Knowing what to expect when you decide to purchase a purebred pup is important for many reasons. Not only can it help to make the process more streamlined and limit the fear of the unknown for new puppy parents, it can also help ensure you’re truly dealing with an ethical and reputable breeder by knowing what to look for.
Today we’re going to walk you through the steps you should be taking on your journey to bringing home a purebred pup.
Research Purebred Puppies
First things first: figure out what purebred pup will best fit with your current lifestyle and pet ownership goals. Make sure you’ve got the time, energy, funds, and attention available to give your dog the best possible care and life.
We often talk about this on the blog and we’ll say it again – finding the right breed for you is so very important. Do your research! A breed finder tool like PuppyViewer’s is an excellent way to discover the basic information about a breed and determine if it’s what you’re looking for.
You’ll learn about a breed’s origins, temperament, grooming requirements, trainability, and so much more to help with your doggy decision making.
Joining your prospective pup’s breed club is another excellent way to get important information during this process.
Find a Purebred Breeder
One helpful hint when it comes to this part of the process – remember that anyone can sell on the classified pages of the internet or social media buy/sell groups.
While you may find a good breeder on some breed-specific pages, choosing to use reputable tools like PuppyViewer can help you find vetted breeders nearby, making the search process much easier. It’s as simple as registering for a free account to get started.
From here, you’ll find contact information for PuppyViewer breeders so you can connect and ask further questions.
Other important places to check are recognized breed-specific clubs and esteemed organizations like the Canadian Kennel Club.
Visit and Interview Purebred Breeders
Once you’ve determined a handful of reputable breeders that you’d like to work with, you’ll be given an opportunity to visit the kennel and ask more questions. Don’t be surprised if the breeder has lots of questions for you, too! It’s not unusual for responsible breeders to ask for references – they want to ensure their puppies are going to the best homes possible.
During your visit, you’ll have a chance to observe breeding conditions and ensure pups are being raised “underfoot” – you want them to have lots of human contact to ensure good socialization and care.
Always ensure your puppy’s mother is on site. While fathers (also referred to as sires) aren’t always kept at the same location as mother and pups, you should at least be invited to look at his pictures and papers (more on that later).
Reputable purebred breeders don’t allow their dogs to go home with you on the same day – they’ll usually keep puppies with their mom and littermates for the first few months of their lives to ensure proper socialization.
While it can be disappointing to know you’ll have to wait a little longer to bring your pup home with you, know that it’s important for the overall wellbeing of a dog.
Good things take time!
Check All the Boxes when it Comes to Purebred Puppy Paperwork
Last but not least, let’s talk about something that is often associated with purebreds: papers.
When it comes time to take your new family member home, purebred breeders will ensure you receive all the necessary documents that should accompany a purebred pup, including:
- A signed bill of sale and written guarantee
- Confirmation of your purebred’s kennel club registration
- Health certificates and records of vet visits
- Documentation of permanent and unique identification
Are you already a purebred puppy parent? What other steps would you include in this process? Share your tips and insight with prospective puppy owners below!