When discussing purchasing a puppy from an accountable breeder you should expect a thorough evaluation process. This may involve a series of steps including filling out an application, email exchanges, Skype and phone conversations, an in-person visit and a reference check. While you’re going to have lots of questions for prospective breeders, you can also expect a lot of questions. An accountable breeder cares deeply about where and with whom their dogs will live for the rest of their lives and their questions help them get to know you and your family as well as your lifestyle so they can thoroughly confirm the fit.
A contract outlining your rights and responsibilities as a dog owner is an important detail that shouldn’t be skipped by a breeder. It should include provisions should your puppy experience health issues and instructions in the event you are unable to keep your puppy. For example, accountable breeders require their dogs come home to them if their owners are unable to care for their dog at any point in the dog’s life, regardless of age. A contract should also come with a bill of sale detailing the total price of your puppy and a schedule for time-limited refunds if offered