Questions to ask a dog breeder: Essential tips


Me, my sister mum and dad when they were still in 1982

You may have been recently finding yourself stuck with the choice of choosing what puppy to get and where to get them from. Hey, we can even go as far as saying that you may even be asking yourself the question of how do you even buy a puppy?

This was me around a few years back when I was a complete novice to this industry and had no idea of how or what I would do to find a puppy.

Me, my sister mum and dad when they were still in 1982

Questions You may have

I was asking myself all kinds of questions like: would I be a good parent, how do I do this safely, where do I start looking and the list goes on…At to say the least I was the type of person that hated leaving things to pile up, and so I set out to do just that.

Well as you may have already guessed, it wasn’t long before I landed myself in a pile of crap. Not literally but you get the idea. I ended up buying my dog from a terrible breeder, which then put it into so many problems down the line.

Problems I had

It was a complete nightmare, and to top it off, my husband and I almost broke up because of it. But to stay on topic, it’s just something that I highly recommend you learn about first and then you can avoid any pitfalls in future just like I did.

So the aim of this post is to simply teach you everything I have learned over the 2 years so that everything can be smooth sailing for you. At least that way if you do come up against any obstacles, then you will be totally prepared to tackle them. So let’s dig in as there is lots of info I’m going to share with you today.

How to know when you’re ready to buy a puppy

I thought it was probably best to start off right from the beginning as I know that some of you may not even know if you are ready to even purchase a pup. I have set out a few things that may help you narrow down your answers to better understand if this is something for you. So let’s begin.

Below you will find a few bullet-pointed questions that follow with answers in order to help you figure out what you want to do.

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What are the questions you need to be asking yourself?

If you answer a yes to any of the questions then it is a clear idea that you are looking for a companion.

  • Do you have time on your hands that you feel could be better occupied elsewhere?
  • Do you have some extra cash leftover and don’t know what to spend it on?
  • Are the kids constantly asking for a new pet?
  • Have you got a big garden space that could have space for a dog house?
  • Are you sometimes bored and need some more fun in your life?

Blah, blah, blah you get the idea. These questions are maybe not the exact ones that you had in mind. But they have been designed in a way to trigger your thought process to ask yourself the right questions that may be best suited to you.

Digging a little deeper to find your true answer

Once you have answered the questions in your head or on paper, it should help you to get a clearer understanding of whether you would want a pup in the first place. One thing you need to understand and not allow to blind you are a spontaneous idea. A dog is just like taking on a new baby and it requires care, love, and attention. 

If you think it just sounds good but is not something that you truly want, then I suggest you leave the idea alone. Only because it will not only cause problems for you. But it will also be unfair to the pet that you take on as they will experience the tail end of your decision. Tail end…Ironic huh? Haha.

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What are some things I should look at when choosing a puppy?

You really need to do a complete breakdown of your life, your time and your circumstance to better understand if you got space for an addition. To often you will find that parents decide to take on a new pet only to find that they cannot manage them or their living conditions did not cater to having a pet.

It’s important to get this right as you may find yourself stuck in the mud and it won’t be because of your dog dragging you through a field. So the first factor we will look at is time.

TIME: This has to be one of the most overlooked aspects of life. People think that they have time to do everything when its just an idea in their head. But in reality, they have very little of it and it almost seems at present like you never have enough.

Maybe you have children that go to school or your job requires you to stay late. Whatever it is, it’s important that you figure out how much of it you have spare and whether you would dedicate that to another addition.

YOUR LIFE: Although some dogs may look like toys we can never get the 2 mixed up. They are real beings that require care and attention and if you can’t commit to that then it is not the right choice for you. If you have a lot of time and are willing to dedicate that to a pet then the choice is a no-brainer for you to start looking for a new puppy.

LIVING CIRCUMSTANCE: This point is very tricky as you will need to look at your income and location for this topic. If you are a person living in an apartment with a balcony then you may have different options to someone in a 5 bedroom house with a garden and a pool with a garage and goldfish in a pond. Ok ok, I know I’m going overboard but you know what I mean.

For example, I currently live in an apartment with my golden retriever and it has been nothing but a headache to manage her walking and home life all at once in a 3 bedroom apartment.

If you live in an urban environment with loads of intersections then again you may be looking at a different choice in a dog to them in others. My point is simply that if you cannot cater to a big dog in a small house then why would you do it.

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How to choose the right dog for you

Once you have figured out that you will really commit to having a new pet. Then it’s important to select the correct pet for you. A great guideline to follow is to simply ask yourself the question of whether your life can cater to certain dogs breeds. Let me explain this more in detail.

So if we take the previous example and say that you are living inside of a 2 bedroom apartment and your around 28 years old with a kind of casual partner. Then you may be able to consider many breeds as even though you may have a hyperactive dog. You probably go to the gym twice a week and could take your dog for a jog before you do.

If however you are an older person that has just had your first 2 grandchildren and you live n a 3 bedroom apartment in a street that you don’t walk down. Then a small inside dog will be the choice for you. That’s why you find that older people usually have Jack Russell’s and poodles or mini dogs because they don’t need to be walked much.

