Healthy dog: evaluating

When evaluating puppies/dogs, these are some things you should look for:

  • Does the breeding facility appear clean and sterile?
  • Do the puppies/dogs have discharge from the eyes, nose, or anus? Do they appear healthy?
  • Do the puppies/dogs coats look clean, full and healthy?
  • Do any of the puppies or adults exhibit fear around or near the breeder?
  • Do the puppies/dogs have energy when awake, yet calm easily when gently stroked?
  • Does the breeder seem knowledgeable about the breed?
  • Does the breeder have NO More than 2 breeds (types) of dogs and 1 litter at a time?
  • Does the breeder provide access to the parents or pictures and info on both parents?
  • Are the pedigrees 3 to 5 generations back?
  • How many titled dogs are in the first 3 generations?
  • Are the puppies/dogs checked for hip problems and certified by (OFA)  -- breed specific
  • Are the puppies/dogs checked for eye problems and certified by (CERF)  -- breed specific
  • Thyroid Checked
  • Cleared for any other hereditary diseases common to the breed

When evaluating the breeder, consider these items:

  • Does the breeding facility appear clean and sterile?
  • Does the breeder seem knowledgeable about the breed?
  • Does the breeder have NO More than 2 breeds (types) of dogs and 1 litter at a time?
  • Does the breeder provide access to the parents or pictures and info on both parents?
  • Does the breeder suggest or insist upon spay/neutering?
  • Does the breeder offer the medical records for both parents?
  • Does the breeder ask you to fill out a questionnaire (as buyer)?
  • Can the breeder direct you to a puppy/dog that best fits your lifestyle?
  • Do you feel comfortable with the breeder on a personal level?
  • Do you feel pressured to buy, or get the impression you are asking too many questions?
  • Does the breeder wish to be informed of the puppy/dogs accomplishments and problems throughout the duration of it's life?