PuppySpot.com was started, in part, to help address the obstacles inherent in the system for finding a puppy through a responsible source. We believe we have an ethical responsibility to leverage our network of responsible breeder partners as central figures in the fight for humane treatment of all dogs.
PuppySpot has set a new industry benchmark with proprietary standards that go significantly above and beyond federal and state regulations. We've outlined below the categories we look at as well as just a few examples of protocols and requirements within our robust, comprehensive standards manual. Learn More >
PuppySpot's Scientific Advisory Board, comprised of national experts in veterinary medicine, animal sciences and dog welfare, continuously enhances PuppySpot's industry-leading standards with substantive, in-depth, science-based standards of practice for the company and its breeder partners. Learn More >
PuppySpot uses an exclusive, data-driven system to evaluate tens of thousands of breeders across the nation, thoroughly screening them to create an exclusive network of breeders committed to the humane treatment of all dogs. Learn More >
PuppySpot only works with the nation's highest-quality, responsible breeders - less than 10 percent of the breeder partners who enter the company's review process are accepted into the network.
PuppySpot has set a new industry benchmark with proprietary standards that go significantly above and beyond federal and state regulations. We've outlined below the categories we look at as well as just a few examples of protocols and requirements within our robust, comprehensive standards manual.
We ask that a breeder maintain a formal relationship with an attending veterinarian who is USDA-accredited, maintain a Program of Veterinary Care (a PVC) and provide details on the visit frequency and activities of attending veterinarians. The health and wellness of every puppy is paramount in everything we do and that's why we scrutinize the reporting and addressing of any issues, health and behavior assessments, grooming, health records and quarantine.
Caring for puppies and their parents on a daily basis is about more than just government standards and health evaluations, and we closely manage breeders' standards for everything from food and water to socialization, exercise and enrichment. Breeders are required to regularly provide healthy, clean food and water in safe containers that are sanitized appropriately. It also outlines that we expect breeders to consider the behavioral needs of their dogs and puppies by providing socialization, human interaction and desensitization.
The living spaces for every dog must meet minimum space requirements, structural soundness and usage of preferred, safe, eco-friendly materials. This includes aesthetics, ventilation, temperatures, noise, outdoor facilities, flooring, lighting, bedding, cleaning, pest control and storage. It covers the security and safety of fences and requires that breeders maintain fully functional utilities such as water, power/gas, drains and smoke/monoxide detectors.
We require every breeder to conduct appropriate and comprehensive training, to maintain adequate staffing level to maintain regular and quality care for every puppy and parent, and staff supervision that gets into the tiniest of details (such as the standards for staff washrooms).
As part of our commitment to addressing every possible aspect of animal welfare, our standards also address transportation regulations and PuppySpot's travel services working directly with major airlines and ground transporters to book safe and comfortable transport.
The PuppySpot Scientific Advisory Board's mandate is to continuously enhance PuppySpot's
industry-leading standards with substantive, in-depth, science-based standards of practice for the
company and its thousands of breeder partners. The Board leveraged PuppySpot's more than a decade of
experience of placing more than 150,000 puppies, and it took nearly an additional year's worth of
intensive research, outreach and coordination with leaders in the public, private, veterinary and
academic sectors to develop the right team, create a structure and establish a path forward. The
Board members' expertise spans fields relevant to ensuring the physical, emotional and long-term
health of breeding dogs and their puppies placed through PuppySpot's exclusive network of
The Board is committed to constantly improving, refining and clarifying our standards to ensure they guarantee animal welfare. Using their wide range of professional expertise, the Board members scrutinize PuppySpot's requirements to ensure the physical and psychological health of all dogs in our exclusive network. Through PuppySpot's ongoing commitment to the wellbeing of dogs, utilizing the Board, we are raising the bar for canine welfare together.
PuppySpot is honored to have the assistance and expertise of its Chairman and current Board members:
Of the nine pillars of standards governing PuppySpot's breeders, three of those categories are dedicated solely to breeder vetting. Our deep focus and attention to detail in this area help to ensure we maintain the most exclusive network of the nation's most responsible breeders.
There is a formal process for breeder application that requires paperwork, interviews, provision of living environment photos or videos and independent verification of data to ensure a breeder's high level of experience through pre-screening and ongoing review of ownership, operational history, field visits, criminal background checks, facility review, compliance evaluation, government and humanitarian data base review and veterinarian information.
PuppySpot is licensed and inspected by the USDA. While we do not breed dogs ourselves, we have identified and work with a select network of breeders nationwide. Each of these breeder partners is thoroughly screened prior to receiving authorization to join the PuppySpot network.
To ensure that a breeder is knowledgeable of and in compliance with all licensing requirements at every level and uses the USDA Animal Care Blue Book and USDA licensing requirements as key reference points for establishing best practices, the PuppySpot Scientific Advisory Board set standards that are above and beyond anything set by the government.