Questions Your Breeder Should Ask You
I've previously discussed 'Questions To Ask A Breeder' in order to help potential buyers find a responsibly bred puppy. Be prepared, however, to be grilled on your own circumstances as well, as those responsible breeders will be extremely selective about who they offer their precious puppies to!
You need to make sure you have done your research on the breed that you are looking to bring into your lives. Make sure you know what level of exercise and grooming they require and also look up what sort of lifestyle suits them best. Do they do well in cities? Do they need acres of garden to run around in? the more research you have done to ensure that you are looking at the best breed for your circumstances, the more likely you are to be offered a puppy when one becomes available.
A responsible breeder will want to know all about your lifestyle in order to ensure that you can offer the perfect home for one of their puppies, and also enable them to match the right puppy to you. Below is a list of some of the questions you can expect to be asked when having a conversation with a breeder.
Why do you want a dog?
Why have you chosen this breed?
Are you looking for a dog for a specific purpose? (Pet/showing/working)
Do you plan on neutering your dog?
ABOUT YOUR LIFESTYLE
How often is someone at home?
Do you have someone to look after a dog when you can’t? (in an emergency/when you are on holiday etc.)
How much time can you dedicate to training and exercising a dog?
How much time can you dedicate to grooming?
Do you have a plan for training? (puppy classes etc.)
Have you researched the costs involved in owning a dog?
ABOUT YOUR FAMILY
Where do you live? (Type of house/outside space)
Do you have any children? How many? How old? How much involvement will they have?
Does anyone in the house have allergies?
Do you have any other pets?
There may well be more specific questions within different breeds which is where doing your research really does help. If all you've done is look at a picture and think 'I like the look of that', it doesn't convey to the breeder any sense of understanding about the responsibilities of dog ownership. Do you're homework and you are so much more likely to get it right and have an amazing life with your new dog, and potentially a great friendship with your breeder!