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How to determine and find a reputable breeder online: A how-to guide on What to look for and where to look

By Mawoo Pets · 19 Jun · 4 mins read
How to determine and find a reputable breeder online: A how-to guide on What to look for and where to look

When it comes to bringing a new puppy into your home, finding the right breeder is crucial. A reputable breeder not only provides healthy and happy puppies but also ensures that you receive a pet that will become a beloved family member for years to come. Here are some key steps to help you choose a reputable breeder and welcome your new furry friend with confidence.

1.Where:  Search Through a Trusted Registered

Everything can be done online now, and that includes purchasing puppies! Since Covid, there has been a record-breaking pet population explosion. A study by Forbes Magazine in 2022 states that 44.5% of American Households have at least one dog. As you can imagine, while everything else in the world technologically advances, so does the world of puppy purchasing. Did you know some companies specialize in connecting you, with a vetted and reputable breeder? When purchasing through one of these sites, such as Mawoo Pets, you can search through all the dogs/puppies listed confidently and know that not only are these dogs available, but that the breeders are monitored closely to maintain ethical breeding standards. 

2. Ensure the breeder has good-quality photos and videos

A reputable breeder should proudly showcase their puppies through quality photos and videos. These visual aids offer a glimpse into the puppies' living conditions and overall health. Look for the cleanliness of the puppies and the area where they are playing. Look for clear, high-resolution images and videos that display the puppies playing, interacting with their littermates, and being cared for by their mother. This transparency is a positive sign that the breeder is committed to providing a healthy environment for their animals.

3. Ensure the breeder allows for pick up of the puppy

A trustworthy breeder will allow you to pick up your puppy in person. This not only allows you to see the breeding environment firsthand but also allows you to meet the breeder and ask any questions you may have. Personal pick-up ensures that you are getting a puppy from a reputable source, plus it is a fun way to meet your new puppy's immediate relatives.

4. Ensure the puppy comes with some form of health guarantee.

Puppies, just like babies, are more susceptible to sickness than adult dogs. It is very important you purchase from somewhere that offers a health guarantee to cover you from contagious illnesses like Giardia, coccidia, worms, and other parasites. You should ensure you get coverage for this and if possible, ensure to get a genetic health guarantee. This ensures that not only are you confident that your dog is healthy and prepared for the unexpected, but it also shows that the breeder is confident in the health of the puppy that they are selling to you. If a breeder has health guarantees it is likely because they rarely need to fall back on it since their puppies are healthy. 

5. Breeder has well cared for Dams and Sires.

The health and well-being of the breeding parents (dams and sires) are critical indicators of a reputable breeder. These dogs should look healthy, happy, and well cared for. They should live in a home environment rather than a kennel, demonstrating that the breeder values their animals as part of the family. Ask to see the parents and observe their living conditions to ensure they are being treated with the care and respect they deserve.


Purchasing online can be intimidating, but it is a very valuable resource as this allows you to have many more options to find that perfect puppy. Following the methods outlined above will help ensure you are finding the best puppy for your household, and ensuring you are supporting an ethical breeder with regulated breeding standards. While purchasing online does leave you more exposed to scams, we also have a blog that will allow you to appropriately determine a scam from a real, and ethical breeder. 

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