14 Red Flags You Can’t Trust A Dog Breeder
A reputable dog breeder is an expert in the breed they’re selling and cares for their dogs in the same way you will. Here’s how you can tell a real breeder from a wannabe, or even worse, a “puppy mill.”
The breeder can’t provide vet records
A good breeder maintains relationships with one or more local veterinarians. A good breeder should be able to produce accurate and reliable health and vaccination records for their puppies points out the ASPCA. If a breeder doesn’t have vet records on hand for your pup, you should assume there are no records. Or worse, it might be a sign there is something physically wrong with your pup.
The breeder requires you to use a particular veterinarian
Even if your breeder has vet records for your new pup, you should be suspicious if the breeder in any way pushes you to take your new pup to the same veterinarian they’ve been using. A good breeder will have no issue with letting you choose your own veterinarian. A shady breeder might even be working in cahoots with a shady veterinarian to conceal health problems in your new pup.
An absence of documentation
If you’ve made the decision to purchase a dog of a particular breed, you should feel confident that your dog is, in fact, legitimately a member of such breed. So when purchasing a pedigree pup, you should never leave the premises without the appropriate documentation of the dog’s pedigree” warns the AKC. Refusal or even hesitation to present such documentation is a red flag. So too is a promise to “mail them” at a later date. Here’s the scoop on how the AKC decides which dog breeds are legit.
There’s no post-purchase planning
A good breeder wants to know their dog has gone to a good home and will make room for the unfortunate possibility that you’ll realize that you can’t provide that good home to your new pup. A good breeder will, at the very least, advise you of what you should do in the event it doesn’t “work out,” and preferably provide you with written instructions. And while you can’t know this until you walk out the breeder’s door, a reputable breeder will be in touch with you in the first days and weeks to make sure all is well. Ready to name your new pup? Start with these adorable ideas based on your dog’s particular breed.