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So, you want to become a championship dog breeder? Part six

If you are looking for a pup from a championship breeder, you need to know what to look for when selecting that breeder. Even if you don’t want to show or breed your puppy, you need to be aware of several things.

Foremost, the kennels and/or puppy area must be spotless. There should be no urine or feces smell; the newspapers should be fresh. If you see mouse or roach traps, you do not want a pup from this breeder. You will want to ask a lot of questions and feel comfortable doing so. If the individual seems to squirm a bit, excuse yourself.

Such questions would include how long have they been breeding, which dogs they have used to breed (you don’t want a puppy mill breeder, i.e., breeding to close relatives); how many litters they have a year and what medical guarantees they offer. The latter refers to certain breeds having common orthopedic or ophthalmic disorders, for example.

Upcoming: Part seven