How do I find a Breeder?

Frequently Asked Questions

I am interested in purchasing a puppy.  How can I locate a breeder?
Answer:

The easiest and most convenient way to find a breeder and the right dog for you is through www.akc.org. The AKC web site offers potential puppy buyers access to a wealth of information on buying a dog, selecting a breeder, and dog care.

The best way to ensure a long and happy relationship with a purebred dog is to purchase from a responsible breeder. While the AKC does not license, endorse, or recommend breeders, we do provide a step-by-step procedure that will lead you to the breed best suited for you and a breeder in your area.

1. Are You Ready For a Dog? - http://www.akc.org/future_dog_owner/ready_for_dog.cfm
Remember that owning a dog is a lifelong commitment with a variety of responsibilities; if you cannot meet those responsibilities, neither you nor your dog will be happy.
2. The Right Dog For You - http://www.akc.org/future_dog_owner/find_breed.cfm
You should do serious and careful research to determine which breed is right for you and your family.
3. Finding Your Dog - http://www.akc.org/future_dog_owner/find_breeder.cfm
Where you go to get your dog is just as important as what kind of dog you get. A responsible breeder is the best source for a well-bred, healthy dog.
4. National Club Breeder Referral - http://www.akc.org/breederinfo/breeder_search.cfm
Each Breed’s National Club (also known as the Parent Club) will have a listing for a breeder referral person. That person should be able to help find a breeder in your area. If the national breed club has a web site, you will find a link to that web site. Many clubs also offer excellent breed specific information and breeder referral contacts in different states or regions that can help you.
5. AKC Online Breeder Classifieds - http://www.akc.org/classified/index.cfm
Try this new service that helps puppy buyers locate breeders with available AKC-registrable puppies. Breeders can list AKC-registered litters on this web site. You can search for AKC-registrable puppies by breed and state OR by breed and zip code radius.

The AKC web site also has a section entitled "Buying a Puppy," which contains interesting articles and information to assist you in your search. You may also want to check the "Breeder Referral Contacts by Region." All-Breed and local AKC Specialty Clubs also offer breeder referral programs and contact people who live in your state.


In the past, I bought an AKC dog from a breeder.  How can I find the contact information for my breeder?

I want to contact a specific breeder. Can you give me their phone number or address?
Answer:

The AKC is unable to release this information to you, pursuant to the AKC Board of Director’s Disclosure of Information Policy. AKC does not disclose information from its registration records or from its correspondence files without “the express permission of the principals or due process of law.” This would include revealing the names and addresses of the owners of dogs or information on an individual's dogs or litters. The AKC Board of Director’s Disclosure of Information Policy is available for review on the AKC website at http://www.akc.org/rules/policymanual.cfm.    
If you are interested in purchasing a dog of a particular breed, the easiest and most convenient way to find the right dog is through the AKC website - www.akc.org. The site offers potential puppy buyers access to a wealth of information on buying a dog, selecting a breeder, and dog care.
The best way to ensure a long and happy relationship with a purebred dog is to purchase from a responsible breeder. While the AKC does not license, endorse, or recommend breeders, we do provide a step-by-step procedure that will lead you to the breed of dog best suited for you and a breeder in your area.
1. Are You Ready For a Dog? - http://www.akc.org/future_dog_owner/ready_for_dog.cfm
Remember that owning a dog is a lifelong commitment with a variety of responsibilities. If you cannot meet those responsibilities, neither you nor your dog will be happy.
2. The Right Dog For You - http://www.akc.org/future_dog_owner/find_breed.cfm
You should do some serious and careful research to determine which breed is right for you and your family.
3. Finding Your Dog - http://www.akc.org/future_dog_owner/find_breeder.cfm
Where you go to get your dog is just as important as what kind of dog you get. A responsible breeder is the best source for a well-bred, healthy dog.
4. National Club Breeder Referral - http://www.akc.org/breederinfo/breeder_search.cfm
Each breed’s national club (also known as the Parent Club) will have a listing for a breeder referral person. That person should be able to help find a breeder in your area. If the national breed club has a web site, you will find a link to that web site. Many clubs also offer excellent breed specific information and breeder referral contacts in different states or regions that can help you.
5. AKC Online Breeder Classifieds - http://www.akc.org/classified/index.cfm
Try this new AKC service that helps puppy buyers locate breeders with available AKC-registrable puppies. Breeders can list AKC-registered litters on the AKC web site. You can search for AKC-registrable puppies by breed and state OR by breed and zip code radius.
The AKC web site also has a section "Buying a Puppy," which features interesting articles and information to assist you in your search. You may also want to check the "Breeder Referral Contacts by Region." All-Breed and Local Specialty Clubs also offer  breeder referral programs and contact people who live in your state.


