Finding a Breeder
We research the breeders by having them fill out an application, scheduling a phone questionnaire to ask more questions, and requiring photos of enrichment activities. The process is thorough and we seek clarification when needed. We are depending on breeders to answer honestly. We encourage you to also ask questions to the breeder to ensure a good fit.
Look for breeders that perform health tests before breeding, do age appropriate enrichment activities, provide socializing and feed a healthy diet. The complete package for raising healthy balanced puppies!
Take notes during your research and make a list of questions that you can’t find the answers to before contacting the breeder. We have prepared a list of things you may want to ask for when contacting a breeder:
Ask for references from past puppy buyers
Ask for their veterinarian’s information and call their office for a reference check
Ask for photos that support that they do Puppy Culture (link to blog article or affiliate link) (or something equivalent)
Ask if they have a YouTube channel, Facebook or other social media page that you can check out
Ask if you can go and visit
Please note, not all breeders are open to visits.
Do your homework and research the breeders that you find on our website. We are seeking breeders that health test before breeding, do age appropriate enrichment activities, socializing and feeding a healthy diet. The complete package!
Call the breeder or email them and ask for references from past puppy buyers. Ask for their veterinarian and call their office for a reference check. Ask for photos that support that they do Puppy Culture (or something equivalent), and ask if they have a YouTube channel, Facebook or other social media page that you can check out. Ask If you can go and visit. If you can that is great but not all breeders are open to that. Unfortunately, breeders have been harmed and robbed by people posing as puppy buyers.
Refusal for visitors is not necessarily a red flag that there is a problem or that a breeder is a puppy mill. People carry diseases and many breeders want to keep their kennels clean and disease free. If you are asked to wash your hands and wear shoe covers, that is a good thing. Some breeders will have you wash your shoes with a special disinfectant. Be honest at all times and know that breeders are people too. Do not call or bother a breeder more than two or three times unless you are planning to buy from them. Be prepared before you call by making a list of questions. Research the website and social media pages for information and take notes. Many questions can be answered by doing research before calling. Once you have made your decision and have sent a deposit, expect open communication from that point forward. Please understand that breeders are very busy and work 7 days a week all hours of the day, and night. Please respect their privacy and personal life. Breeding is a full-time job. There are no holidays or days off. Dogs and puppies need to eat everyday and they poop and pee everyday and that takes a daily commitment from the breeder.
Visiting a Breeder's Home
If a breeder is open to visits, you will likely be visiting their home. It’s important to respect their property, privacy and belongings. In order to protect the dogs, they may ask you to wash your hands, wash your shoes with a disinfectant, or wear shoe covers.
Things to remember when visiting a breeder’s home:
Do not explore the breeder’s home or property. Ask the breeder where you should meet them on their homestead prior to arrival.
Please ask before petting other dogs or puppies on the property.
Please do not take pictures unless you have obtained permission from the breeder.
Too many people can be overwhelming for the dogs and puppies, tell the breeder how many people you are planning to bring to make sure it is okay.
Be respectful of the breeder’s time and ask how long is an appropriate time to stay.
If you want to come back for another visit, you’ll need to set up another appointment. You must always contact the breeder for permission prior to a visit.
We have done our best to research the breeders, we are depending on breeders to answer honestly. Please do additional research and ask questions. We can not guarantee that they are what they have claimed to be.