Tips for Finding a Reputable Dog Breeder

An ethical breeder will welcome you to view dogs and facility in-person before buying.

Visit Facility  

Ask for veterinary references to confirm the breeder's dogs have regular checkups and proper care.

Vet References

Ensure health and genetic testing is done on parent dogs to screen for breed-specific conditions.

Health Testing  

Responsible breeders limit breeding frequency and keep dogs in home environments, not kennels.

Breeding Frequency 

A good breeder will screen potential buyers with questions about your home, lifestyle and ability to care for a dog.

Interview Process

Select a breeder who offers guidance and take-back guarantees if you can no longer care for the dog.

Lifetime Support

Verify the breeder has proper state licenses, training credentials and association memberships.


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