Photo Credit: Greenfield Puppies Via Facebook

Photo Credit: Greenfield Puppies Via Facebook

Whether you are a family of five or a singleton living in the city, a pet makes for a perfect companion. While many pet stores offer dogs for sale, many question the breeding practices that are utilized for these pooches. If you’re thinking about adopting or purchasing a dog, consider one of these best breeders in the DC area.

DC Dog Finders
(703) 577-1069

DC Dog Finders consists of a “family” of seven in-home dog breeders that reside throughout the DC metro area. Available breeds include cavachons, shichons, havanese, bichon and yorkie poos. Many of the breeders have more than 20 years of experience and guarantee to provide a puppy that is vet checked, de-wormed and up to date with all of their shots. DC Dog Finders also provides a shopping list to ensure you have everything you need for the newest member of your family as well as tips and resources for training and caring for your pup. Visit the website to see pictures of the latest batch of puppies available for adoption.

Blue Angel Pomeranians and Chihuahuas
(410) 456-4783

Prefer to have a pet you can carry around in your purse? Blue Angel Pomeranians and Chihuahuas provides beautiful, fully registered puppies. Many of the pups feature exotic colors, like blue and chocolate, with adorable teddy bear faces. All puppies are AKC and CKC certified, respectfully, well trained and socialized and come with a one-year good health guarantee. Each pup is checked by the vet, de-wormed and up to date with their shots. To help ensure your new pup remains healthy, Blue Angel Pomeranians and Chihuahuas also offers specific guidance and tips for these breeds.

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Greenfield Puppies
(717) 464-1095

Whether you’re searching for a Boston terrier, collie or a maltese mix, Greenfield Puppies has the breed for you. Located in Pennsylvania, Greenfield Puppies consists of a large family of breeders, with more than 200 breeds available to choose from. A team of specialists ensures each puppy is bred using the utmost health and breeding standards. Greenfield Puppies strongly discourages breeding practices that jeopardize the health of the dogs, including puppy mills. Each puppy comes with a good health guarantee. Shipping is available and the costs includes a brand new carrier, bedding and a small food and water dish.

Vom Airmont German Shepherds
(703) 869-1137

Locally based Vom Airmont takes breeding German shepherds seriously. Only those with the best bloodlines are chosen for this breeding program, thus producing puppies that have a great temperament, health and conformation. The breeding program follows the standards established by various associations and organizations specific to the German shepherds breed, including the Association of German Shepherd Dogs. In addition to breeding, Vom Airmont German Shepherds provides puppy and obedience training as well. The four-week course introduces the basics to your puppy through positive reinforcement as well as puppy playtime.

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Liberty Run Goldens
(410) 549-2911

If you’ve always wanted a golden retriever, then consider paying a visit to Liberty Run Goldens. Located in Sykesville, Liberty Run Goldens breeds happy, healthy and smart golden retriever puppies right in its own backyard. Each puppy comes with special certifications, including original clearances from the parent puppies, as well as a one-year good health guarantee, a microchip and current immunizations and shots. Liberty Run Goldens’ puppies are also well socialized, familiar with house training practices and more than ready to start a bond with their new family. Adopting families will receive AKC registration papers, feeding and general care instruction plus instructions on how to crate train their puppy.

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