Question: Should You Get A Dog From A Breeder?

Is it OK to get a dog from a breeder?

A good breeder will take their dogs back, for life.

Many don’t care where their dogs end up.

This is something on which rescue advocates and reputable breeder advocates can agree: Dogs end up in shelters by no fault of their own.

You are not killing a shelter dog if you purchase a dog from a responsible breeder.

Is it better to get a dog from a breeder or a shelter?

You won’t have to go through that expensive puppy year, unless you adopt a puppy. Also, shelters usually spay or neuter all of the dogs leaving their facility, saving you those extra expenses. It’s much less expensive to adopt than purchase from a breeder. Most shelters charge $150 adoption fee.

Why should you get a dog from a breeder?

Responsible breeders want to produce the healthiest dogs possible. They are acutely aware of the genetic diseases common in their breed and perform specialized health testing on their dogs before breeding them so they can avoid breeding dogs who might pass on faulty genes.

What do I need to do when buying a dog from a breeder?

The Bottom Line—Buying from a Breeder Checklist

Never buy and ship online or meet somewhere the puppy doesn’t live. Visit the breeder on-site to see the conditions in which the puppy is living and meet the parents. Visit multiple times to learn the puppy’s personality and see if it’s a match for your needs.