Questions to ask a dog breeder

If you are looking to buy a purebred dog, you will need to find yourself a good dog breeder to ensure that you buy a healthy puppy, pay a fair price and are not supporting a disreputable dog breeder by purchasing an animal from them.

Often, you may see advertisements in local newspapers or shop windows, or even on the internet, but you want to ensure that the dog breeder is professional and knowledgeable before you buy. Your dog breeder may be able to provide you with references from other dog owners who have purchased from them, but it would be even better to get a recommendation from someone that you know who has had a good experience with a particular dog breeder.

When you meet the dog breeder, make sure that you go armed with lots of questions. A good dog breeder should be more than prepared to answer your questions and should also ask you lots of questions too – if they are a responsible dog breeder, as they will want to know that the puppies are going to a good home that can look after them properly. They should ask you whether you have a garden or any children, or have owned a dog before. If they do not ask these questions then they may be the kind of breeder who is just looking to make as much money as possible from the litter, and you might want to ask yourself if this is the kind of person that you wish to do business with.