Visit as many breeders as you can to gather lots of information. If you contact the breed club they will help you in your search for a DOGS NSW registered breeder in your area. Alternatively, have a look at the DOGS NSW Breeders Directory to find a breeder.
When you visit a breeder, they should raise healthy, happy puppies and this should be reflected in the condition and temperament of the adult dogs on the premises. Their living quarters should be clean and all dogs should be well cared for. The puppies should also be clean, well conditioned, lively and friendly.
Responsible breeders should show you all the dogs on their premises and may allow you to handle the puppies during visits, although this depends on the age of the puppies and their vaccination status.
The mother (‘dam’) of the puppies should be in good condition, clean, happy and active. If the father (‘sire’) lives elsewhere you could ask for the owner’s contact details or to see photos of him.
The breeder will be prepared to answer more in depth questions about the finer details of the breed, what to expect in the adult dog and both the positive and negative aspects of the breed. The breeder will help you with your choice and selection of a puppy and should be willing to provide ongoing support and advice as your puppy matures.
Puppies should not leave their mother and the breeder until they are at least 8 weeks of age. Vaccination records, registration certificates, a copy of the pedigree, microchip details (which is a state government law), a puppy care and diet sheet should be available to you when or before you collect your puppy.
Please note the breeders who appear on the DOGS NSW website are merely breeders that DOGS NSW understands may have litters for sale. DOGS NSW makes no representations as to the reputation of any breeder or as to the soundness or suitability of any puppy you may decide to acquire from any breeder.