Finding a Breeder
|There’s no grand secret to locating a good breeder in your area. A veterinarian,trusted friend, local animal organizations,or good old-fashioned word-of-mouth can all be reliable means of finding a breeder who will help you get the dog you want.Once you have identified a breeder,arrange a visit. While looking at the available puppies,you should also closely examine the behavior of the mother. Ask the breeder specific questions about behavioral or health problems the mother may have and,if possible,visit the father of the litter and ask about his background as well. As for the pup’s,examine the area where they spend the majority of their time. If this area appears unsanitary,I strongly advise that you consider terminating the visit and finding another source for your puppy. There may be legitimate reasons for temporarily unsanitary conditions,so I don’t recommend this as a litmus test of a breeder’s fitness; however such conditions can offer a hint of the breeder’s concern about disease and parasite transmission. And in the event you encounter several different breeds of dog OR NUMEROUS LITTERS, be very cautious– you may have stumbled onto a PUPPY MILL, in which case you should leave as quickly as possible.BEWARE THE ROADSIDE PURCHASE
A common trick of backyard breeders is to conduct a “roadside” purchase. When you contact them by phone,they may offer to meet you in a ” convenient” location and make the transaction there. This is usually to keep you from seeing their operation and the living conditions in which their puppies are born and kept—-as well as them having 20 plus dogs with several litters on the ground at once. This is also done to prevent your being able to locate them in the event that problems arise with your puppy. Always make sure you do a lot of research on your breed and breeders before buying a puppy.