Whether you’re planning to buy a new puppy, or have already chosen one, it’s wise to invest the time and effort researching your options. This guide should give you all the information you need to find a reputable breeder who will provide you with a healthy, active pup that will fit in with your lifestyle.
The first thing to do is find a reputable dog breeder who breeds dogs that meet your standards and expectations. Check online for reviews of breeders who are recommended by other owners who have had good experiences with them. For instance, if you want a Labradoodle, do a Google search for “Labradoodle breeders near me” or similar and find out who the local breeders are in your area and read their reviews on the web to find a breeder that suits you best.
Additionally, contact the breeder by phone and arrange to visit the dog’s home environment (where they live with the breeder). You might also be able to meet any dogs that are not available for sale yet as well as other adult dogs of the same breed. Call the breeders and arrange to visit their home and meet the dogs. Besides, take the time to ask questions about the health of previous litters and the breeder will be more likely to give you truthful answers. If your puppy comes from a recent litter there is a chance that her mom has been tested for genetics and passed on any bad genes that may cause health issues in future litters. So, ask about the health of any puppies from other litters, check records kept at the dog’s kennel or ask your veterinarian for information on the breeder’s other dogs.
Increasingly, consider what kind of environment you want for your new pet (city, country or suburb). For instance, if you are looking for an active dog who won’t get bored with a busier environment, you may want to think about a breed that needs constant exercise such as the Border Collie or Jack Russell Terrier so you will have to commute more frequently. More so, check the local laws in your area about the maximum number of dogs and type of dogs allowed in your area. Remember that excessive barking can become an issue if living in an apartment or noise restricted community as some dogs are bred to guard, herding among others.
Finally, if you want to get the best puppy possible but don’t want to be disappointed, then you may want to go through a reputable breeder who will vet the new litter puppies carefully. So, ask if the breeder wants positive feedback or if they have received any negative comments about their dogs from former clients who have had trouble with them and ask for references about other dogs with which they are familiar and have had good experiences with. Also, research breeders that sell litters of puppies on other websites. Find stores that deal with sellers who breed a wide range of breeds as different dog breeds require different types of food and supplies depending on their size and metabolism. The breeder may be a member of a dog club or group that can give you advice on other reputable breeders in your area.