Hi! I'm hoping to get my first dog in a few months and unfortunately after looking into the shelters in the area is seems that they ever have larger dogs and I need a small breed because I'm moving into an apartment. So instead I'm planning on adopting from a breeder. Do you have any advice on how to make sure that I'm going to a good breeder?
Congrats on your new addition! So excited for you!
Okay, so if you’d prefer an adult dog I would keep looking at shelters. You can also look for rehomes on Craigslist or Kijiji, but be aware that people who advertise puppies on these sites are very very likely either BYB or puppy mills.
Talk to people who have your breed! Checking out dog shows! People know people, so talk dogs with your acquaintances.
Some red flags to watch out for:
- Advertising puppies on popular sites (Facebook, Craigslist)
- Always has puppies, has puppies of different ages or breeds
- Advertises puppies as “Perfect Christmas/Easter gifts!”
- Sells puppies on a first-come, first-serve basis
- Doesn’t do anything with their dogs (dog sports, work, etc)
- Doesn’t let you check out where puppies are whelped or check out at least the dam (sire may not be owned by breeder so it is probably legit if he’s not on site)
- Allows puppies to leave dam too early (less than 6 weeks is unacceptable, 8-10 weeks is ideal)
Some things to look out for:
- Do the parents have good ability? (Titles, working ability)
- Do the parents have good health? (Major health concerns vary on the breed)
- What does the breeder do if you can’t keep a puppy? (Do they take them back? Are you supposed to rehome the puppy yourself?)
- Are the puppies introduced to [weird sounds, weird places, strange people, strange animals] before they go home?
- How often does the dam have litters?
- Where have previous puppies ended up? How are they doing?
Good luck anon. Let us know how this turns out, and send in pics of your puppy! -C