Once you have exhausted all of your research regarding the breed of dog you are likely to adopt the next thing is finding a reputable dog breeder. Please do not visit your local mall to adopt! It’s very difficult to be able to go through the steps needed in selecting your companion from a pet store. They very rarely will have the required information available to you in order to make the correct decision on your cherished pet.
One the most effective ways to locate a breeder involves a little research. Having narrowed down the breed, now turn to the breed club. Most, if not totally all, dog breeds have a corresponding club that deals only with the specific breed of dog you’ve chosen to adopt. Examples: German Shepherd Dog Club of America, Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America etc etc. A simple Google search will show up your dog breed clubs. On the clubs website there is a set of reputable breeds which were researched somewhat for quality of breeder. Although this isn’t a complete recommendation, most clubs will post a disclaimer saying they are not responsible for the reputation of the breeder.
Another great place to analyze dog breeders is at a dog show. The AKC (American Kennel Club) will post dates and times of sanctioned shows. You can check the local papers for dog shows, although a more thorough listing is provided online through the American Kennel Club (AKC). At the show speak to people with the breed you’ve selected which have entries into the show. Most people tend to be more than happy to share experiences and understanding of their dog and its breed. You can surely get breeder references here and people associated with showing their dogs are often proud of them and easily available puppies for sale to switch information regarding the breed, showing, breeders and local dog clubs they belong to. These local clubs are another excellent venue for breeder information. You may also most likely get information regarding breeders to keep away from.
When you have a breeder or set of breeders, now it’s time to obtain down to business. Call them, let them know you’re trying to adopt and the method that you came up with their name. Arrange a visit. This is an extremely important part of adopting. You have to look at the breeder’s site if possible. Sometimes it’s not physically possible to do this where case other research should be performed. In your visit you should be worried about the cleanliness of the breeders facilities. Dirty breeders breed dirty dogs. It’s always far better ask a breeder if they’ve both puppy’s parents on hand. Although this isn’t always the case, lots of times both sire (dad) and dame (mother) will soon be at the breeder’s location. The breeder should give a well kept, clean and healthy environment for both puppies and parents. Ask to see the dogs AKC registration and write down the registration numbers so you can check with the AKC to ensure they are fully registered. The breeder should provide the puppy its first shots.
Puppies should not leave their mother before six weeks. At six weeks all puppies have to be checked by a veterinarian for overall health, a stool sample for worms and parasites and the first of its shots for distemper, parvo virus, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvo carona. This is usually one shot for every one of the vaccinations. Additionally, at the puppies first vet visit they should be checked for fleas, ticks and heartworms and added to necessary preventative medicines.