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What to Ask the Breeder Before Adopting


Who can resist the cuteness and charm of an adorable little puppy? Well, not many of us can – as is evident by the whopping 70% of U.S. households that have at least one furry member in their family. Adopting a dog can be one of the most exciting and memorable days of your life, and while it may be really difficult to say no to bringing those puppy eyes home, there are many steps you should take to make sure you find the perfect dog for you and your family.

While it is always a good thing to first search your local shelter website to see if the perfect dog for you is just waiting to be adopted, if you really have your heart set on that Labradoodle, Bernedoodle or Sheepadoodle, there is quite a bit of diligence you need to do before bringing that new puppy home.

Finding the right breeder can be just as daunting as finding that perfect pooch, but knowing exactly what to ask can really help to guide you through the process on your journey to find your forever friend. Knowing the important questions to ask can steer you away from bad breeders and help ensure that puppy you purchase will make the perfect healthy and happy addition to your home.

One of the most important questions you will want to ask from the beginning is when you will be able to take your puppy home. Any breeder that is willing to sell their pup before they are fully ready (8-12 weeks of age) may not be reputable. It is also important to ask your prospective breeder what vaccines your pup will be administered prior to you bringing him home. This is a great way of validating that your breeder has taken your future fur baby to the vet for a full physical and health assessment before you make that financial investment and bring your puppy home.

Speaking of your dog’s health, it is important to question upfront what your breeder’s health guarantee policy is. Not all puppies are born healthy, and it is crucial to understand what responsibility the breeder will take if an underlying health condition is discovered. You will also want to ask if your breeder has a “take back” clause or policy, requiring you to return the dog to the breeder if you find you are unable to care for it long term. Ask your potential breeder if you are welcome to visit their facility. If you have the opportunity, checking out the breeder facilities, and even meeting mom, can be a great way to evaluate your breeder and the care he gives his facility, as well as see how mom’s temperament fits in with your family. A breeder who is adamant about keeping both his facility and breeding dogs out of his client’s eyes may not be the most trustworthy.

Finding the perfect puppy from a reputable and responsible breeder with a good bloodline can usually run you a pretty penny – but don’t be tempted by newspaper ads or Craigslist postings offering pups for much less. Backyard breeders and puppy mill establishments may lure you with “purebred” puppies that are dirt cheap, but you get what you pay for. If your breeder can answer these questions confidently and is charging the market price for your pup, you may just have found the right breeder for you.

Finally, leaning on your breeder to set you up to take the best care of your dog shouldn’t end the day your puppy is finally home. A good, reputable breeder will always be available to answer any questions, provide any guidance, and be readily available to respond to your needs long after those puppy teeth have finally fallen out.


  • Posted on July 13, 2019

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