I am looking for a breed of dog that does not shed.

I am looking for a breed of dog that does not bother my allergies.
Answer:

The following breeds generally do well with people with allergies:

Basenji
Bedlington Terrier
Bichon Frise
Irish Water Spaniel
Italian Greyhound
Kerry Blue Terrier
Maltese
Poodle
Portuguese Water Dog
Schnauzers
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
Chinese Crested

This list is based on breeds, which usually produce less dander. The American Kennel Club does not recommend or endorse any specific breed, nor does it claim that the listed breeds will not affect people with allergies.

We do not have information that matches a breed to a specific lifestyle or individuals. The best thing to do is read about each breed in which you are interested and then contact the breeder referral person for each breed. A listing of the National Clubs, by group, can be found at http://www.akc.org/clubs/search/index.cfm.


What type of agreement should the buyer and seller enter into upon the sale of a puppy?
Answer:

It has been our experience that all too frequently, severe and complicated problems result from disputes over conditional sale, conditional stud and co-ownership contracts or any contract or agreement relating to restrictions or limitations people try to place on the sale or breeding of a dog.

Chapter 3, Section 6 of Rules Applying to Registration and Discipline states, in part:
"For the purpose of registering or refusing to register purebred dogs The American Kennel Club will recognize only such conditional sale or conditional stud agreements affecting the registration of purebred dogs as are in writing and are shown to have been brought to the attention of the applicant for registration.
The American Kennel Club cannot recognize alleged conditional sale, conditional stud or other agreements not in writing which affect the registration of purebred dogs, until after the existence, construction and/or affect of the same shall have been determined by an action at law."

The only contracts that the AKC will enforce will be the withholding of AKC registration papers until a dog is paid for or altered, if the terms are clearly set out in the bill-of-sale and signed by all parties involved in the sale of the dog, this is required by our rules.

If properly completed AKC registration papers are not supplied with the dog when it is shipped or delivered to someone else, the person delivering or shipping the dog must furnish the person acquiring the dog with a bill of sale or other signed memorandum giving all of the identifying information listed below. A promise of later identification is not acceptable
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For a Dog Not Yet Individually Registered
Breed
Sex and color and markings
Date of birth
Litter number (when available)
Names and numbers of sire and dam
Name of breeder
Date sold or delivered

For a Registered Dog
Breed
Registered name
Registration number
Date sold or delivered

This identifying information must be supplied with the dog even though AKC papers are not yet available, and even to a person who takes the dog only for resale as an agent or on consignment, and the same information must be passed on by him when he disposes of it. (The only exception to this requirement is when there is a written agreement made between the parties when the dog is delivered specifying that registration papers are never to be given.)

The American Kennel Club considers the purchase of a dog a private transaction between the buyer and the seller. As with any transaction, the seller, or in this case the breeder, we believe should stand behind their product and act as a responsible breeder. Many reputable breeders have different opinions as to the rights of the seller and buyer and buyback/return policies. A contract at the time of sale sometimes will eliminate these questions.

The American Kennel Club supports the breeding of dogs by responsible breeders for the purpose of improving breeds of purebred dogs. The AKC does attempt to foster sound breeding practices through education, funding of research, and inclusion of Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) data in our records and printed on our registration documents.

The American Kennel Club does not license or endorse anyone engaged in the commerce of selling purebred dogs and, therefore, has little control over the business practices of those involved in such transactions.  While The American Kennel Club attempts to foster sound breeding, our jurisdiction is limited to the practices one must follow to ensure proper identification of dogs registered with The American Kennel Club.  AKC is a registry body. A Registration Certificate identifies the dog as the offspring of a known sire and dam, born on a known date.







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