Purebred Dog Breeders’ Referral Service is a Massachusetts non-profit corporation that has been connecting people looking for a specific breed of dog or puppy with reputable breeders of that breed living in the area for over 30 years. There is no charge for our service — you can get breeders’ names and phone/email for free from our website. The breeders listed in our service are all members in good standing of the AKC clubs that support our organization. See the clubs that are part of our referral service, with links to their websites.
Is there a breed you have had your eye on, or are you confused about how to select a dog? In either case, you should do some homework to make sure that you select the right breed for you, your family, and your lifestyle. The benefits of selecting a purebred dog from a reputable breeder with multiple generations experience breeding that breed compared to an unknown background mixed or “designer” breed is:
- much greater predictability in the dog’s size as an adult;
- type of coat and the care it will require as an adult;
- the dog’s eventual temperament and disposition–these are highly genetically driven based on the family of dogs it is bred from; and
- the dog’s genetic health given the genetic health screening tests suggested for that particular breed.
Knowing what your cute puppy will look like and the kind of care he will need as an adult is a key in selecting the right puppy for you. This is the major problem with purchasing many “designer breeds” or mixed breed dogs–there is much less predictibility. That cute little mixed breed puppy could grow up to be a 100 pound burden on your lifestyle.
Collie Club of New England
Eastern Dog Club
Framingham District Kennel Club
Great Dane Club of New England
Ladies Dog Club
Minuteman Samoyed Club
New England Old English Sheepdog Rescue
New England Terrier Club