Puppy Buying Tip: Ask to See the Parents of the Puppy
One of the ways you can make sure you are getting a healthy puppy from a reputable breeder is to ask to see the puppy’s parents. This is particularly important if you are purchasing a purebred puppy for competitions. Like potential spouses, there is a lot you can learn about your dog just by meeting his or her parents. The puppy’s parents should be healthy and well adjusted.
This indicates the breeder takes good care of the pets under his or her care. Play with the parents to get a sense of their temperaments because you can expect your own dog to display the same attitude. Other things you should consider is their fur and how much they shed (especially if you have allergies), their playfulness, energy levels, their teeth, and their overall appearance.
If the breeder makes multiple excuses for why you can’t meet the parents, walk away. Oftentimes this is sign that they are hiding something, and there are too many breeders around to deal with sketchy behavior.