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Baring HOBBY breeders who are NOT required to have a state license, in most states, any person owning 4 dogs or more MUST have a kennel license. Even If Non-Profit. When purchasing from a Breeder, ask to see a copy of their Business license. Not All breeders who have a Business are required to have a USDA license, so the latter proof may not be an option.
Every Breeder I have ever purchased from has a standing, good relation ship with a LOCAL VETERINARIAN. Ask for the contact information to their vet, Including Business Name, Phone Number and Website.
You can then contact them directly and ask for their business license as well since it's all PUBLIC RECORD
Business Licenses are PUBLIC RECORD. Research the Kennel, Research their Veterinarian. If the breeder you are buying from claims to have given you their personal home address, verify the address. If property is owned by that person, it will also be ON PUBLIC RECORD.
* Please keep in mind that NOT all breeders will give you the location to their home address, and for good reason too. Allowing strangers to come to our homes and be around our children or to place our personal safety at risk is a big deal.
We all deserve the right to personal Privacy. Please be respectful and don't ask a breeder to hand you their personal address if they are not comfortable divulging that information.
I will often meet potential customers in a safe Public Place like the local pet store, my veterinarian clinic or even the local Police Station.
I also make it a personal point NEVER to meet a stranger AFTER DARK No matter the location!
When in doubt, ask for a video chat with that breeder and the puppy you are interested in. WE LIVE IN THE MODERN AGE. IF THEY HAVE A PHONE, THEN THEY CAN VIDEO CHAT! Please note, some elderly persons may NOT be tech savvy and you must be willing to give them time to locate a family member who can walk them through the video chat process .
If you are within reasonable driving distance, consider meeting with your breeder in person before deciding to either purchase a puppy OR place a deposit on a puppy.
IF you suspect a breeder to be a scammer or simply unethical, ask to see their purchase documents BEFORE you send a deposit. Their Personal and Business Names should be on the contract. Other Information should be: Phone Number, MAILING address ( We use a P.O. Box) and business Email. Have the ability to Establish multiple forms of communication with your breeder.
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Check out their past videos on Instagram
Check out their Past Videos on YouTube, or Ask them to post a New Video of your puppy for you.