How to Find the Perfect Puppy: 10 Ways to Find the Perfect Breeder
If you’re looking for a new dog, you can find great dogs all over the country, but if you want a great dog, you have to find the perfect breeder. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: There’s no substitute for having your puppy from a reputable breeder. Having a dog from a reputable breeder gives you the greatest chance for a great dog. The goal of finding the perfect puppy is to find the best dog possible. Here are 10 tips to help you find the best breeder.
Not all breeders are created equal
Not every breeders are created equal. There are some that are much better than others. Read about some of the top rated breeders in your area to make sure you’re dealing with a reputable breeder. There are online forums that can help you get a feel for a breeder, but not every breeder can be found on those forums. You’ll have to do your homework and see how the breeder’s reputation stacks up. If you don’t know the breed and you have no idea what your looking for, you need to be very picky about where you go to get a dog. When I searched for a breed I hadn’t really thought about, I came across some that I wasn’t familiar with. The breed was listed in the breed registry at the American Kennel Club (AKC), but it was also listed at a website that wasn’t associated with the AKC.
Know the breed
Ask yourself a few questions about the breed you’re interested in. There are many great breeder websites that have information for you. Ask your friends, do you know the history of your breed? If you’re interested in German Shepherds, ask someone who has one. There are no gimmicks here. Make sure the breeder is a member of the American Kennel Club Make sure you have a breeder who is a member of the AKC. This is the oldest and largest dog breed club in the world. Make sure your breeder is a member. Know about the breeder’s facility If you’re going to be able to visit the facility, make sure you do. Check the facility out and see if the dogs are being kept healthy and properly cared for. This is a responsibility you don’t want to ignore.
Beware of puppy mills
One of the things I’m most passionate about is fighting against puppy mills. A puppy mill is a commercial operation where the puppies are bred in very unhealthy, overcrowded, filthy environments, and have a very short life expectancy. They’re in such poor health that they have to be fed a special formula just to stay alive. The puppies rarely, if ever, experience basic human interaction and they’re bred purely for profit. These are not dogs in whom a good parent exists. The shelters are full of many puppy mill survivors, but many of them have a few warning signs. They’re in poor shape, they’re prone to ear infections, they have skin conditions, and they seem skittish. They also often have very limited social skills and very short attention spans.
Talk to the breeder
When you are making your decision to find the best dog possible, you need to talk to the person you’re going to be getting your dog from. Don’t make this decision without talking to the breeder. It may be impossible to find the perfect breeder with just an internet search, but if you work with someone who truly cares about dogs, you will have a more positive experience. Talk about their reputation Talk to other dog owners who have purchased from the breeder and ask them what they like about the breeder. Do they recommend the breeder? Is the breeder responsive and helpful to their customers? Talk about your finances If you have questions about the cost of the dog, ask about the cost of the dog. If you have doubts about the cost of the dog, ask.
Be willing to compromise
Look, we all want to find the perfect puppy for our family, but that puppy is going to grow up, and your puppy is going to grow up. They’re going to be big dogs when they grow up. The price for a puppy won’t be cheap, and you’ll want to start saving right away. So look at all of your options and find the best combination of the puppy you want and the price you can afford. In addition to that, you’re also going to want to factor in the time and energy required to raise the puppy. That’s not something you can really take into account with a puppy you find on the internet. A puppy you find on the internet might not require as much time and energy as one you find at a well-respected breeder.
Ask for references
When I was shopping for my husband, I asked all of our vet offices and local pet store employees for references on different breeds, so I could find the perfect dog. Ask for them so you can find a breeder that has the dog you want for the right price, and the best chance for a healthy puppy. Know that most puppy mills are not reputable and will never be. Here’s the deal: Puppy mills are places where there are no veterinary checks, no guarantees for obedience, no dog training, and no walks, all for profit. These aren’t reputable businesses, and while it’s sometimes tough to get a good breeder, that is definitely the best option. The problem is that you have to find the right breed.
Ask the right questions
What is the money going towards? A good breeder is going to be able to give you details about what you’re getting into. Ask how many litters they’ve had and what their success rate is. Find out about the health history of the dogs and any diseases the dogs have had. When will the puppies be ready to go? Some dogs won’t be ready for a year or two, while others will be ready in a few weeks. How will the puppies be socialized and if they’re spayed/neutered. What is the cost? Even if you find a great dog, you might want to look for a deal. What breed of dog are they breeding for? The ideal is to find a puppy of your breed. Do they offer any special programs?
Get references from other potential puppy buyers
Here’s one thing a breeder can do to improve the odds of selling you a great dog: get references from people who have purchased puppies from them. Don’t believe me? Ask your friends. Check it out on Kijiji. Just get references, and don’t rely on one person or one store. Get references from people you know and trust You should be able to ask your friends for references from the people they purchased their dogs from, and the people they trust. I have friends who have had dogs from the same breeder for years. While some people get their dogs from the best shelters, and some people get their dogs from the most reputable rescues, the thing they all have in common is that they have great experiences buying dogs from trusted breeders. Do some research All reputable breeders have web sites.
Don’t forget to ask a lot of questions
Before you decide on a dog breed, find out a lot of information from different breeders. Before you even go to a dog show to pick a dog, you need to understand a lot about what kind of dog you’re buying. For example, if you buy a German Shepherd, you need to know what kind of training that they need. The same is true for every breed. If you’re looking for a Labrador, you need to understand a lot about what the breed standards are, how they are trained, and what kind of traits that you’ll be able to expect. When you talk to a reputable breeder, ask a lot of questions and make sure you understand what you’re buying. Don’t just ask a few general questions like, “What are the puppies like?” or “How old are the puppies?
Be prepared to compromise
Most good breeders will want to make an agreement with you as to how your puppy will be raised and, most importantly, how he will be raised. Every breeder wants to know that you understand and agree with what they do. Even if you’re the perfect dog person who wants the smartest, most trained puppy in the world, they’ll want to know that you’ll take good care of him and get him up to a normal breeding age, which is 6 to 8 months. If you don’t, the breeder will not be happy. If you want a purebred, you have to do some homework. A lot of breeders of mixed-breeds are in it just for the money. They want to sell a puppy in the first year. If you’re going to do a rescue, make sure that they will do the same for you.