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Buying Your Dog From a Responsible Breeder

Responsible breeders….

  • Ask prospective owners lots of questions, and happily answer questions
  • Want to match the right dog to the right owner
  • Make a lifetime commitment to dogs they sell
  • Give their dogs high quality care and have clean facilities
  • Have dogs that are clean, healthy, and friendly
  • Are knowledgeable about their breed
  • Continue their education with ongoing contact with other dog groups & participation in dog shows & events
  • Show evidence of at least a few years of serious interest and education in their breed - i.e. dog club memberships (the AKC doesn't count!), show ribbons, and Championship and/or performance (obedience, agility, tracking, field, etc.) titles.
  • Screen breeding stock for genetic defects
  • Require spay/neuter of “pet quality” dogs
  • Will take back a dog of their breeding at any time in its lifetime if you cannot keep it
  • Do not sell dogs to pet stores for resale

Irresponsible breeders…

  • Breed only to produce puppies to sell
  • Claim that all of their puppies are "show/breeding quality"
  • Sell puppies that are less than 8 weeks old
  • Claim that their breed has no problems
  • Breed a mother on every season or more than once a year
  • Sell puppies to pet stores or to people they have not met or screened personally