I do not show my puppies until they are 8 weeks of age. They are weaned, so the Dam does not have any problem. But sometimes 6 weeks or older is ok also..
1. Do you have the parents to the puppies and can I see them ?
Some times the breeder my not own the Sire, But they should have a picture of him. Many breeders breed to dogs that are in other states by chilled semin or frozen..
2. Can I see your Kennel ?
3. Can I see your puppy room ? This may not be avaiable to see if they have a new litter, because new moms may become upset.
4. How many litters has the dam had ? And how old is she now ?
I stop breeding my girls by 5 years of age or before. If they say she is 8 years or older beware ! This again can vary to different breeds. But not by much !
5. Do they participate in any dog related events ? Do they belong to any breed clubs ?
If they do not thats fine, or maybe thay had at one time. But when they belong to Breed Clubs, they can help you with resolving a problem.
6. Has there been any health screening performed on the parents or the puppies ?
If so they will have a certificate with the results.
1. Make sure there is a contract which states what your rights are as well as the Breeder, and all fees and the info of the Sire and the Dam is given.
2. Deposits on a unborn litter is not a good idea. People that take a deposit on a unborn litter must need the money!
3. The deposit fee should be about 20% of the purchase fee..(little more or less)
4. If the puppy is found to be unsound before you pick it up, you should have the choice of a refund or another puppy. Do not settle for a puppy in the future who knows when that maybe. And you can always put another deposit down.
1. Most states do not offer any protection for the Buyer. Before you buy, check out your state laws.
2. Make sure that your Breeder gives you a writen contract on their warranty, do not just take thier word for it.
3. Breeders that say, when you take your puppy to the Veterinarian and there is a health problem and the puppy needs to be returned ( yes there needs to be a statement from the Vet not just a bill and the breeder should be allowed a second opinion) If they don't offer you a refund just a replacement puppy when avaiable. Thats not right! Why should they keep your money and make you wait!
They should offer you a choice of your money back or a replacement puppy.
4. Contracts that only give you a very short period of time for coverage ( like just enought time to get the puppy to the Vet ) is not good. A Breeder should stand behind their puppy for more time than that. Some Times a Vet may miss some thing or it may show up a littler later.
Its hard to say what's a fair amount of time to cover a puppy. ( My contract is for one year)
1. No puppy should be sold before 8 weeks of age, thats the Law.
2. A good Breeder should hold onto their puppies until 10 weeks. And some toy breeds maybe longer.
3. The Breeder should have your AKC registration paper for you when the puppy is picked up. The American Kennel Club is very fast in getting the puppy papers back to the Breeder. If they do not have the registration paper they need to give you the name and numbers of the parents. You can confirm this with AKC if papers are in process or if the parents are valided. I would do that before picking up the puppy.
4. The Breeder should have a record of what shots and any other treatment that the puppy has had. It can be from a Vererinarian or the Breeder them selves. ( Many Breeders do their own vacations ) You should also be supplied with food that the puppy is on.