5 Tips to choosing the right Teddy Bear Puppy Breeder

How to choose the right Teddy Bear dog breeder

Choosing the correct Teddy Bear puppy can be a difficult decision.  Most first-time puppy buyers have a number of questions running through their head:

Where do I start looking?

Are there any Teddy Bear breeders near us?

Which breeders can we trust?

TeddyBearPuppieslitterThese are all important questions and making sure you find a breeder that is local, trustworthy, and humane is extremely important.  At miniteddybearpuppies.com we hope to be able to help you answer all three of those questions by providing you with information on trusted Teddy Bear and Mini Teddy Bear breeders across the country.  However, it will be important that you also “do your homework” and make sure that the breeder you choose is the right one for you.

5 Tips for choosing the right breeder:

1. Call and talk to them over the phone

Sometimes our intuition can be our best guide.  Be sure to call and talk to your breeder before deciding to make a purchase on-line.  Talking person-to-person over the phone can often give you a good idea about what type of individual you will be dealing with.  If they seem genuine, courteous, and helpful over the phone, then chances are they are like that in real life as well.  If they are short, rude, seem bothered or agitated, then you may want to reconsider doing business with them.

It can be easy for a jerk to put up a website that looks great, or sound genuine over an e-mail.  Ensure that you are comfortable talking with them over the phone.  A good rule of thumb is: Do they sound like a person you would enjoy spending a two hour car ride with?  If not then you may want to reconsider and look for a better option.  After all, nice people usually raise nice puppies.

2. Have a detailed set of questions to ask them

This can be done in person, but we recommend doing it during that initial phone conversation.  Asking a set of specific questions will let you know two things: How knowledgeable the breeder is, and if they are willing to take the time to help you out.  You definitely want to find a breeder who is extremely knowledgeable about their Teddy’s, it is a good sign that they have experience as a breeder and are doing things to ensure your puppy is healthy from the time they are born to the time they arrive at your house. Some example questions include:

a. What shots and vaccinations have the puppies had?
– What shots will they need in the future?
b. Have they had any training at all?
c. What type of solid foods have the puppies been eating?
d. How many breeding dogs do you own?
e. How long have you been breeding Teddy Bear Dogs?

The answers to these questions can give you some insight into the breeder’s knowledge and the type of business that they run.

3.  Ask for three references from customers in the past year

Getting to hear about other people’s experience with this breeder can give you some valuable insight into the experience you are about to go through.  Asking for recent references will give you a current idea about how the buying process will go for you.  If the breeder is apprehensive or hesitant to give you any references, that may not be a good sign.  If he is more than happy to give you the information, call at least one of the references and ask about their experience with the breeder and how they like their Teddy.  This can also give you valuable insight into how the puppies are acting once they move to their forever home.

4. Ask to take a tour of their breeding facilities

For some breeders this will be a very small area, for others, it could be very large.  Make sure that the breeder is keeping their dogs in a humane environment, the way that you would expect from a responsible person to keep them. The dogs should not be overpopulated, dirty, or living in foul smells.  They should have a spacious environment with an area to run outside.

Make a note of the disposition of the dogs you see, do they look happy and healthy?  Are they being well-fed and groomed properly?  Matted hair, long cracked nails, and sores around the mouth and feet can all be signs of dogs who are not taken care of in a proper way.  Make sure you are comfortable with the environment your puppy is coming from, and resist the urge to “rescue” a dog from a poor environment.  This will only enable a poor breeder to continue their poor breeding practices.

5. Choose your breeder BEFORE you choose your puppy

It can be very easy to “fall in love” with a puppy you see on-line, especially a Teddy Bear puppy.  Some people even make the decision to buy a particular puppy before they have done any other research.  Resist this urge!  Don’t make a decision to buy until you have weighed all the factors.  It is very important that you choose a puppy who is happy, healthy AND comes from a reputable breeder that you have checked out.

Go into the process with an open mind, be ready to walk away if the breeder doesn’t meet your high standards.  This not only will ensure that you get a healthy, happy puppy, but it will also ensure that poor breeders do not get business until they improve their standards and practices.

Teddy Bear puppies are incredible dogs, and when you find the right breeder, you will find the right puppy.  Be sure that you are very diligent in your selection process.  You will be living with this puppy for the next 10-12 years, make sure you choose a puppy and a breeder who will make the process as smooth as possible.

For more tips on choosing the right breeder, check out this article by Humane Society.

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  • February 18, 2016, 3:53 pm

    I am looking for a mature, adult teddybear dog (approximately 6-7 years old)–

  • Lillie Hundown
    August 11, 2016, 3:45 am

    Looking for a teddy bear puppies

  • Tara
    September 5, 2016, 12:58 pm

    Looking for reputable shicon puppy !!! Thank u

  • Can u recommend a breeder in NJ ? Thank you for your assistance
    December 5, 2016, 3:21 am

    Can you please recommend a Mimi Teddy Bear In
    New Jersey?

  • October 6, 2017, 3:15 am

    Iam looking to buy a teddy bear puppy a female. I can’t go in t a high price for the dog but I know they are not cheap. I would love to have one to love. Could I get some prices? My husband and I are 70 year’s old we would love the companion ship of a teddy bear puppy. Thank you Florence.

  • Isabel
    February 5, 2018, 1:14 am

    I’m looking for a white male mini teddy bear puppy

  • Shawn Enarson
    March 25, 2018, 1:58 am

    Great information, I will put it to use before purchasing my Teddy Bear Puppy

  • Shawn Enarson
    March 25, 2018, 2:00 am

    Do you know of any great breeders in the Orange County, California area

  • Bonnie wing
    April 25, 2018, 12:22 pm

    Live in Maine in the summer, florida in the winter, we r looking for a teddy bear pup as our Molly is 15 blind and deaf other wise still in good health but know she won’t be around to much longer.. I have been getting all the info I can on the teddy bear puppies and I think this would be a good match for my husband and I.. we r retired and have plenty of time to be with the pup..would like to hear more from u about purchasing one..thanks Bonnie

  • Shiela kaufman
    June 22, 2018, 10:22 pm

    We are looking for a young house trained shichon close to MEMPHIS, TN

  • chris
    August 9, 2018, 3:46 pm

    looking for a Teddy Bear puppie

  • Dixie Britton
    October 11, 2018, 4:12 pm

    Could you tell me if there is a good Teadybear puppy breeder in the Bloomington IN area

  • Patty Yamashta
    May 6, 2019, 2:27 am

    Oregon breeders of teddy bear puppies

  • Kathleen Boteler
    October 17, 2019, 3:08 am

    I would love a teddy bear puppy I had very bad luck with a breeder from Amite Louisiana the puppy wAs a Maltese Snow White only had two days called them told them something not right that looked like puppy could be having seizures they said no way blood sugar must be dropping to rum sugar on gums I told them I would do that but was going to bring her to all night Vet in Metairie she said no meet her right away and her vet would meet her at her place to check out she looked at puppy when I handed it to her and said gums are still pink I am sure am she is fine the next day she called and said she died I was heart broken my husband cried that was in September I would love a white female teddy bear or even a tiny Maltipoo but not from them I am scared of what is going on I want a good breeder who knows and cares about those babies would rather a text 504/400-2986

  • Katrina Roberts
    November 16, 2019, 1:37 am

    I’m looking for a Teddy bear puppy 8 weeks old. Male or female. I’m in Tampa Bay Area Please send info & video of puppies

  • Nancy Morgan
    January 27, 2021, 4:37 pm

    Looking for a Zuchon breeder in Virginia, West Virginia or northern or central North Carolina. I am from Roanoke VA. Would like a girl puppy.

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