Questions to Ask a Breeder when Buying a New Puppy

These are just a few of the questions you should be asking before you consider buying a puppy. Check out web sites for specific breeds for further information on breeders.


A good breeder should not expect you to buy a puppy at your first visit. You should be able to go home and think about it and then come back when you have decided to buy.

  1. Is the breeder CKC or AKC registered (Canadian Kennel Club)?

  2. Do they “show” their dogs in confirmation shows?

  3. Are any of their dogs titled (obedience etc.)?

  4. Are their puppies trained on pee pads in their home or are they housed in kennels all day?

  5. Are they opposed to crate training?

  6. Can they provide references from people who have bought puppies recently and people who bought several years ago?

  7. Can you visit anytime to see the puppies?

  8. Confirm that the puppies will have their first set of shots and will be dewormed before they go to their new homes.

  9. When do they suggest that you have the puppy spayed or neutered?

  10. How many litters of puppies do they have each year?

  11. Does the breeder want you to leave a deposit to reserve a puppy and is the deposit non- refundable if you decide not to take the puppy.

  12. Ask about their guarantee. Will they replace the dog if he encounters health or temperament issues? If you decide to keep the dog, will they assist or pay for any vet or training bills? Also, if you decide not to keep the dog, can you return him to the breeder?