Here are two links to American Kennel Club web pages, with information you might find helpful.
If you are interested in buying a dog, please go to our contacts page and let us know. We will try to match you up with a breeder. Some things to note:
- Club members who want to be recognized by KCAA as breeders have to agree with our "Breeder's Code of Ethics"
- Reputable breeders do not always have puppies available - they breed for quality and health, not profit
- Not all KCAA members are breeders
- If KCAA members do not have a suitable puppy for you, we may try to contact other reputable breeders within the area.
KCAA never buys or sells dogs. We do not ship them. We cannot guarantee a dog or a breeder.
While we may act as facilitators in helping you find a breeder, and try to ensure you are put in contact with a reputable breeder,
we are not responsible for anything related to that breeder or your new puppy or dog.
Here are some indicators that your potential purchase may not get you the puppy you want:
- You saw an advertisement online. While some reputable breeders advertise online, this is one of the primary indicators of a scam or a backyard breeder.
- You are asked to send money before you have seen the dog. Reputable breeders want you to see the dog first.
- The seller will not let you visit their facility. Reputable breeders WANT you to meet the puppy's parents, and to visit their breeding facility.
- Just because a dog is offered "with papers" this DOES NOT MEAN the dog is healthy, has the right temperament for your family, or has the quality to make it a show dog. It just means the dog has been registered.
- Backyard breeders are people who breed for quantity (and profit). They typically do not have concern for the health of the sire, dam or puppies. Their puppies are rarely socialized properly - and this can lead to you having problems down the line. KCAA RECOMMENDS YOU TRY TO AVOID BUYING FROM A BACKYARD BREEDER or anyone who does not have the LIFETIME interest of YOUR puppy at heart.