If you are looking to bring home a new puppy from a breeder, rather than obtaining a pet dog from a rescue centre, then you must ensure that you buy your puppy from a responsible and reputable dog breeder. How a puppy is treated in its early life can have an effect on the puppy’s behaviour as the puppy grows into an adult dog.
As you are bringing your puppy into a family home, it may be wise to obtain a puppy from a dog breeder who breeds the puppies within a family home themselves. Make sure that you visit the dog breeder before making your decision, and see the puppies with their mother so you can observe the puppy’s temperament around people and other dogs.
Most importantly, you must observe the breeder to ensure that they put the appropriate amount of care and effort into raising healthy puppies. A good breeder should ensure that they take the time to raise the litter and take the appropriate health care precautions. A good breeder should not breed to order, or breed too often, so you may have to be prepared to wait for a puppy from a good breeder.
Finding a good dog breeder can take a lot of effort, but it is worth it. Going to dog shows and talking to other dog owners can help you pick up tips on reputable breeders – those who are a very knowledgeable about their breeding, socialise their puppies well and, most importantly of all, care about what will happen to the puppies that they breed.