Hi I have recently started searching for a puppy. I found a few breeders
that I feel comfortable with and I am planning on visiting their
litters and dam's....on different days so as not to spread any
germs. Is it wrong to want to see all three before
I make a decision? I don't want to waste anyones time but it is
a big decision for us. When you were searching for your
pup how many breeders did you talk to or visit?
Talk to them before seeing the puppies.
Yes it is wrong to just go and visit puppies for the fun of it.
Make a decision, then go visit that breeder.
As a breeder we put a lot of hard work into producing healthy litters. I pick the parents for my puppies and no one comes to visit until the puppies are at least 5 weeks old. If someone is running from litter to litter to "decide' which puppy they want, they are not a family I want my puppies with. It is very dangerous for the puppy's health when someone goes from one breeder to another checking out puppies. Many illnesses that can be fatal to puppies are transmitted by people. By the time my puppies are allowed outside of my family visits, they are all spoken for and I have a gerat repoire with the families in place.
I would certainly hope any litter you are visiting is older than 5 weeks old....if not you may want to visit with other breeders that are more health and safety consious of their puppies. That is just my opinion.
Just want to add, ask your breeder for references of people who have puppies from them. Ask for their vet's name and call them to see what the breeder's reputation is. Check out show records, etc.
Last edited by hayshakerlabs; 11-15-2011 at 02:51 PM.
Sherry, Saedee, Shyloh, Izzy, Thelma, Natalie, Evon,, Gussa & Parody
I don't allow any visits until the litter has had its first shots. I know of someone who lost a whole litter due to "shoppers" who had gone to see another litter and brought parvo with them. Just because you stretch out your visits, doesn't mean you won't spread disease.
I would talk to the breeders as the others suggested and get a "feel" for them. Most breeders will send pictures of the puppies, some even have webcams so their people can see the puppies as they grow.
♣ Laura ♣
I researched the breeder's first, then went to see the litter I wanted. With Abby & Kate I had to get on a list, since usually all of the pups are sold before they are even born. Then I had to wait until after 5 weeks to see them, then more waiting to see which would be a good fit for us. I was lucky, our breeder is a friend of ours & in our lab club, so once I knew who the stud was, I put my deposit down & was able to get pick of the litter with Kate. Abby was the only black female & she was born in Georgia. She was picked for us.
I chose our breeder, and she sent us pictures. We picked Sophie from the pictures and from her description of her personality. The breeder knew our situation, and how we lost our 12 yr old the month before. My avatar picture is one of the ones the breeder sent me when she was a baby. We didn't meet Sophie till the day we picked her up. The breeder was 3 hours away. We took one look at her and my husband said she is just perfect!
Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo
Sophie 15 months, with Skye
I agree with the above. puppies are cute and you will fall in love no matter what so best to ensure you have done your homework on the breeder first (and they likely won't let you visit until you have committed and the pups are old enough). make sure both parents have all the appropriate clearances (hips, elbows, eyes, heart, cmn, eic) and are proven in some venue (field, conformation, etc)
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
Hope you get a sweet little puppy!
Around here, there is a growing trend toward people visiting the breeder well ahead of time-- ahead of litters that are planned but not on the ground yet. I don't have a problem w/ that at all. I think people SHOULD try to meet the "family" and make sure the personalities fit. It's also a very good way for me to get to know the people and if they are really serious or not before they may come at 5-6 wks to visit. Nothing worse that finding out one of the kids is terrified of dogs or the litter they thought they wanted wasn't going to have the right personality for the family.
I've had prospective buyers visit recently who initially wanted a chocolate pup. When they met my blacks, 2 asked to be added to my black litter list.
WindyCanyon Girls, August 2014
Thanks for the replies, guys. How do you know you trust
a breeder and that they have healthy dogs in a clean
environment if you can't meet them before paying a deposit?
The two litters I was going to visit are both 6 weeks old...guess
I will rethink.