Find us on Facebook
Longview Kennel Club
Pick A Healthy Puppy
Did you know that a healthy puppy can live 15 years
or more depending on the breed?
Did you know that an unhealthy puppy can cost you many
times the purchase price in veterinary fees?
Here are some questions to ask a breeder about his puppies. A good,
reputable, responsible breeder will be more than happy to answer them.
It is your right, as a purchaser, to ask QUESTIONS and GET
You can print a text version of this
page to take along with you.
1. How old is this puppy?
2. How long have you been breeding this breed of dog?
3. What are some traits of this breed? Are they active? Are
they a good family dog?
4. How old is the mother of this puppy?
5. How many litters has she produced?
6. How many litters do you produce each year?
7. Are you involved in a breed club for this breed?
8. Are you involved in breed rescue for this breed
9. Where do your dogs live? In the house or in a kennel?
10. Can I meet the sire and dam to this puppy?
11. If you don't have the sire, can I contact the owners?
12. Have these puppies been socialized? Have they been handled by
13. Do you have references from your vet, groomer, or people who
have purchased puppies from you?
14. What health guarantee do you offer with this puppy?
15. What health problems are common in this breed?
16. Have the sire and dam been checked and certified free of breed
specific problems? Are they certified free of hip dysplasia?
17. Are the sire and dam registered with a kennel club? With which
18. Have the sire and dam been shown and, if so, do they have titles?
There is more good advice at Timbreblue
1. Puppies need to be with their dams and littermates long
enough to develop good social skills and immunities to diseases. From their
littermates, they learn bite inhibition, acceptable toilet habits and how
to interact with others. Puppies do not begin to develop immunities until
they are about 8-9 weeks old. It does not matter when you VACCINATE, it
matters when the puppy's system is DEVELOPED.
2. The breeder may not have sufficient experience with this
breed to answer breed questions.
3. Some breeds require extreme activites and exercise to keep
them happy and prevent destructive behavior. Some breeds are notorious
for being "one-man-dogs". Some breeds were developed to live with sheep
or cattle and do NOT make good house pets.
4. A female should not be bred before its second "heat", about
one year of age in small dogs. Some breeds (bassets, bulldogs, ridgebacks--for
a few) mature slowly and should not be bred until the females are two years
old. This is a real biggie with basset breeders. Giant breeds such as wolfhounds
and St. Bernards are generally not bred until they are 2-1/2 - 3 years
5. Responsible breeders only breed their females once a year
or twice in three years.
6. A breeder who produces more than two litters per year should
be suspect, even if he has many females.
7. If the breeder is actively interested in improving this
breed, he will belong to at least one breed club.
8. Most responsible breeders are quick to take in rescues and
NEUTER or SPAY them.
9. Most responsible breeders have kennels but their dogs are
parts of the family and live in the house. Puppies especially need to be
with people when they are developing their social skills, from birth to
10. Does the mother look like the breed she is supposed to be? Does
the father? Are they friendly? Healthy? Some females lose some hair during
and shortly after pregancy but should look healthy otherwise.
11. The owner of the sire should be more than happy to hear from
12. Puppies should have been handled by at least 7 people by the
time they are ready to go home (see the "Rules of
Sevens"). The owners count as ONE person, the vet, and 5 strangers.
You don't count as one of the strangers.
13. The veterinarian will be more than happy to write letter of recommendation
if he truly believes this breeder is responsible and the animals are healthy.
Groomers are not necessary with all breeds. Satisfied purchasers will also
supply those letters.
14. If the breeder is sure that puppy is healthy, he should offer
a written guarantee to replace the puppy within a specific amount of time.
Some offer the guarantee for 6 months, some for the expected lifetime of
15. Some breeds have specific problems associated with their physical
attributes. You can check for web sites that are devoted to your breed
or check the GUIDE
TO CONGENITAL AND HERITABLE DISORDERS IN DOGS.
16. There are several certification programs available and if there
is a problem, the parents should be certified to be free of them.
17. There are many clubs with which dogs can be registered. In the
US, the largest is the American Kennel Club (AKC) followed by the United
Kennel Club. If you plan to show your dog in AKC shows, the dog must be
registered with the AKC or one of its recognized sister clubs.
18. Not all champion dogs come from champion parents and not all
champion parents produce champion offspring. If the breeder is a responsible
one, either parents or grandparents will have championship titles. Conformation
shows are held to judge breeding stock. If the parent has competed in shows
and has received no points, find out why not.
There have been
visitors to this page since 05 Jan 2007.
Web Site Hit Counter
This web site and original information
© 2002-2017, Longview Kennel Club