Yes, puppies should have at least begun their vaccinations before a breeder releases them to you. Puppies can begin their vaccines as early as 6 to 8 weeks and a good breeder will get them started as soon as possible and they should be able to provide you with the paperwork as proof of this.
Today we’re going to answer the most commonly asked questions in regards to purchasing puppies from a breeder and how to avoid ‘puppy mills’ or scam-breeders. Let’s take a look at those questions so that you can get the answers that you need!
Table of Contents
- Can you take a puppy out before vaccinations?
- What should a puppy have before you buy it?
- How do you tell if a puppy is healthy before you buy?
- When should puppies be vaccinated?
- How do you know if a dog breeder is legit?
- Should I put a deposit on a puppy?
- How can you tell if a breeder is a puppy mill?
- How do you tell if a breeder is scamming you?
- Can a breeder stop you from breeding your dog?
- Can I refuse to sell a puppy to someone?
Can you take a puppy out before vaccinations?
You can take your puppy outside but you should be careful. Keep them away from puddles, for instance, which have fallen stagnant and might get them sick if they drink. Keep them away from dogs you don’t know and only take them place where you’ll be alone.
Until your dog has their vaccines, they are quite vulnerable, so use your common sense and keep them isolated until they are protected with vaccines.
What should a puppy have before you buy it?
You want to make sure that the puppy breeder provides you with health papers to show that your dog has had their vaccines and so that you know which vaccines still need to be done and any booster shots your dog might need.
They should also have a pedigree if you are purchasing a purebred and health papers for the sire and the dam of your puppy, so that you know the parents are healthy too and that their ine is not prone to any health issues.
How do you tell if a puppy is healthy before you buy?
Your puppy should be bright-eyed and energetic and their breath should not be stinky. Bad breath can be a sign of dental or other health issues, so this is a big, red flag. Their coat should be clean and quite shiny and your puppy’s nose should be clean and clear of mucus.
Make sure that their ears are clean as well and that the breeder will provide you with both health papers and a health guarantee – any breeder that won’t guarantee their pups is not worth their salt!
When should puppies be vaccinated?
Your puppy should begin vaccinations between 6 and 8 weeks of age and these vaccinations generally continue every 2 to 4 weeks until your puppy reaches 14 weeks of age.
These vaccines cover a wide range of conditions, such as hepatitis, distemper, leptospirosis, and more, so you want to make sure that your dog gets them all so that they’ll be protected and have a chance of living to a ripe, old age.
How do you know if a dog breeder is legit?
One easy way to check is to find out if they are registered with the American Kennel club. If so, then this is quite easy to verify, and you can also do a Google search on them and check with the Better Business Bureau to ensure that there aren’t any complaints.
Finally, pay them a visit. A good breeder won’t mind showing you their setup so that you can see that their dogs are well taken care of and that you aren’t dealing with a puppy mill.
Should I put a deposit on a puppy?
Many breeders will ask you for a deposit to hold a particular puppy and this is quite normal, just be sure that you have checked out the breeder first and make your deposit in the form of a money order, never cash, so that you’ve got a paper trail if anything happens to go south.
Also, make sure that the agreement is very clear before handing over a deposit, so that you know exactly what you are agreeing to by giving a down payment to this breeder.
How can you tell if a breeder is a puppy mill?
Red flags when dealing with a breeder include one that doesn’t ask you any questions or a breeder who doesn’t want you to see the conditions in which they are raising their dogs. A good breeder wants to know that their puppy is going to a good home and they should be transparent about their dog’s living conditions.
If they don’t want you to see where the dogs are being raised, there’s probably a good reason for that and you should find another breeder.
How do you tell if a breeder is scamming you?
There are a few huge red flags that can indicate a breeder is trying to scam you. For instance, one who doesn’t want to deal with you by phone, but only email, is likely not legit.
Watch for prices that are too good to be true and do a Google image search on puppy pictures – shady breeders will often use stock photos and the search can find these. Finally, watch out for someone who wants you to wire the money in advance or asks for weird payments, such as gift cards.
Can a breeder stop you from breeding your dog?
While they can’t technically stop you, there is such a thing as ‘breeding rights’ and these are typically part of the purchase contract if the new owner intends to breed their dog. Breeders go to a lot of trouble to establish particular bloodlines and there is a certain amount of protection that goes with this.
You could still breed the dog, but you probably won’t be able to register the bloodline if you don’t abide by the rules of ‘breeding rights’.
Can I refuse to sell a puppy to someone?
Yes, you can. A breeder can refuse to sell to anyone, even if they simply don’t like that person. Good breeders want to make sure that their puppies go to a good, happy home, and that is why they tend to ask quite a few questions when they are considering selling a pup to someone.
So, if you get a bad vibe, there’s no law that says you have to sell to that person. Simply wait until you find the right person so that you know you are doing the best you can to ensure a good home for your puppy.