If you are planning to bring a new tail-wagging friend into your home in the near future you will want to know all you can about the breed and the particular puppy you have in mind. There are many questions you should ask the breeder before choosing a puppy. Keep in mind that it is best to see the dogs environment before deciding.You need to see how it has been raised up to the point of you taking into your own home. Has it been in a crate for eight weeks? Has it been allowed to wander in the yard outdoors? Has it been raised with children, elderly people or not socialized? All of these questions need answers if you are to purchase the best type of puppy for your household.
One top question to ask a breeder is if the specific breed is known to have a history of genetic problems. Many dogs do and its not the fault of the breeder, it’s just that dogs can be like humans in the fact that family history can play a part in how healthy the dog will be. Breeders that purposely breed two dogs that are known to have illnesses are being careless and you shouldn’t purchase a puppy from them. One “for instance” is German Shepherds are more likely to suffer from hip dysplasia. If the puppy you choose has two parents with this ailment, it will be have a greater chance of contracting hip dysplasia. A good dog breeder will know all ailments that the breed he or she sells is likely to come down with. It doesn’t necessarily mean that your puppy will develop illnesses but it’s always good to know what to look out for.
Another question to ask your dog breeder is if they have the parents on site where you can see them. If not, be leery of this arrangement. (Some breeders use artificial insemination with their females so the father may not be available.) If so, take a few minutes to watch the parents of the puppy to see what their physical appearance looks like. Also look closely to see if the dogs act like they have been socialized. Signs of good socialization doesn’t mean the dog should run up to you and jump in your lap, although that does show a friendly nature. If the parents act skittish, scared, very nervous or growl and are very unfriendly, you may want to think twice about getting a puppy from that particular litter.
Questioning the dog breeder about certification is important only if you are spending a great deal of money on a puppy to show at dog shows. It’s much better to go to your local animal shelter and choose a puppy that meets the needs of your family and is desperate for a good loving home, but if you absolutely have to have a papered dog, ask for copies of the pedigree for your puppy.
Ask the breeder if you get any kind of warranty on the puppy just in case the unthinkable happens and you have the dog for two or three days and it passes away from an illness you didn’t know it had when you purchased it. If you have children take them with you to see how the puppy reacts with them.
Source: Personal experience