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Questions to Ask a Breeder

How long have you been breeding purebred dogs?

What is your average number of litters you have per year?

Approximate percentage of litters that have a Champion Sire and/or Champion dam?

Do you sell puppies or breeding stock to puppy mills, puppy wholesalers, or retailers?

Do you sell Pet Quality puppies on non breeding agreements (not for breeding), and/or require a Spay Neuter Contract?

Do you offer a health certificate or veterinary approval?

Do you provide a written health guarantee for all puppies/dogs and if so, what is covered?

Does Bill of Sale/Contract identify puppy with litter number and registered name of Sire and Dam?

Do you have stipulations on your Bill of Sale as to the quality of the puppy sold, i.e., Show Prospect, Pet Quality only, or Show Quality?

At what age do you allow your puppies to leave your premises?

How many vaccinations will the puppy have before it leaves your premises?

What is the average life span of dogs from your line?

Do you ship puppies and if so, under what circumstances?

Are the parents of your puppies within the CKC/AKC Standard for your breed?

Are you a licensed and inspected kennel?

Do you assist in finding a new home for puppies sold if they should become unwanted for any reason?

What is the average age at which males and females are retired from your breeding program?

What do you do with your dogs after they are retired from your breeding program?

Do you stipulate in your Bill of Sale/Contract that you have first right of refusal. That the puppy/dog must come back to you should the purchaser not be able to keep it?

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