If you have searched through shelters and not found the dog for you, you may have decided to purchase a purebred dog. However, you want to find a breeder who cares about you and your puppy. You may search for specific breeder types, such as show line German Shepherd breeders, but be sure to do your research on each breeder you find.
A responsible breeder is not a puppy mill, cranking out puppies like a factory. You want a breeder who cares for the dogs and gives them time to rest between litters. In addition, you want dog parents who are part of the family. They should be energetic and friendly with anyone who visits the breeder’s home. The home should be clean and orderly.
Because responsible breeders care for their dogs as family members, they may not have puppies ready for you when you are ready to purchase them. Therefore, these breeders may offer to place you on a waiting list for the next litter. They should also be able to tell you when a litter is expected.
Top breeders are selective in their clientele. They will not sell a puppy to anyone who asks or walks up. They will interview you while you are interviewing them. Because they have the best interests of their dogs in mind, they want to ensure their puppies go to good homes. Don’t be surprised if you are asked probing questions about your home, life and past pet ownership.
Reputable breeders may focus on one or two dog breeds, and they should be able to share extensive information about the breed. You can ask about their physical characteristics, temperament, health issues and any special considerations they have.
Because they want what’s best for their dogs, these breeders may offer you support and state that you can call with any questions throughout the dog’s life.
If you are searching for a dog with a pedigree, make sure you find a breeder who places you and your dog’s happiness and best interests above profits.