Once you have exhausted all your research concerning the breed of dog you are going to adopt the next thing is finding a reliable dog breeder. Please do not visit the local mall to adopt! It is extremely difficult to manage to have the steps needed in selecting your companion from a puppy store. They very rarely will have the required information available for your requirements in order to make the correct decision on your cherished pet.
One the best ways to locate a breeder involves a little research. Having narrowed down the breed, now turn to the breed club. Most, if not totally all, dog breeds have a corresponding club that deals only with the particular breed of dog you’ve chosen to adopt. Examples: German Shepherd Dog Club of America, Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America etc etc. An easy Google search will turn up your dog breed clubs. On the clubs website there’s a listing of reputable breeds which were researched to some extent for quality of breeder. Although this isn’t an entire recommendation, most clubs will post a disclaimer saying they are not accountable for the reputation of the breeder.
Another great place to research dog breeders are at your dog show. The AKC (American Kennel Club) will post dates and times of sanctioned shows. You are able to check the area papers for dog shows, although a far more thorough listing is provided online through the American Kennel Club (AKC). At the show speak with people who have the breed you’ve selected that have entries in to the show. Most people are more than happy to generally share experiences and understanding of their dog and its breed. You are able to surely get breeder references here and people involved with showing their dogs are often proud of these and easily available to exchange details about the breed, showing, breeders and local dog clubs they belong to dog breeders. These local clubs are another excellent venue for breeder information. You will also most likely get details about breeders to stay away from.
Once you have a breeder or set of breeders, now it’s time to obtain down seriously to business. Call them, let them know you’re trying to adopt and the method that you created their name. Arrange a visit. This is an incredibly important part of adopting. You should visit the breeder’s site if at all possible. Sometimes it’s not physically possible to get this done by which case other research must certanly be performed. In your visit you need to be worried about the cleanliness of the breeders facilities. Dirty breeders breed dirty dogs. It’s always best to ask a breeder if they have both puppy’s parents on hand. Although this isn’t always the case, a lot of times both sire (dad) and dame (mother) is likely to be at the breeder’s location. The breeder should give a well kept, clean and healthy environment for both puppies and parents. Ask to begin to see the dogs AKC registration and jot down the registration numbers in order to talk with the AKC to make sure they are fully registered. The breeder should provide the puppy its first shots.
Puppies should never leave their mother before six weeks. At six weeks all puppies must be checked by a veterinarian for overall health, excrement sample for worms and parasites and the initial of its shots for distemper, parvo virus, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvo carona. This is usually one shot for all of the vaccinations. Additionally, at the puppies first vet visit they should be checked for fleas, ticks and heartworms and added to necessary preventative medicines.