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Finding a good, ethical breeder can be confusing and frustrating in today’s instant satisfaction culture. Online multi-breed web sites abound, promising the world, willing to ship tomorrow and accepting a myriad of credit cards. Obtuse, hollow guarantees of health, love and loyalty pepper their pages. If it reads like a come on ad for used cars or miracle weight loss, it’s likely a puppy mill in disguise. The internet is a valuable source of information in your puppy search, but is not a substitute for good old-fashioned, real-time, human connection.

Get a puppy directly from a breeder you have been able to develop a relationship with, who will work to get to know you, so that a successful match is most likely. You want a puppy whose early environment is a good preparation for your puppy’s life with you. You want a puppy from a breeder willing to offer “tech support” whenever you have questions, problems or just a proud moment to share ( no one else cares as much!). 

Be sure, too, that the breeders you are talking to are doing the recommended health screenings recommended on the sire and dam, as well as doing eye certifications on puppies BEFORE 7 weeks old.  (They should be able to provide official verification for those tests, not just statements on their websites that the tests were done.  Most health screenings can be verified on the OFA website.) And if you are ever told they don’t health screen their dogs or eye check their puppies because they don’t have problems… run!  

Also, beware of breeders who try to dissuade you from buying puppies from other breeders, or who make claims about the superiority or special aptitude of their lines in regards to performance or other events.  Ethical breeders do not engage in this behavior!

Here at Terra-Blue we will never negatively comment or critique other breeders or their dogs, so please do not ask us to do so, but we are happy to share with you names of other breeders that we would personally get a dog from.

All of these thing are vital in your search, so be sure to take your time!