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What to look for: No matter which of these three options you go with, it is always imperative to do your research. Most of these things will most likely be posted on that breeder's website, but there is never any harm in messaging them. Most breeders adore their breed and would be more than happy to talk to you about their dogs and their program. Even though some may request you fill out an application first. This is completely normal as they want to know about you just as much as you want to know about them.  The first thing you will want to look for on a breeder's website is any mention of health testing. This will cover things like hips, elbows, sometimes eye and cardiac certificates. It should also include a full genetic panel. Even if some diseases aren't common in the Staffy breed, it doesn't mean those other genetic issues won't show up ever. So, see if they get a full health panel that covers all or just covers the most common ones in their breed. But, always make sure they will allow you to view any health testing results before putting a deposit down.  Another good thing to do is to ask to see a copy of the contract they use for the sale of puppies. What kind of registration are they offering? Full registration? Partial? No papers? No papers can be if they provide it as an option for pet only animals. Though, the parents should still be papered to assure lineage and things to that effect. Is there anything that makes that contract void? Is there a health guarantee? What is the deposit and payment structure? Is there a spay and neuter clause? If so, at what age? Is this an age you agree with?  Next, you are going to want to know what the breeder does with the puppies while they are there. One quick question you can use to gauge things quickly is where the puppies are born? As puppies should always be born in an indoor environment. Even if the parents are outside working dogs, or the puppies move to an outside location a little later on.  What kind of socialization and desensitization does the breeder do with the puppies? Keep in mind. It isn't safe for puppies to go out and around other dogs or to public places until after six weeks when they get their first shots. So, even if it is just little car rides or desensitization to household appliances, there should be something like this that the breeder does to get their puppies ready to adapt to life with a new family.  Last, you will want to know if the breeder offers lifetime support. A good breeder can be one of your most fantastic resources. So, find someone you like, and you could see yourself having a friendly relationship with them.  What to avoid: Now that we have covered the things you should be looking for, what are some of the red flags?  Another quick question to help you quickly narrow down your breeder list is to see what age they start to breed their dogs at. The closer to two years of age, the better, especially for the bitch. Or even if they say they wait until she is done growing and has mentally matured, this is the absolute best. Carrying a litter of puppies, the whelping process, and nursing a litter of puppies can be hard on a bitches body, and if she is under developed, it makes it even tougher.  See if you can visit the parents. Or do a video call to see them and see where they live. A lot of times, the stud won't be on-site and is owned by someone else. But you still want to see where the mother is staying. Are the conditions clean? How does she look? If they won't allow either of these, that is an immediate red flag.  The last question you need to ask is what age puppies go home. If it is before eight-weeks, this is bad news. Puppies need that time with their mom and littermates for some critical development. Not to mention puppies going home before eight weeks is also illegal in a lot of places. 

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