Its almost just basic common sense but you need to ask yourself logical questions before making any final decisions. So there’s no doubt about it that once you have made the decision on what puppy you want, its now time to start looking on where you can get one. Lucky for you I’ve got that covered in the next section.

Where do you start looking for a dog

There are 2 options that you have when you are first looking for a puppy. 1 is to simply do it the old-fashioned way and adopt a new puppy and the other will be to buy a puppy for sale.

Both are great ways of owning a new pup, but you must first explore your reasons or motive behind making any of these choices. What I mean, is that if you have a large budget and you are just looking for a good reputable breeder then why would you consider adoption.

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Are you really the giving type?

If you are the type to make a lot of donations to charities and want to do something good for another god-given creation then you may want to go down the route of adoption. As I already said, both a great option but important that you make the right choice for you.

This is only because whatever you choose will usually come back tenfold over the course of the following years. If you made a good decision then you will be rewarded with lots of love fun and companionship. If however, you made the wrong decision, then you will feel that you have become stuck in a situation that you want out of.

All of these decisions can be draining which is why I have written this post for you. My intention here is to help you make a better decision that can save you time, money and stress down the line.

Why would you consider adopting a puppy?

Adoption can be a good choice for anyone who is looking to better the situation of the puppy they are trying to help. The breeder should have already done a good job at this so far but its usually a choice to give them a better future.

Another reason could be that you don’t have as much money for a puppy as yet and you would like to explore a cheaper option. Be careful if this is you as you may consider the wrong pup for the wrong reasons.

So a way to avoid this is to simply go and spend some time with the puppy and see if its the right choice for you. This type of decision should be an emotional one after considering your current situation. There is no formula or rule that you should follow.

You should instead just take an ethical approach to this and make sure that you understand the full comment that you need to make after.

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Where and how to find places to adopt a puppy?

If you’re looking for a place to adopt a puppy then its best to check out the most reputable companies first. There are 2 main companies that I wholeheartedly know are genuine and then I suggest you branch out from there afterward.

The 2 main places that I suggest you start looking for adopting a dog is

These are both reputable dog adoption businesses and they will be able to better help you with the correct places of where to legitimately adopt a dog.

They are very helpful too, as they will be willing to answer any questions that you may have beforehand too. But those of you who are looking to buy then you may need to start looking elsewhere.

What if I’m buying a puppy, how do I find a legit breeder?

So the best place to start out for this is always going to be the most reputable places. The reason being is because you can then see what breeders are recommended by these trusted sources which can later help you to avoid the sharks.

And trust me the sharks are constantly on the hunt to find your wallet or purse. So the number 1 stop I recommend you check out first is the AKC official website.

They are the governing body that is responsible for pedigree registration. And on their site, you will find all the legitimately registered dog breeders that have the current locations for a dog that you’re looking for.

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What questions do you need to be asking a dog breeder?

Hands down there are a few important things that need to be covered before you even consider going down to visit a dog. It’s important that a breeder is meeting the current standards in order for you to make a safe transaction for your new companion.

There is a long list of things that you can potentially ask for adopting a dog and buying a dog. Instead of listing it out all out here I have instead included a link to a resource that you can find or each in the following sections.

Questions to ask a dog breeder before adopting

Where better than the AKC to find the correct questions to ask a dog breeder for adoption. I suggest that you print out the checklist and keep it to make it simple to ask later. Click here to be taken to the checklist of questions to ask a dog breeder upon adoption.

But what about if your buying and not adopting. Do you still ask the same questions? The answer to that is pretty much yes But for those who are looking for the exact differences then continue reading to find out.

Questions to ask a dog breeder before buying a puppy

There is a second link that has been included in this section that will specifically give you a 9 tip guide to selecting the correct breeder to buy from. I strongly suggest that you print out both lists as they cover how to select a breeder and then what to ask them when you find one that you think is suitable.

If you missed the first checklist the first time then here it is again:

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What are some tips for a first-time puppy owner?

Look if I had to give any advice on buying a puppy for the first time then I would say that I recommend you are heavily prepared. Just like having a child you can never be completely prepared but as long as you tried it will guide you over the obstacles. Once you have that end covered I think that you should be just fine.

Another great way of preparing is to make sure you have them well trained and yo have all the gear and equipment for the new arrival. Make sure to get hold some good dog training, it will save your life in the future. I recommend brain training for dogs as its a course that has worked for me in the past. You can check my review for more details too.

Conclusion

If you’re considering a new puppy then there are a few things to consider before pulling the trigger. This article should have helped you to get a clearer understanding of that as well as provide you the resources that you need in order to do so. 

If you find that you’re still not sure about what to do. Then simply reach out to me by leaving a comment below or emailing me directly at [email protected] and ill aim to get back to you as soon as possible. If you have any more questions to ask a dog breeder that wasn’t covered here then feel free to share it below too.

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Rachael Summers

Rachael Summers is the Founder and Senior Editor at Retrievers R Us. She is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! She loves iced coffee, hammocks, and puppy-cuddling!

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