Reputable breeders perform recommended health screening tests for the breed to reduce inherited diseases.
Assess the temperament and conditions of parent dogs. Puppies often mirror traits of parents.
Inspect the breeder's home and kennel. It should be clean with ample room for puppies to play/exercise.
The breeder should have a strong relationship with a vet for guidance and puppy checkups.
Responsible breeders focus on just 1-2 breeds and litters per year. Mass production indicates greed.
A good contract outlines health guarantees, breeding prohibitions, return policies and more.
A quality breeder will ask you questions to ensure their puppies go to suitable homes.