Ask your vet, visit dog shows, or contact local breed clubs to get recommendations on good local dog breeders.
The American Kennel Club also offers breeder referrals for all the recognized breeds.
And of course, if you know anyone with a fabulous dog, ask where she got the pup.
How do you know if a breeder is reputable?
You can also find out if a breeder is in good standing with the AKC by contacting AKC Customer Service at 919-233-9767 or [email protected] Don’t rely on the phone. Go in person. The best way to get to know a breeder is to meet in person, which might be at their kennel or in their home.
How do I find a good dog breeder in my area?
16 Tips to Find Local Dog Breeders (and how to pick the right one)
- Ask Your Veterinarian.
- Ask Another Dog Owner.
- Contact Local Dog Clubs.
- Visit Local Dog Shows.
- Check Out American Kennel Club.
- Look at Pup Quest Website.
- Search Online for Referrals.
- Keep a List of Questions.
How do you know if its a puppy mill?
Here are some red flags that indicate a puppy mill in action:
- The seller has many different types of purebred dogs, or “designer” hybrid breeds.
- Puppies are being sold at less than six weeks old.
- The seller/breeder is located “in another state” and will ship a puppy without an in-person meeting first.
How do I find a reputable dog breeder on Reddit?
Start with the breed club. Then reach out to the breeders in your area. Call them, ask questions (they should ask you questions too). If any of them will be competing locally soon, go to the event and get a feel for the type of dogs they produce.
Why you shouldn’t buy a dog from a breeder?
Why Some Dog Breeders Should Be Avoided
They pay little or no attention to genetic health issues in both the parents and the puppies. They often charge less money for the puppies than a responsible breeder, but still more money than they should (no one should pay for puppies that were bred carelessly).
How do you tell a good breeder from a bad breeder?
Here are the top 10 biggest warning signs you’re dealing with a bad breeder.
- They are selling the dogs for less than they are worth.
- They don’t make you sign a contract.
- They do not provide you with health and pedigree papers.
- They breed dogs who are too young or, too old or, they breed a female too many times.
How do you know if a breeder is registered?
To find USDA-licensed dog breeders, search the Animal Care Information Systems (ACIS) Search Tool for Animal Welfare Act (AWA). On the Search Tool page select “breeder” as the “customer type,” and then select your state from the pulldown menu under “business address.”
What questions should you ask a dog breeder?
Here is a list of questions to consider asking the breeder:
- Are the puppies’ parents “certified”?
- What are the sizes of the puppy’s parents?
- Ask to meet the dogs parents.
- How have they socialized the pups?
- What vaccines has the puppy had?
- Have the puppies been dewormed?
- Have any of the puppies in the litter been sick?
Are all breeders bad?
Bad Breeding Practices
No breeder is perfect but some breeders push the limits causing extensive health issues for the dogs they are breeding through bad breeding practices. This was a result of years of bad breeding practices so that now many of these animals are in constant pain.
Do the Amish really run puppy mills?
We are trying to shed light on the fact that Amish DO run puppy mills. According to the USDA list of licensees, over 98% of Ohio’s puppy mills are run by the Amish, 97% of Indiana’s are Amish and 63% of Pennsylvania puppy mills also run by Amish.
What problems do puppy mill dogs have?
Puppy mill dog health problems can include:
- Kidney and heart disease.
- Joint disorders, such as hip dysplasia and luxating patellas.
- Endocrine disorders (diabetes, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism)
- Blood disorders such as anemia or von Willebrand (blood doesn’t clot)
Is that doggie in the window a puppy mill?
Many pet store owners advertise their dogs as coming from local small breeders, which is a euphemism for backyard breeders. These are “puppy mill wannabes,” whose dog breeding facilities are not quite as large, but no less inhumane. No reputable breeder ever sells to a pet store.