What should I look for in a breeder?


Once you have found a breed that is right for you and your family, it is equally important to find a breeder that is right for you.

Now is certainly not the time to take any shortcuts. Your puppy will become a much loved, integral part of your family, and a 10 - 15 year commitment. Our advice is to make sure that your puppy comes from a place that you trust and feel comfortable with.

The first thing you should look for in a breeder is whether they are ANKC registered. To read more about why you should adopt from an ANKC registered breeder, please click here.

Typically, responsible breeders breed pups in order to ensure the health, happiness, safety and continuity of the breed. The breeder will carefully select the parents of each litter to emphasize desirable traits and minimise faults in their progeny. They should be willing to educate and answer all of your questions regarding the breed and its health, and their practices in general.

Additionally, a responsible breeder will have plenty of questions and take interest in you as an individual and family to make sure that their pups are going to good and safe homes. A responsible breeder will allow you to visit their premises (time of visit depends on their own processes) to meet your puppy as well as the parents of the litter. If you encounter a breeder that you feel does not tick these boxes, we recommend you look elsewhere for your pup.

With respect to the price of your puppy, we understand that everyone’s financial situation is different; however, when it comes to buying a puppy, now is not the time for a bargain. A puppy is a considerable financial investment, including food, grooming, health bills, insurance, and much more. Choosing a breeder on the basis of price may compromise the health and wellbeing of your puppy, setting you up for potential problems going forward.

What should I expect from a breeder upon adoption?

(Source: Dogs Victoria)

  • A vaccination certificate which shows vaccinations given, when the next ones are due, and evidence of the puppy's age (it is against Dogs Victoria's Code of Practice to sell a puppy under eight weeks of age).
  • ANKC Registration Certificate (papers)
  • When last the puppy was treated for worms and how often it needs to be treated in future
  • A feeding chart
  • Information on the puppy's likely nature, temperament, size and care requirements.
  • Details of any hereditary diseases or health problems which are known to affect the breed.
  • Information on responsible pet ownership, in particular care and welfare of the puppy, the time and facilities required for proper management (socialisation, exercise, adequate fencing, sufficient space and proper shelter)