Adding a new furry friend to the family is both exciting and challenging. As you browse through websites deciding on the breed you want, it can become overwhelming to decide on which dog breeder is right for you. Many people may recommend that you “adopt instead of shop” but what if you are looking for a specific breed? Purchasing a dog is completely safe as long as you are dealing with a breeder you can trust.
It may not always be clear if a dog breeder is trustworthy, so here are a few tips to help evaluate their legitimacy:
They only breed one kind of dog. Breeders who have a wide variety of breeds available cannot be trusted to fully understand each breed. A breeder who specializes in one kind of dog is usually an expert dedicated to the knowledge of their specific breed.
They allow you to visit their home/kennel. If a breeder wants to meet at a different location or does not allow you to see the conditions in which your potential dog is living, chances are they are not engaging in ethical breeding practices.
They know your puppy’s genetic background– A good dog breeder will have all the information you need to know about your new puppy. Be sure to ask questions about your puppy’s parents and grandparents and take note of how knowledgeable your breeder is. Check our Quality Breeder page for more information.
They require you to sign a contract– A responsible dog breeder will require anyone buying a dog from them to sign a contract stating that you will follow the care rules outlined for your dog. Be sure to carefully read the contract.
With these tips in mind, you can ensure that you are not scammed by puppy mills, or “backyard breeders”. For more information on reputable breeders, and questions to ask your breeder, click here.
Scarlet’s Fancy Poodles is dedicated to raising happy and healthy poodles, miniature poodles, toy poodles, and teacup poodles. As a licensed breeder with nearly 60 years of experience, you can be sure the poodles raised by Linda DeBlauw are properly cared for using ethical breeding practices. If you are interested in adopting a poodle, check out the available puppies here!