I have been getting a lot of questions recently about what to look for when purchasing a puppy. I have put together some questions to ask the breeder. If your breeder can’t answer these questions, then something isn’t right. Just because a puppy cost thousands doesn’t mean it’s a well bred dog. Here are a few questions to ask when picking a breeder:
-can you meet the parents?
-can you see where puppies are being raised?
-how early are the puppies weened?
-do parents have any certifications? Hip/elbow, eye, dna testing, etc.
-when can you take your puppy home? 1 month? 2 months? 3 months? 6 months?
-does the puppy come with a guarantee (most breeders give a 24 month health guarantee)?
-if you can’t keep puppy for any reason will the breeder take their puppy back?
-how many litters do they have a year?
-will the breeder help with any training or recommend a trainer?
-have they been wormed every 2 weeks?
-have they had a round of shots?
-do they come with AKC/UKC registration?
-did a vet check your puppy before leaving the breeder?
These questions can be applied to any breed. If you are paying more than $500 for a puppy, I highly recommend all of these questions be answered. If you need help finding a breeder or are unsure of what to look for send me an email. I would be glad to recommend a great breeder or answer any questions you might have. Instead of supporting a bad breeder think about adopting from your local shelter.