Zorro has been a wonderful, cuddly, fluffy, happy addition to our family. He is a sheepadoodle puppy that we got through a wonderful, responsible breeder. You can read more about Zorro HERE! We did go to a breeder to find a puppy for a few specific reasons and I wanted to share my top 5 tips we learned about finding a responsible breeder.
When the hubs and I decided we wanted to get a dog, we knew we had a lot of research ahead of us. Here are 5 things we learned about how to find a responsible breeder:
1 – Do your research
We contacted no less than 20 breeders that breed dogs we were interested in. We waited to see what type of response we would receive, we looked on various review websites related to puppies and also checked out the website/testimonials of each of the breeders we contacted. It was quite clear pretty quickly which of the breeders were legitimate and which were just in for a quick sell…maybe a puppy mill. Unfortunately, we live quite close to a large amount of puppy mills so we wanted to be sure we were going to get a healthy pupp
2 – Expect questions
A good breeder should care about the home that their puppies are going into. You should expect the breeder to ask about your schedules, what type of family/home the puppy will be joining and other pets. If your breeder doesn’t ask any questions or doesn’t seem to care about you or your family, you should probably walk away.
3 – Visit the breeder
After we found a breeder we thought was a good fit for what we were looking for, we called and spoke with her extensively to understand her process, how she selects her families and how she breeds/raises her dogs. We also traveled over 4 hours to her home to meet her and asked her a ton of questions about how to raise a puppy. We were really just there to scope her out and make sure she was legitimate. We also got to meet the litter of puppies that Zorro was born into and we actually got to pick out our puppy!!! They were so young so it was hard to pick 1 over the other because they were all adorable, but Zorro was born with a little black dot at the top of his forehead and we loved that.
4 – Good relationship with vets
A good breeder should have a strong relationship with a vet and should have very clear records of her puppies and even her adult dogs. Don’t hesitate to ask to see this information and also ask about the health of her puppies.
5 – Testimonials
It always helps to ask for the contact information of other people that have purchased puppies from the breeder. Call them and ask questions. Even better, go on the facebook page for other people who may have posted on her page about purchasing a puppy and contact them directly. This may give you the most honest review and information about the breeder.
If you do decide to bring home a cute fluff ball, or cutie into your home, please share pictures! It is such a wonderful experience and I am so happy Zorro has joined our lives! Now for my shameless posting of zorro pictures 🙂