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At Whispering Pines Farm Miniature Dachshunds in Corryton, Tennessee, we did some research on what traits make up a reputable breeder. We have compiled this research into a list below. We are happy to say that we hit most of these bullet points and made adjustments to our program to include the ones we didn't.


Of course, some of these "shoulds" are suggestions, but we want to be the best we can be and protect the puppies we bring into the world as much as possible. That being said, we have implemented a puppy questionnaire/application to assist us in finding the best homes we can for our puppies.


In addition, we are requiring a spay/neuter contract with full registration rights going to approved breeders only. We have been approved to be a CKC Preferred Breeder and we are also in AKC's Bred with H.E.A.R.T. Program.


We are currently taking an AKC Breeder class for certification. If you haven't caught on by now, we take our breeding program and our dogs VERY seriously. These programs do cost money, but we feel it is well worth it in the end.

Qualities of a Reputable Breeder

  • Should be very knowledgeable and know all the standards of their breed
  • Should ask you to fill out a puppy application/questionnaire
  • Should ask you several questions about yourself, your lifestyle, and your family situation
  • Should patiently answer all your questions even after you've taken the pet home
  • Should ask you to sign a sales contract and spay/neuter agreement

  • Should have pictures/videos of their puppies and have dog areas such as kennel or puppy nursery available
  • Should have good reviews from previous buyers or references
  • Should have purebred CKC- and/or AKC-registered adults as their breeding dogs
  • Should show you the puppy’s mother and father and let you interact with them
  • Should provide you with the puppy’s pedigree that will contain several generations of history

  • Should provide you with proper health records for the puppy
  • Should provide you with a puppy starter kit, including breed information, transition kibble, care, etc.
  • Should encourage you to call them if your dog has a crisis at any stage of its life
  • Will always take a dog back if you can no longer care for it

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Additionally, any purchaser should observe the breeder premises. Notice if the house/kennel is clean and odor free. Dogs and puppies should be clean, well fed, lively, and friendly. Look for signs of malnutrition such as protruding rib cages or illness such as runny nose/eyes, coughing, lethargy, and skin sores.


You should pay attention to how the dogs and puppies interact with their breeder. Does the breeder appear to genuinely care for the puppies and their adult dogs?


Remember, choosing to purchase a puppy from a puppy mill or from places such as Craig’s List may save you money on the purchase price, but you may end up paying more than you bargained for in an unsocialized, unhealthy puppy, which can lead to high vet bills in the future. Getting a dog is at least a 15-year commitment. Start out right by selecting a reputable breeder.

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