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A Kennel Club site like the UKC or AKC.  That breed's breed Club website.  Or a google search for breeders in your area.  Out of all of these, the Breed Club is always the most reputable place to start your search.  It usually is best to avoid massive puppy posting sites or sites like Craigslist or Hobbly, or whatever you have where you are like these sites as most- but not all- typically don't do health testing. What to look for: Even if you find a breeder from a reputable source, you will still want to do your homework on them. Not every breeder is for every person. You also want to pick someone you get along with and could see yourself being friends with as the best breeders will offer lifetime breeder support if you buy one of their dogs. This is an invaluable asset to you and your dog- so even if you think you might not need it- just it being offered speaks volumes about the quality of breeder you are getting your puppy from.  The next thing we will want to check for is health testing. So, see if it is listed on their website and, if not, send them a message and ask them about it. Most breeders are always eager to talk about their dogs- as they are their passion. Though, be aware they might ask you to fill out an application first. Because just like you are trying to see if they are a good fit for you, they are trying to gauge if you would be a good fit for one of their puppies. Also, don't ever put a deposit down without first getting to see health testing results. You want to see any certificates for hips, elbows, and knees. But also genetic disease panel results.  Another thing to do before you place a deposit down is to ask to see a copy of their contract. What's in there? Do they offer full, partial, or not paper options? Can you get full registration of you Title the dog and get health testing done? Is there a spay and neuter clause? Is there anything that will allow them to repossess the dog? And last- if something happens where you can not keep the dog, will they take it back? This last one is the thing that really sets apart good breeders from the not-so-great ones.  Last, what kind of socialization and desensitization do they do with the puppy while it is with them? Puppies can't be out and about until after six weeks of age when they get their first shots. But, they should still be exposed to things like household items, and some socialization should start before they come home to you.  What to avoid: Now, let's get into some of the red flag items that should tell you it is time to walk away. Usually, you can gauge this with four questions. The four magic questions are:  Where are the puppies born?  At what age do you start breeding?  Can you come to see the parents, or will they do a video call with you of the parents and where they live?  And lastly, at what age do the puppies come home?  For question number one, puppies should always be born indoors. This sets puppies up for success as they get to experience what life in a house is like from the very beginning. Also, puppies born outside tend to have more frequent health problems throughout their life. So, even if puppies transition to living outside, later on, they should be whelped and spend their first couple of weeks inside.  For the second question, you are looking for either around two years of age or when the Bitch is ready, which could be older. Which will be around two years of age anyway. Breeding, being pregnant, and taking care of a litter can take a lot out of a bitch, and she needs to be physically and mentally mature to handle it. OFA x-rays for hips, knees, elbows, and other things can't even be done until two years of age. If they breed on the first heat, this should be a sign for you to walk away.  For the third question, make sure you can go see the parents or at least do a video call. A lot of times, the stud won't be owned by the same person, so he might not be there. But you at the very least want to see what the mother is like and in what conditions she is living. If they don't do either of these, it should raise alarms and even be a scam.  Last, you want to ask what age the puppies come home. This should always be eight-weeks or above. Before this and the puppies miss out on critical time with their parents and siblings that will set up all the foundations they need in life. Also, in a lot of places selling puppies before eight weeks of age can be illegal. 

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