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The Helena Mt Kennel Club can often help you find a responsible breeder of the breed of dog you are looking for. First you need to do your homework.

Decide if this dog will be an indoor or outdoor dog, if you are willing to do a lot of grooming, if he has to get along well with children, if he will have a job to do etc. The library or local bookstores are good places to start. Books about a specific breed can provide you with specific details on a breed and some things to watch out for such as genetic problems in the breed.

The AKC web site can direct you to the web sites for the various national organizations, or Parent Club, for each breed. From there you should be able to contact that club for specific questions and a list of breeders.

If you have no idea what breed you are interested in there are several good books such as The Right Dog For You, which has very good information on temperment, health and care needs.You can also try some of the interactive on-line surveys to help you. One is available at this site: http://www.selectsmart.com/DOG/.

If you are thinking that a puppy is a lot of work and are willing to provide a home for an older dog there are numerous rescue organizations that can help match you up to a dog in need of a new home. A good place to begin your search for a breed specific rescue group is the AKC site.

Rough Coated Collie


The Collie is an example of a breed that takes a lot of grooming and coat care.

Before you purchase a puppy make sure:

  • he has been home raised and well socialized
  • is up to date on vaccinations and worming.
  • you purchase directly from the breeder, not from a middleman.
  • You should be wary of anyone who will not let you come and see the parents of the puppies or where they were raised.
  • Do not hesitate to ask the breeder a lot of questions about the breed, her dogs and any guarantees she is providing.
  • In turn expect a responsible breeder to ask you questions about your lifestyle that might affect the prospects of her dog fitting into your home.
  • A responsible breeder should be there to answer your dog questions throughout the life of your dog and to help you rehome him should this be necessary.
  • A good breeder knows her breed and has the best interest of her dogs in mind.

The Chinese Crested is a hairless dog that takes very little grooming but must be kept indoors and protected from both the cold and the sun. Chinese Crested
The Helena Kennel Club may be able to provide you with the name(s) of a breeder or owner of that breed in Montana. That person in turn should be able to provide you with some specific information and the names of breeders. Contact the HMKC for a referral.
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