How Do I Know If A Dog Breeder Is Reputable? (Solved!)

Finding a good dog breeder may involve being active in your local dog owner community. Word of mouth, speaking to a veterinarian, or asking a friend are great ways to get trustworthy recommendations. If these options are not available to you, the AKC Breeder Referral is a great place to start. 

This article will cover several different ways that you can find a great dog breeder, how to spot the difference, and why it is important to have one.

Do I need a dog breeder?

This is a great question to ask yourself before you start the process of finding a dog breeder. Do you want a specific breed of dog? If so, a dog breeder may be your only option. They provide smaller, harder to find breeds such as Pomeranians, Toy Poodles, Huskies and more depending on your area, as well as any mixtures of breeds like Pomskies (Pomeranian, Husky mix), and Puggles ( Pug and Beagle mix).

If you are open to several breeds, visiting your local shelter may be a better option. Shelters normally have many options in different breeds, ages and weight. Finding a good shelter is as simple as one internet search away. So, if you are not too picky about the specific type of dog that you are interested in, consider choosing the easier route of adopting. Finding a breeder is only necessary if you are set on one breed and one breed only.

Why do I need a good dog breeder?

Finding a good dog breeder is important in your journey of becoming a dog parent. Dogs are often bred in cruel ways and kept in unsafe environments. This is due to the high demand of certain dog breeds and the need to supply those demands. These conditions are proven to be very unsafe for dogs, leading to diseases, infections and even wrongful deaths in dogs.

The difference between a good breeder and a careless one could drastically change the life of your furry friend, as well as your relationship with them. It could also limit the amount of stress and financial burden you may experience when purchasing a dog. Taking the necessary steps in the beginning to find a safe, reliable option is a great start to having a happy, healthy and lively dog.

How do I find a good breeder?

You can find a good breeder by talking to experienced individuals in your local area.

  • If you have a friend with a dog that you would like to own, ask them about where they got them from. Did they adopt? Was the puppy given as a gift? These are important things to ask when inquiring.
  • Contact your local veterinarian office and see if they have any references for you. Many trustworthy breeders have relationships with veterinarians due to managing so many puppies. This is a quick and easy way to find one that is great for you.
  • Look online for a local breeder referral on This is a great resource full of breeders, what litter they may have, and how long their waiting list may be. It never hurts to take a look.
  • Be open and honest about wanting to find a new dog, word of mouth is a great way to find a dog breeder.

How do I know when I have found a good breeder? 

There are several ways to identify a safe breeder. Some methods may come more naturally than others, especially those who have never owned or taken care of a dog before. Here are a few things to pay attention to when looking for one:

  1. Breeders should be knowledgeable about their litter. A good breeder can answer any questions you may have about the dogs they have, the process of breeding and any details about the specific dog you are interested in.
  2.  Allows you to visit and spend time picking out a dog that is perfect for you. This can be a little different for breeders that may be a few hours away from you and will communicate mostly through phone and text. Any breeder that does not allow you to see the dogs you are interested in, probably is not a good option for you.
  3.  May require you to prove that you can care for the dog. Any breeder that cares about their pups may make you complete a few more steps to prove you’re a responsible owner.
  4. Will take care of any shots, vaccines and neutering that the dogs may need, including the insertion of a microchip upon your request.
  5. Provides the proper documentation and registration papers, as well as a written contract in your name once you purchase or adopt your puppy.
  6. May have a waiting list for pups instead of a high number of pups waiting to be purchased. Managing several dogs at once can get overwhelming. Any breeder that truly cares about their pups’ health and quality of life will have a specific amount of time set in between litters.
  7. Provides references from past customers who have worked with them before.

Should I visit the breeder beforehand?

If you are able to, it is always a good idea to visit the area where the puppies are born and raised. A responsible breeder will have a clean, stable, well-managed space for their dogs and will be happy to give you a tour if asked. Use this time to ask any additional questions that you may not have gotten a chance to ask when speaking to them previously. Distrust any breeder that wont allow you to visit their premises, as the living conditions of their dogs may very well be poor.


Looking for a new puppy? Having trouble finding a trustworthy dog breeder? Well, we have provided all of the information and resources for you! Everything that you will need on your journey of finding your next furry friend is here in this article.