When purchasing the perfect companion, the easiest route would be purchasing from a pet store, especially if you're looking for something non specific when walking through the doors, however, depending on the pet store, many owners don't know nor do they question where the dog(s) came from. A reputable pet store owner should be able to provide such information. If they can't, that's a red light indication to find your companion elsewhere. Although understandably tedious, research is important as you need to be aware of the medical history, especially down the road. I talk to too many customers daily who didn't asked the right questions during purchasing, therefore, are at a road block when a serious condition arises with their pet.
The following are questions that you should ask a certified breeder (if going that route).
1. First and foremost, buyers background. Visit the mill and check out the living and care conditions in which the pups are raised before sale. Ask for references and check up on them.
2. Registration with the AKC (American Kennel Club).
3. Internet advertising. The internet may be an easier route, however, anyone can lie over the internet and paste false pictures of the pets and associated conditions. The best thing is to see the conditions in person before purchasing.
5. Expect to be interviewed as though you were adopting a child from another country. It's a red flag if the breeders let anyone walk off the street to purchase a pup. Reputable breeders put the interest of the animals before profits.
This is just a few points to assist in finding a dog. For more information you can always consult your local vet who will assist you to ensure that you're bringing home a healthy, loving dog.
Luv Sheila & Freedom (my black lab)