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How To Find A Breeder To Adopt Your Service Prospect
Updated: Mar 2
Service dog breeders do not participate in traditional forms of marketing so they are often difficult to locate.
Unfortunately, even if you know the hallmarks of a good breeder finding one is still difficult for most people. This is because, unlike other professions, reliable breeders do not participate in mass marketing efforts. Their client list is often built through referrals, word of mouth, and local breed clubs. This means that if you are not active in the dog breeding community, you might not know where to start. We're here to help.
1 . ) Facebook Group
The service dog community is very large but often tight-knit. The easiest place to contact other handlers is to join a Facebook group. Ask others in the group who their breeder is and what their experiences are. In addition, there are Facebook groups dedicated to reviewing the quality of breeders. Using these groups to research breeders will help you weed out backyard breeders.
2 . ) AKC website
Once you know the breed of dog you're searching for you can look up breeders on the AKC website. You can filter your search through location and variety to find the nearest breeder for you. The listings include contact information and details about the breeder.
3. ) Service Dog Organizations
Organizations that train service dogs will often work with one reliable breeder. Find one that has proven to train reliable service dogs and try to get in contact with a representative from the company and ask them for information regarding who their breeder is. Typically they will have their contact information on their website.