1. Get References
Ask the breeder for at least two references from previous clients.
2. Meet in person
Responsible breeders encourage you to visit and see where the puppy was born and raised. Their dogs will not be keept in crowdedspaces or cages.
3. Ask for health records
Responsible breeders will show you individual records of veterinary visits for your puppy and the parents.
4. Get documentation of your puppy’s pedigree
Be wary of a breeder who hesitates to give you papers, or wants to charge you more for AKC papers, or tells you he/she will mail them to you at a later date.
5. Ask questions
Responsible breeders want to see their dogs in happy, loving forever homes and will be happy to share their knowledge.