Find the right questions to ask breeders.
When you are considering the purchase of a pet from a breeder, talk to more than one breeder, and request license and registration information as well as references. Though many breeders are AKC-registered, please remember that this doesn't necessarily ensure the quality of their breeding practices. Due diligence is vital if you are to find a healthy pet!
Here is a set of questions you will want to ask the provider of your newest family friend:
Breed Specific Questions
Breeder Specific Questions
The majority of breeders will be more than happy to satisfy any inquiries you may have about their breed, including any specific kennel, cattery, or breeding program questions you ask. Take diligent notes and ask for referrals from previous customers, vets, etc. Many breeders who do not provide shipping will be more than happy to provide you with a reference for a breeder closer to your area. Different breeders may offer health guarantees, including proof of genetic testing to ensure the animal you are considering carries no inherited diseases, as well as other helpful practices.
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