10 Questions to Ask a Dog Breeder



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10 Questions to Ask a Dog Breeder
10 Questions to Ask a Dog Breeder

Committing to own a dog is not always easy, and finding the perfect one is even harder.

The normal process of buying a dog is usually through a local shelter; however, if you’re looking to adopt a specific breed, you will more than likely have to deal with a breeder.
Before you even consider researching dog breeders, you will want to make sure that you’re purchasing from someone who is reputable and offers healthy puppies.  If you fail to do your research, you could end up with a pile of expensive vet bills or a dog you didn’t imagine.

To make things easy, here are 10 questions you should ask a dog breeder before making a decision:


1. How big are the parents of the puppy?
This question is the most common. The answer shall give you an idea of how big your puppy will be.  Most breeders will either have the parents on site or a picture.  Study the list closely because it will give you a good idea of how large your puppy may become.


2.  Can I see the parents?
If you can see a picture, that’s fine, but it’s always best to see the parents in person.  Just like any picture, it really doesn’t do any justice.  Seeing the parents in person will allow you to see the dog’s personality, how they interact and what the puppy may become.


3. Are the puppies certified?
A lot may ask, “Well why does that matter?”
It matters because many dogs have genetic diseases, and these diseases are normally inherited and passed on from the parents through DNA. Therefore, this certification will assure you that the puppies are disease-free.


4. What are the guarantees after my adoption?
If the puppy has an illness down the road, what actions will the owner take? Be sure to discuss the “what ifs” with the breeder to see what he or she will cover.  Usually, a reputable breeder will include a 30 to 90-day guarantee that will cover any unnecessary vet bills.


5. What is the puppy currently getting fed?
With this question, a lot of risks can get minimized. All young pups have a very strict diet, and it’s important to know what the dog was being fed so you can continue to feed the puppy the same food.  If the puppy is doing well on its current diet, it’s best to keep buying the same food.


6. Are there any recommendations?
While the dog breeder may seem reputable, see if you can talk with previous pet owners.  Whether it’s a quick phone call or email, you will want to see how their experience went with their adoption.


7. Has the deworming taken place?
All dogs are ideal hosts for worms , unfortunately, and this is why you must always take them to a vet for a routine checkup.  Find out what procedures have been done and what needs to be done in the future.  A good breeder will keep detailed vet records for you to take home.


8. How long have you been in the business?
While it may be okay to adopt from a new breeder, it’s important to ask as many questions as possible if the breeder has been in business for less than a year.  The longer they have been in business, the better usually.  See if they are registered with the state and see how they treat the business.  Is it a hobby?  Do they do this full time?


9.  Discuss the costs
Since you probably already know the costs going in, you may want to talk more about it, especially if the costs are too high or too low.  A low price should raise many red flags and a high cost should be justified.


10. Do you provide a contract?
Business is not business unless official documents are involved. If the breeder can provide that for you, then it should show you his confidence in his or her job.  Don’t just take the breeder’s word and try to get as much as you can in writing.


Stephanie Lynch is from Howmuchisit, a cost-helping database that helps consumers find out what the “unknowns” cost in life.  In her free time, she enjoys her family, hiking and the great outdoors.


10 Questions to Ask a Dog Breeder
10 Questions to Ask a Dog Breeder
10 Questions to Ask a Dog Breeder
10 Questions to Ask a Dog Breeder
10 Questions to Ask a Dog Breeder
10 Questions to Ask a Dog Breeder

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