Puppy Buyers Guide
To assure that you will get the best possible puppy for your individual needs, it is wise to deal with a breeder who has been involved with Staffords for a number of years, and have had the time to develop a good bloodline. They know their stock and will be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the breed.
A reputable breeder will not mind your spending a lot of time looking at their puppies. They will expect you to examine each pup individually, and then in an open area where the pups can run freely together as a group.
If you are unable to find a breeder in your area, you may find it necessary to purchase a puppy or young adult by long distance. Most breeders are willing to send pictures of their stock, copies of pedigrees, and sales contracts with guarantees in writing for your inspection.
Questions to ask
- How long have you been breeding?
- How active are you in the dog world?
- Do you belong to regional or national breed clubs?
- How often do you breed?
- What immunizations have been given. Have they been wormed, and have they had a health examination?
- Describe your puppies (type, color, personality, temperament, pet, show).
- What is the price range of your puppies, and are they A.K.C. registered?
- What guarantees do you offer and will you put them in writing?
- Will be knowledgeable about the breed, true temperament and type, genetic diseases, and care.
- Will allow you to come and visit, and will have clean healthy surroundings.
- Will offer puppies that are healthy and lively.
- Will be willing to certify in writing the health and temperament of their puppies.
- Will be willing to assist you in the future regarding any questions or concerns you may have about your puppy.
- Will be willing to take the puppy back, if future circumstances force you to give up the the animal.
- Will ask you as many questions as you ask of the breeder. Don't be offended. Just answer honestly. They want to know if you are the right person to own one of their puppies.
Also consider the need from time to time for someone to help "rescue" a Stafford. If you would like a dog that is usually older than a "puppy" and is in need of a helping hand, then please contact the Rescue Chairman of one the following Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue organizations: