1. Are both parents on site?
This lets you see both parents and see how they behave. This is a good indicator
of how your puppy will act.
2. Are the parents and puppies AKC registered?
If not, RUN!!! AKC has the strictest guidelines of any of the registries.
Most dogs that are not AKC should never have been born because they can be of very poor quality.
3. Are the parents current on all shots and Heartworm
This shows that the parents are well cared for, and that the breeder cares about them.
4. Have all of the proper genetic tests been done
on the parents before breeding?
This shows that the breeder cares about eliminating are any potential serious genetic
defects in the lines.
5. What type of health guarantee does the puppy have?
Reputable breeders have a return or refund policy (IN WRITING) if the
puppy has genetic health issues.
6. What kind of contract must I sign to get the puppy?
If there is no contract, RUN! This shows that the breeder really cares enough to spell out the entire transaction in detail, so that all parties
understand up front. Usually, the puppy purchase contract will also include the health
7. Will the puppy have its first shots and be wormed?
This is a MUST! Puppies retain some protection from their mother, but need
to be provided their own protection regimen, starting at 6 weeks of age. Though we can buy meds and give the shots ourselves, our vet gives ALL our puppy shots.
8. What is the communication with the breeder like ?
If the breeder doesn’t answer your calls within a reasonable time BEFORE you get your puppy, it won’t improve AFTER your puppy arrives. If you have a problem,
you want to know that the breeder will return your call.
9. Does the breeder have a way that you can
see their adults/puppies BEFORE you contact them (such as a website) ??
You should be able to see the quality of the breeder’s dogs before you contact them.
Most people feel more comfortable contacting a breeder if they already know that the
breeder has quality dogs.
10. Does the breeder want to maintain contact with you AFTER
you get your puppy ?
Reputable breeders want to know how your puppy is doing, and should want to know
if there are any problems. We INSIST on continued contact with our adoptive families, so that
we can help with any issues that come up.
11. Do they breed more than one breed of dog
Top-quality, reputable breeders have only one breed, so that
they can focus their breeding to improve their lines. The more breeds they have, the more likely it’s a puppy mill.
12. Does the
breeder ask lots of questions of you and have requirements that YOU must meet ?
A reputable breeder will want to make sure that the puppy they have is a good fit for
your home. Just because you have the money to purchase a puppy does not mean that it is necessarily
a good fit for your family.