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  • April Schrader, CPDT-KA

Finding Your Perfect Pup: How to Choose the Right Breeder

Bringing a new puppy into your home can be an exciting and life-changing experience. However, choosing the right breeder is a crucial first step in ensuring your new furry friend is healthy, happy, and well-socialized. With so many breeders out there, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. In this blog, we'll discuss some key factors to consider when choosing a breeder.

Do your research: Before you start looking for a breeder, it's important to research the breed you're interested in. This will help you understand the breed's temperament, activity level, and any potential health issues. Once you have a good understanding of the breed, start researching breeders in your area. Look for breeders who are registered with reputable organizations, such as the American Kennel Club (AKC).

Visit the breeder: Once you've identified a few potential breeders, schedule a visit. This will give you an opportunity to see the breeder's facilities and meet their dogs. Pay attention to the cleanliness of the facilities and the temperament of the dogs. Are the dogs well-socialized and friendly? Are they living in clean and comfortable conditions? A good breeder will be happy to show you around and answer any questions you have.

Ask about health testing: A reputable breeder will conduct health tests on their breeding dogs to ensure they're free from any genetic health issues. Ask the breeder about the health testing they do and ask to see the results. This will give you peace of mind that your new puppy is less likely to develop any health issues down the road.

Inquire about socialization: Socialization is crucial for puppies to grow into well-adjusted adult dogs. A good breeder will ensure their puppies are exposed to a variety of experiences, people, and other animals from a young age. Ask the breeder about their socialization program and how they expose their puppies to different experiences.

Ask for references: A good breeder will be happy to provide references from previous puppy buyers. Reach out to these references and ask about their experience with the breeder. Did they receive a healthy and well-socialized puppy? Was the breeder responsive and helpful throughout the process?

Consider the breeder's contract and policies: A good breeder will have a clear contract that outlines their policies on things like health guarantees, spaying/neutering, and returns. Make sure you read and understand the contract before committing to a puppy. It's also a good idea to ask about the breeder's policies on taking back puppies if you're no longer able to care for them.

In conclusion, choosing a breeder is a crucial step in finding the perfect puppy for your family. By doing your research, visiting the breeder, asking about health testing and socialization, checking references, and considering the breeder's contract and policies, you'll be well on your way to finding a healthy and happy new companion.

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