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.
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 or frozen semin.
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. Does the Breeder belong to any breed clubs or participate in any dog events ? If they belong to a breed club, the club may be able to help to resolve a problem.
6. Has any health screening been performed on the parents or the puppies ? If so they should have a certificate of the results.
Deposits on a puppy!
1. Make sure there is a contract states what your rights are as well as the breeder, and all fees and the info of the Sire and the Dam.
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, if one is avaiable.
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 thier warranty, do not just take their 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 ). The breeder should stand behind their puppy for more that that. Sometimes a Vet may miss something or the problem may show up a little later.
Its hard to say what's a fair amount of time to cover a puppy.
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.