Be S M A R T !
Always buy from a breeder you can speak with directly and not have any middle-man or broker as part of your relationship with the breeder.
Always buy from a breeder that has verifiable references from professional trainers, previous adoptive families, or vets. Do a search on the Better Business Bureau website to confirm that the business has no complaints or has settled all complaints.
Verify the breeder's reputation by speaking with other families that have adopted puppies from them to make sure the puppies come from quality adult breeding dogs and that the breeder is honest and ethical. Ask to see the buyer's contract and health warranty documents BEFORE you buy. Go by contract and not just conversation.
When considering any business, BE SURE to do a GOOGLE search for the
business or the website name followed by the words "complaints" or "reviews". If there have been problems, various websites for rip-off reporting and consumer complaints will come up.
DEAL DIRECTLY WITH YOUR BREEDER. GET REFERENCES. YOU DON'T NEED ANYONE BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR BREEDER!
Single out a few good breeders
Make inquiries and do Google searches
Always talk directly to the breeders, no middle man
References - get them from previous buyers
Take the time to read written contracts & health warranties