What should I ask and get from a breeder?

What To Ask Your Potential Breeder . . .

Your questions should be offered to determine whether this is the best person from whom to purchase your new pet. Here are several questions that we recommend:
Ask to see the breeders grounds. A responsible breeder takes extremely good care of his or her animals and grounds, and should not hesitate to show both to a visitor. The grounds should appear clean and the animals should look active and healthy. Ask to see the parents of the puppy. Sometimes the sire is not owned by the same person as the bitch, so the sire may not be on the premises when you come to visit. However, you should always see at least the mother. Ask to see other offspring from the same parents, if any are on the premises. Seeing the dogs of previous litters will give you a good picture of what your puppy will become.

Things To Get From Your Chosen Breeder . . .

After meeting with as many breeders as possible, decide which one will provide you with the best possible puppy. If that breeder does not currently have any puppies available, ask to be placed on the breeder's waiting list for the next available puppy. When the time comes to get your new puppy, you should request as many of the following items as possible:
Signed receipt
Signed pedigree
A diet sheet saying amt., when, & what the pup eats
A health record
Hints on grooming for this breed
Other notes on the specific care of this breed
A Kennel Club registration card
A signed health agreement that guarantees The agreement should require the breeder to give a refund or replace the puppy if any serious problems arise. It should also require the breeder to take back the original puppy or to find it a new home. *To make your puppy feel more secure away from its mother and littermates, you may also wish to ask to take with you some article such as a piece of cloth or a toy that has been in the nesting box with your puppy.