An ethical breeder will welcome you to view dogs and facility in-person before buying.
Ask for veterinary references to confirm the breeder's dogs have regular checkups and proper care.
Ensure health and genetic testing is done on parent dogs to screen for breed-specific conditions.
Responsible breeders limit breeding frequency and keep dogs in home environments, not kennels.
A good breeder will screen potential buyers with questions about your home, lifestyle and ability to care for a dog.
Select a breeder who offers guidance and take-back guarantees if you can no longer care for the dog.
Verify the breeder has proper state licenses, training credentials and association memberships.