How to Find a Responsible Dog Breeder
Invest time and effort into finding a responsible dog breeder. Your puppy is a long-term commitment and the time devoted to finding the best breeder will help ensure that you can bring a healthy, well-adjusted pet into your family.
- Get references for a breeder from your veterinarian, local breed clubs, and professional dog shows.
- Always visit the breeder’s facility. Visit all areas that their dogs/puppies spend time. Note if it is clean, has ample room, and is in good condition.
- Does it serve the needs of the animals? Do you see an exercise or play area? How are the puppies socialized? How do the puppies’ parents respond to you?
- Ask the breeder for references from previous clients. Contact them!
- Look for a breeder who has established strong reliable relationships with local veterinarian(s) and is willing to show you individual records of care.
- The breeder will interview you as much as you interview them. If the breeder doesn’t offer a contract that describes their role and yours, beware!
If you visit a breeder, and he or she does not display the signs of a responsible breeder, contact Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare here. We can request an inspection of the breeder’s facility from the State of Colorado. If you aren’t sure you can recognize a puppy mill, find more information about puppy mills here.