Breeders are an excellent option on acquiring a dog. There are several reasons you would consider this option. First, would be you are looking for a specific breed of dog. Looking for a pure breed or certain cross breeds designed to give you a specific set of traits. These would include body size, hair, color or temperament. If you are planning on becoming a breeder or getting a male for stud services. Another reason in buying from a breeder if you want to get into competitive dog shows.
There are a lot of breeders out in the market. When searching for breeders, do your due diligence on checking out the breeder. Things to consider would be are they AKC registered, believe it or not, not all breeders are registered. If you plan on investing on spending a large sum of money on your new family member find out if you will receive papers on your dog. Also, research their dog’s lineage, this way you learn not only the parents but also the grand parents of the dog. When purchasing the dog, is the dog going to be intact or fixed? In purchasing a female, if the female is not fixed at time of purchase, are you going to be able to breed the dog if you so choose. What this means if you did not get the rights to breed you won`t be able to register the litters.
Another crucial thing to find out from the breeder is the litter number that your dog is coming from. This is very important because responsible breeders limit the number of litters, they allow a female to have. Over breeding a dog can cause issues with the litters. Another thing to find out is the age of the female when she had the litter. Just like humans, older dogs could have complications with their off spring.