How Do You Know If A Breeder Is Registered?

To find USDA-licensed dog breeders, search the Animal Care Information Systems (ACIS) Search Tool for Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

On the Search Tool page select “breeder” as the “customer type,” and then select your state from the pulldown menu under “business address.”

How do you know if a breeder is reputable?

You can also find out if a breeder is in good standing with the AKC by contacting AKC Customer Service at 919-233-9767 or Don’t rely on the phone. Go in person. The best way to get to know a breeder is to meet in person, which might be at their kennel or in their home.

How do I find registered breeders?

Answer: The easiest and most convenient way to find a breeder and the right dog for you is through The AKC web site offers potential puppy buyers access to a wealth of information on buying a dog, selecting a breeder, and dog care.

How do I find my breeder number?

Look for a Supply Number displayed in the advertisement or where the dog or puppy is being offered for sale. Check the online Register to confirm the Supply Number is valid and identifies the breeder. Contact the breeder if you have questions about where the dog/puppy has originated.

How do you tell a good breeder from a bad breeder?

Here are the top 10 biggest warning signs you’re dealing with a bad breeder.

  • They are selling the dogs for less than they are worth.
  • They don’t make you sign a contract.
  • They do not provide you with health and pedigree papers.
  • They breed dogs who are too young or, too old or, they breed a female too many times.

Are all breeders bad?

Bad Breeding Practices

No breeder is perfect but some breeders push the limits causing extensive health issues for the dogs they are breeding through bad breeding practices. This was a result of years of bad breeding practices so that now many of these animals are in constant pain.

How do you know if its a puppy mill?

Here are some red flags that indicate a puppy mill in action:

  1. The seller has many different types of purebred dogs, or “designer” hybrid breeds.
  2. Puppies are being sold at less than six weeks old.
  3. The seller/breeder is located “in another state” and will ship a puppy without an in-person meeting first.

What does backyard breeder mean?

A backyard breeder is an amateur animal breeder whose breeding is considered substandard, with little or misguided effort towards ethical, selective breeding. Larger commercial operations of a similar type that breed dogs are usually termed a puppy mill (especially in North America) or puppy farm.

How much money do dog breeders make?

An Animal Breeder can get an average compensation of between 24000 – 36000 depending on experience and domain knowledge. Animal Breeders can get an average wage of Thirty Five Thousand Seven Hundred dollars per year.

What is a breeder number?

A Breeder Exemption Number (BEN) may be issued as a Supply Number for a particular dog in specific circumstances and must be used when you give away, sell, advertise or supply that dog.

What is a bin number for dogs?

When you become registered as a dog breeder, you will be issued with a breeder identification number (BIN) which is the supply number for every dog you breed. This supply number must be included in the microchip details for each dog you breed and be displayed when a dog is given away, supplied, sold or advertised.

How can I check if my dog is registered?

Register with

  • The AKC website is the only accurate, up-to-date source for looking up AKC registration numbers.
  • You can also search as a guest, but registering for an account is a good idea.

How can you tell if someone is a backyard breeder?

10 Signs of a Backyard Breeder

  1. The puppies leave mom before 8 weeks of age.
  2. The breeder doesn’t ask you questions.
  3. The breeder breeds several types of dogs.
  4. The breeder breeds several types of dogs.
  5. The breeder always has puppies available.
  6. The breeder isn’t active in breed specific clubs.
  7. The breeder doesn’t encourage you to stay in contact.

Why are backyard breeders bad?

Inadequate nutrition, fleas and worms are common in these situations, placing the welfare of these animals at risk. Backyard breeding contributes to the unwanted companion animal population in the community. Uncontrolled breeding and overpopulation inevitably leads to the euthanasia of healthy unwanted animals.

What questions should I ask a breeder?

Here is a list of questions to consider asking the breeder:

  • Are the puppies’ parents “certified”?
  • What are the sizes of the puppy’s parents?
  • Ask to meet the dogs parents.
  • How have they socialized the pups?
  • What vaccines has the puppy had?
  • Have the puppies been dewormed?
  • Have any of the puppies in the litter been sick?