Questions to ask a Breeder

What kind of lifestyle does this breed require?
What personality traits should I be informed about?
What grooming requirements are there with this breed?
What type of exercise does this breed require?
Are there any common health problems associated with this breed?
Can I meet the puppy's mother and father?
If one of the parents is not available, does the Breeder have pictures available of the parent?
May I see / visit where the puppies are raised?
How many litters do you have per year?
What happens to your retired breeding dogs?
How many different breeds do you breed?
What is the average lifespan of the dogs?
What type of food do you feed your dogs?
At what age can the puppy go to it's new home?
What immunization protocol do you follow for your breeding dogs and your puppies?
Do the puppies have any type of socialization prior to being sent to their new home?
Do the puppies have any type of training prior to being sent to their new home?
Are you affiliated with any breeder associations? Why or why not?
Do you have references?
What guarantees do you offer with your puppies?
Do you require spay/neuter contracts on your pet quality puppies?
If, for any reason, I am unable to keep the puppy, what is your policy?
Most breeders are more than happy to answer questions related to the purchase of one of their puppies and will be just as concerned about the type of person/household they are releasing one of their puppies to. Remember: It is up to both the Buyer and the Breeder to be comfortable with one another and to ensure that the puppy has been and will be treated properly.

How to protect yourself when buying online:


Email may be the initial form of contact when locating a Breeder through the site. This should not be the only form of contact. Once you have your initial questions answered and feel you want to move forward with the purchase of the puppy, ask for a phone number to talk to the Breeder. If they refuse to give a phone number or they state that their phone is out of service, walk away from the sale.
Avoid sending money through Western Union. There is no way to protect the funds in case a problem of fraud arises.
Every listing on the site will show the location of the Breeder. The location is something that the Breeder designates upon their account creation. If they ask you to send money to another country (i.e. Nigeria, Africa, London, etc.), or even a different state than the one shown on the listings, discontinue the purchase and report them to Puppyfind.
Consider using Paypal or an escrow service when purchasing a puppy. Visit www.paypal.com or www.escrow.com for more information.
Ask the Breeder to send additional pictures of the puppy you are interested in. Require a specific item to be in the photo, like a soda can or your name on a piece of paper. If they refuse to send additional pictures or state their camera is broken and are unable to send additional pictures, discontinue the sale.
Once you have determined that the Breeder you have chosen has the puppy you want, ensure that you have a clearly defined contract prior to the purchase of the dog. The contract should specifically state what dog you are going to receive, what registration, if any, you will receive and the timeframe to receive the registration papers, what type of health guarantee comes with the dog and what is the process of reimbursement and/or return if the dog is sick, etc. Most contracts will state that you need to have the pup seen by a vet within a specific timeframe. A clearly defined, signed, contract will protect both the Buyer and the Breeder and will avoid any problems that could arise from miscommunication. If you or the Breeder make an agreement that is not included within the contract, get it in writing.

Our answers to these questions

 What kind of lifestyle does this breed require?  They do well in small homes and are to be house babies

What personality traits should I be informed about?  I find them to be very energetic with clownish antics. They are Terriers though and that 4-7 lb baby thinks it is a 150lb bad dog

What grooming requirements are there with this breed? Daily brushing if in coat. If you are not showing it is easier to keep them in a puppy cut

What type of exercise does this breed require? Not much but they sure do enjoy a walk or romp in the park

Are there any common health problems associated with this breed?  Liver Shunt, Collasping trachea ..see my health pages

Can I meet the puppy's mother and father? Yes if you wish

If one of the parents is not available, does the Breeder have pictures available of the parent?  Yes but all my babies are in our home

May I see / visit where the puppies are raised? Yes provided you let us know you are coming.. since we live in the country it is best to arrange this as we could be gone

How many litters do you have per year? at this time 5

What happens to your retired breeding dogs? They stay at home with us or on rare occasion can be adopted out mostly to family members.

How many different breeds do you breed?  2 the Yorkie and Biewer

What is the average lifespan of the dogs? 14yrs

What type of food do you feed your dogs?  Eukanuba

At what age can the puppy go to it's new home? 12-13 weeks

What immunization protocol do you follow for your breeding dogs and your puppies?  start shots at 7-8 weeks then every 3 weeks. Worming starts at 2 weeks then done every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age

Do the puppies have any type of socialization prior to being sent to their new home? They are pre loved by many and mainly 2 wonderful children. the main complaint we have had with our babies is that they want to be with you even sleep in bed ..

Do the puppies have any type of training prior to being sent to their new home? Not really other than pee pad due to living in the country we do not allow them outside AT ALL !!! They do not know the meaning of NO ..they are to cute to say no to

Are you affiliated with any breeder associations? Why or why not?  not now.. there are many issues in the breed clubs in America and I do not care to be involved with them. We will probably be sending in a aplication to BBCA in which if you want to join a breed club this will be the one I will reccomend.

Do you have references? Yes available if asked

What guarantees do you offer with your puppies? Please see my health contract with the adoption contract on the web site

Do you require spay/neuter contracts on your pet quality puppies?  No mainly because I lost my beloved Roo on the table when she was spayed and know of several others that have lost their loved ones

If, for any reason, I am unable to keep the puppy, what is your policy? If at anytime you cannot keep your baby we do require you contact us so the baby can come back home to us.. you will not be judged if something happens .. afterall this is life and things do happen. We do not refund the cost of the puppy though.
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