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This page presents some signs you should watch out for in dealing with a breeder. There is no significant oversight of the puppy breeding industry. You have to protect yourself. You are in complete control of the process until you hand over the money. After that, the breeder is in control. Don't miss this point. Breeders will be your best friend in the world until he has your cash. After that, you may become a nuisance to be avoided. Use this fact to your benefit. Before you hand over any money, ask lots of questions, ask to see what you want to see, demand a contract, ask for concessions, anything you want MUST be demanded while your are in charge. Your opportunity to analyze the situation and look for warning signs can come to an end when you hand over money. Even a down payment can turn the tables on you. If you put down a deposit, the breeder can clam up. If you become unhappy and back out, he keeps your money and sells the puppy to someone else for full price. Keep your money until you are completely sure about the purchase.

They offer to meet you somewhere.

This is a big clue that something is up. Breeders hate to have to pack up the puppy (and maybe the one or both of the parents), drive to a parking lot somewhere and wait for a potential customer to show up (if they do!) Why would they do this? To hide something from you! They don't want you to see the conditions of their kennel, the treatment of their dogs, how many dogs or breeds they have or something else that would clue you in to their operations.

If they are intent on keeping you from seeing their operation, they must have something to hide. Avoid them.

The dogs don't know their names.

This may seem like a strange warning, but it is important. If the dogs can't be called by name, at least one of several things must be true. First, the dogs are not given any attention. They are simply "puppy factories." Second, the dogs are not very smart (inbreeding?) Who wants a dumb puppy that can't even learn it's own name. Third, if the dog can't be called by name, you can't be sure that you are being shown the correct Registration Papers. You can't tell a dog that today her name is Fluffy and tomorrow it will be Lady. She can't act for you that way. Her name is learned as a puppy and kept for long periods of time. Some tricks a breeder can play involve swapping parents. Calling the parents by name makes it far less likely that they are doing anything like that.

The dogs are not clearly identified with collars or microchips.

Reputable breeders clearly and permanently identify their dogs with microchips, tatoos or collars. AKC requires this under most cercumstances. Dogs that are not clearly identified can be more easily switched around. A breeder may have one or two high-quality dogs that they regularly show to everyone who is shopping for a puppy. You must make sure that your puppy actually belongs to the sire and dam you are being shown.

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