Puppy Buying Questions

Use these questions when talking with a breeder
  1. Do you show your dogs?
    1. IF NO, Why? What is your main reason for breeding?
      • DYHAS notes: Gauge this question carefully. "Because I like the breed" is not an acceptable answer. Try to determine if money is the factor.
    2. IF YES, How long have you been showing?
      • DYHAS notes: This is a good thing and should be treated as a positive.
    3. Breeder Answer:
  2. Are you a member of the Great Dane Club of America?
    1. IF NO, Why?
      • DYHAS notes: Reputable breeders should be members of the governing body of Great Dane standards. If the breeder tries to dispel the importance it should be a red flag.
    2. IF YES, Continue to next question.
      • DYHAS notes: This is a good thing and should be treated as a positive.
    3. Breeder Answer:
  3. Have the parents been health checked for Hip Dysplasia, Thyroid, Eyes, and DCM? How about the grandparents?
    1. IF NO, Why?
      • DYHAS notes: This should be a red flag. If the breeder doesn't feel it necessary to health test, then chances are they care little about the quality of puppies they are producing.
    2. IF YES, follow up with "Do you have the health tests documentation?"
      • DYHAS notes: This is a very big positive. Be sure to follow up by actually viewing the documentation. People do lie.
    3. Breeder Answer:
  4. Does your contract stipulate return of the dog if something where to happen and you were no longer able to care for it?
    1. IF NO, Why?
      • DYHAS notes: This should be a big red flag that the breeder cares little for the dogs she is producing.
    2. IF YES, move on to next question."
      • DYHAS notes: This is a good thing. Breeders who care about the dogs they breed will want them back in a case where you can no longer care for them.
    3. Breeder Answer:
  5. Do you have breeding restrictions on your dogs?
    1. IF NO, Why?
      • DYHAS notes: This is a red flag. Reputable breeders will stipulate that you get your Dane spayed or neutered. This is because they care about their lines and do not want non-conforming dogs to be bred.
    2. IF YES, follow up with "Do you have an age by which they need to be spayed or neutered?"
      • DYHAS notes: The newer train of thought is Danes should not be neutered or spayed until after 1 year of age due to the hormones involved with bone growth.
    3. Breeder Answer:
  6. Can we visit the dogs before purchasing?
    1. IF NO, Why?
      • DYHAS notes: This should be a red flag and quite honestly a deal-breaker. One can only wonder, what are they hiding? You should be able to see the conditions of the dogs prior to agreeing to purchase.
    2. IF YES, Move to next question
      • DYHAS notes: This is a good thing. Move to next question.
    3. Breeder Answer:
  7. Do you offer a money back guarantee pursuant to my veterinary examination
    1. IF NO, Why?
      • DYHAS notes: This should be a red flag. Reputable breeders will allow you to take the puppy to the vet and should be willing to give your money back, or supply another puppy if the vet finds any abnormalities.
    2. IF YES, follow up with "Do you have the health tests documentation?"
      • DYHAS notes: This is a very big positive.
    3. Breeder Answer:

Additional Notes:

(use your best judgment on the answers given above to give the breeder a pass or fail grade. If failed, move on, no matter how cute the puppy looks in a picture.)