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I get asked a lot about how we found Sassy and how we made sure someone wasn’t trying to rip us off. It was actually quite a process to find her and get her since we live in such a rural area.

Today I’m going to share how to find a breeder and 7 ways to know if they are a responsible dog breeder!

#1. Your puppy should come with a vaccination record.

You should receive a record the day of that your puppy has had proper vaccinations. While we didn’t have to ask for this, our breeder just gave them to us, it is a good idea to ask and make sure your puppy has been vaccinated. This is important because you want to protect the puppy from becoming seriously ill.

#2. A reputable breeder will never ask you to take a puppy before 8 weeks.

We encountered someone who was very insistent we take a puppy when he was 6 weeks old and we refused. Puppies are NOT ready to leave their mothers and siblings before 8 weeks and a good breeder will never ask you to take them before that. (In fact, they may actually ask that you wait past the 8 weeks in some cases.)

#3. The breeder should have just as many questions about you and your home that you do about the puppy.

Responsible breeders genuinely care about the puppies they breed and they will want to know that you are a responsible person who is able to give them a happy, healthy life. They want to meet you and will never just make an arrangement via the internet or a pet store.

#4. The breeder should encourage you to contact them.

Sassy’s breeder actually asked that we send her photos and updates periodically so that she knows she’s doing well and can stay updated on her. We are actually now even Facebook friends! A good breeder will want to stay updated on your pup.

#5. You get to see where the puppy is raised and meet the puppy’s mom and dad.

This is when you can see how clean their environment is, that they have plenty of room, and are being given adequate food and water. Sassy’s parents were in their own separate kennels and they were very clean and tidy, with plenty of room to run around. They were well-cared for.

It is very important that you see where your puppy grew up – if someone avoids wanting to invite you into that area, that is a red flag.

#6. A legit breeder will answer any questions you have during and after the adoption with patience.

I asked if Sassy was good with kids and other dogs. I also asked how long they’d been breeding Huskies before we adopted her and if they’d ever had any known health issues.

After we brought our Husky home, I asked many questions about her parents to know more about them. Her breeder was more than happy to answer my questions at any time and be fully transparent.

#7. If the puppy is an actual AKC puppy, you should receive paperwork for the transfer of ownership.

Make sure you get the papers for your dog the same day you pick him or her up. If a dog is actually AKC registered, he or she will come with forms. You’ll be able to see your dog’s parents’ official AKC names and the breeders name, as well. AKC paperwork must be sent in by you, for your puppy, naming him or her, and transferring him to you.

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