In this article, we’ll answer the most popular questions of the subject on finding a reputable breeder and avoiding puppy scams. Let’s take a look at the answers that you need to find the right breeder for you!

How do you know who is a good breeder?

A good breeder will invite you over to meet and to see their facilities. You should be able to meet the sire and dam of the puppy and there shouldn’t be a lot of different breeds available – good breeders focus on a smaller number of dogs so that they can ensure the animals are well taken care of.

Good breeders will also have lots of questions for you and should be able to show you that they are registered with the American Kennel Club and/or other reputable establishments for breeders, so that you may verify this on your own.

How do I find a good breeder in my area?

The best way is actually just to ask local veterinarians. They know many of the local breeders, who will be bringing in dogs and puppies for regular check-ups and this is a great way to find out firsthand which breeders are taking care of their dogs.

Find some vets in your local area and call them or pay a visit in person. With a little patience you can get some excellent recommendations and purchase your new puppy with confidence.

What to ask before buying from a breeder?

Before buying from a breeder, there are a few things that you should ask. First off, ask to see the health certificates of the puppy. A good breeder won’t hesitate to share this with you and it’s a big, red flag if they don’t want to.

Also ask what kind of health guarantee they will offer you and if they are registered with the American Kennel club. Finally, ask how many dogs they actually own – too many dogs can be a bad sign that you’ve found a ‘puppy mill’ rather than a reputable breeder.

How do you know if a dog breeder is legit?

There are a few things which you can check to ensure that your breeder is reputable. If they are a member of the American Kennel club, then you can contact the AKC to verify this. You can also check for complaints with the Better Business Bureau and sometimes you can even find reviews on online services such as Yelp.

Just be sure to try all of these and if the breeder ‘passes’ then there is a pretty good chance that they are legitimate.

How do you tell if a breeder is a puppy mill?

There are a few red flags that may indicate that you are dealing with a ‘puppy mill’ breeder. Puppies that don’t seem to be used to human interaction are one sign and also puppies that seem unkempt and poorly taken care of.

Most pet stores are going to fall under ‘puppy mill’ as well, as they tend to purchase their animals from ‘farms’, but check with the individual pet store as some may have a deal with a local breeder. Finally, if there are no health papers, then this is a huge red flag that you may want to deal with someone else.

Is buying from a breeder bad?

Provided that you are dealing with a reputable breeder, it’s actually a very good thing. A good breeder takes care of their animals, socializing them, giving them good food, and taking care of their health with regular vet visits.

As long as you are careful to ensure that you are dealing with a legitimate breeder, then you can expect a well-adjusted puppy in the best of health.

How do you pick up a puppy from a breeder?

You’ll want to arrive with a pet carrier, a soft blanket, and if the trip is going to take awhile, then you may want to bring water and food as well. You want to be as calm and quiet as possible around the new pup as you load them into the carrier, as they will be frightened at first.

If you have children, keep them away from the puppy. There will be plenty of time for bonding when you get home and the little one will be scared during the trip back.

What should a breeder give you?

You should receive some paperwork with your pup and this will include their pedigree, as well as any information and paperwork to show that your puppy has been vaccinated and what follow-ups they may still need.

You should also get health certificates for the mother and father, to help ensure there are no known health issues in your puppy’s family tree. Finally, if the puppy has been chipped, then the breeder should share this information with you.

How do you tell if a breeder is scamming you?

If the price is too good to be true for a purebred, then you should tread carefully – you might just be purchasing a mix. Watch out also for sad stories or breeders who won’t guarantee the puppy’s health. A reputable breeder isn’t going to do that.

Also, anyone who asks you to send the money first and pick up the pup later is probably a scammer and should be avoided.

How do you not get scammed when buying a puppy?

You should visit the breeder so that you may see firsthand how the dogs are kept and how many of them there are. Too many dogs is a sign of a puppy mill and poor living conditions are definitely a sign of someone you don’t want to deal with.

Find out if the breeder is licensed with the American Kennel club and check it out to confirm it – don’t buy the puppy before you do this. Also, if the breeder doesn’t have any questions for you, then this is a sign that they don’t worry about where the puppies go and you should take notice of this fact!