- Provides a written contract of sale with a health guarantee and written instructions on feeding, training, grooming and care.
- Provides access to the mother (dam) who should be on site and exhibit a healthy, happy temperament.
- Does not sell puppies until they are at least 8 weeks old or in some cases older.
- Shows you where the puppies are kept. This area should be very clean.
- Provides you with a record of the dates and types of vaccinations and de-worming done, feeding instructions, a pedigree, and a "blue slip" to apply for registration of the puppy in your own name with the AKC.
- Is able to prove he has performed pre-breeding health checks on the parents.
- Offers a return-buy back policy and makes it clear that his/her responsibility continues as long as the dog is alive. They should be available for advice whenever needed, and help you over many rough spots.
- Abides by code of ethics, typically by belonging to a breed club or association.
- Is very knowledgeable about the breed he or she is selling.
- Requires or encourages the neutering of all pet-quality dogs.
- Sells puppies only to approved buyers and never sells to brokers, puppy mills, or pet stores.
- Can discuss socialization of the puppies and can make recommendations for their continued socialization and training.
- Usually breeds no more than two breeds.