How to buy a pedigree puppy

With the lifetime cost of a dog topping $30,000, our guide to buying that perfect pedigree pooch ensures you make the right investment

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From the January 2016 issue of the magazine.

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Step 1: Find a breeder

To buy a healthy pure-bred you’ll need to find a reputable dog breeder. Check out the pre-vetted breeder list on the Canadian Kennel Club’s website ( As Canada’s only official pure-bred registry, CKC provides support and education to potential dog owners and to the dog-breeding community.

Step 2: Pass the sniff test

Before you hop in your car, pick up the phone. Most responsible breeders won’t sell a puppy to just anyone that shows up at their door. They’ll want to talk to you first and ask a few questions about your motivations. They may even ask to visit your home, to be sure that you’ll provide a safe environment for the puppy. Pass this test and the breeder will invite you to come meet the dogs.

Step 3: Pay a visit

Surrounded by playing puppies it’s easy to forget the purpose for visiting a breeder: to assess their facilities. If you see cramped, dirty dog-quarters or dogs that are not treated like pets (loved, played with and given lots of exercise time), find another breeder.

Step 4: Seal the deal

If, everything checks out, it’s time to bring your new pup home, right? Not quite. Breeders plan well in advance for the placement of their litters. Plus, you’ll need to wait at least eight weeks after your pup is born before it’s ready to leave its mama. During your last visit, the breeder will want payment and should provide you with a Contract of Sale as well as the pup’s registration papers.

Step 5: The guarantee

The best breeders offer up to four weeks of Kennel Club Pet insurance, which starts the moment you take your puppy home. Many also provide written lifetime guarantees covering genetic diseases and temperament problems. Although you won’t get your money back, this guarantee means you can return your dog at any point in its life, for whatever reason.

4 comments on “How to buy a pedigree puppy

  1. Strongly consider adopting a dog from an animal shelter instead. Spend some time getting to know the dogs, gauging their temperment, talking to the shelter employees…the rewards can be far greater than spending thousands of dollars purchasing a dog from a breeder. As for the breeders’ return policy? The breeders’ don’t look after the returned dog for the rest of its lifetime. They’ll be put down or taken to an animal shelter.


  2. We purchased 2034.00 from vip huntinn breeders located not in king city like they say! We have no puppy which we were to pickup Feb. 1st. Please alert everyone! Very sad.


    • We are still trying to get our money!


  3. Agree with Brent on adoption. Instead of spending thousands on their breed, use that money for regular maintenance on their health. A well-kept, well-loved, healthy dog is a beautiful dog. Consider pet-insurance, (do research, they don’t come in equal) and you don’t have to face with a hard choice of surrendering, or worse, putting them down because you cannot afford their vet bills.
    I hope people understand keeping a dog/cat/any pet is a life long commitment, and anyone who own a pet should honour that before they make such a move. There are many abandoned pets at shelters which are perfectly good pet, and pedigree doesn’t guarantee your pet’s IQ, temperament either. Maybe some of them don’t look as cutein your purse carrier, but they will love you no less.
    And it is your job to make them look radiant under your care, not the either way around.
    Save a life, folks.


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