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Deciding to get a dog can be one of the best decisions of your life. These animals are a part of the family and they leave a huge imprint on our hearts. Some people prefer to get their pups from a breeder. This could be for a number of reasons, health checks, AKC registry, show dogs, etc.

There is lots of controversy on buying a dog from a breeder rather than adopting from a shelter. Regardless of where you are getting your dog it is important to understand everything you can before getting them. Knowing that you are getting your dog from a responsible breeder can assure you of their future health and temperament.

These are some of the best ways to help you understand what to look for in a breeder.

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Visit the Breeder

This is a great way to know how a breeder treats their dogs and what their environment looks like. Always make a personal visit to the breeder’s facility and ask to see the mother and father of the puppies. They should have one of the parents on site, and it is a big red flag if you are unable to see the parents. This can indicate that they do not have a sanitary kennel, health problems, and overcrowding.

The dogs and the mother could be temperamental, aggressive, or fearful. If you are not allowed to see the mother and/or father, it is a good idea to go elsewhere. If the mother is on site make sure to spend time around her, even though it might be more exciting to visit with the puppies. T

he mother’s temperament is a good indicator on what the puppy’s temperament will be if they are raised correctly. You can also watch how the mother interacts with her puppies.

Make sure to look at how the breeder interacts with the puppies and the mother. Does the breeder show compassion towards the puppies and care where they are being rehomed? Understand that a breeder might not let anyone visit before four weeks.

This is actually a responsible breeding tactic, before the age of four weeks the puppies are more susceptible to illness.

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Cathy D. Evans
Life-long fan of all dogs including Finnegan pictured here. He's a Chinook about a year old with the most wonderful personality. Please enjoy this dog website and its content. “Dogs don’t rationalize. They don’t hold anything against a person. They don’t see the outside of a human but the inside of a human.” —Cesar Millan (dog trainer)

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