Locating reputable dog breeders for your chosen breed is vital if you want your dog ownership experience to be a happy one. Your responsibility when searching for the right puppy is to put in the time and research, to properly sort dog breeders of integrity from the back yard breeders and puppy mills.
Lets start by trying to find a dog breeder that is is dedicated to improving the quality of their breed, has a genuine passion for the breed and cares for the well being of their dogs.
A good breeder will have spent years owning and studying their chosen breed, they should have an encyclopedic knowledge of everything to do with it and be able and willing to answer any questions you have.
There are hundreds of breed groups out on the web and most breed fanciers will be only too happy to offer advice about finding good breeders. The AKC breeder referrals page may be a good place to start. Make sure you get references or testimonials from any breeder you approach and most of the dog breed pages on this site will have a direct link to each of their respective breed clubs.
Reputable breeders won’t raise puppies until they have several advance reservations and will be as keen about vetting you as a suitable buyer, as you will about ensuring their integrity. Be prepared to answer numerous questions about your lifestyle, routines, social life and habits to the point it may be bordering on nosiness! This is a very good sign as it shows they care about their puppies and want to ensure they go to a loving home.
Alarm bells should ring if a breeder asks you few if any questions. Find another!
Here are some simple golden rules to follow if you are choosing a puppy from a dog breeder
You are choosing the breeder as much as you are choosing a puppy. Any breeder worth their salt will be knowledgeable and willing to answer your questions about the breed honestly, including informing you of a breed’s drawbacks or problems, don't trust any breeder who says their breeds have no problems or faults.
Knowing how to find a reputable breeder will really pay off in the long term. Put in the time and research now to save heartbreak and expensive vet bills further down the line.