After what seems to be an eternity of trying to assess whether to get a sheltie or not, you have finally decided to go for it knowing that you are capable enough to care for such a cute dog. The next step would be to look for a sheltie that will make a perfect addition to your family. Potential dog owner can acquire a dog in various ways; from pet shops, from a neighbor or friend whose dog has just given birth, from certified breeders or from dog shelters and rescue groups.
Adopting a pet can be a great idea however, if you want a new puppy, then adopting is out of the story. While most pet shops promise high quality puppies, be aware that many (if not all) of their pets are products of puppy mills. The best way therefore to have the best puppy is to acquire from reputable breeders. Why from reputable breeders? Simply because they have their dog's best interest at heart. They do not sell their puppies to just anyone who appears with money in hand. With reputable breeders, you are less likely to encounter puppies with genetic health problems and behavior problems.
How to choose a reputable breeder then? One of the most common and best ways to find a reputable breeder is by word of mouth. You can ask referrals from your trusted friends, by seeking advice from a veterinarian or from contacting a credible breed club. If you know someone who has a sheltie puppy, ask about their experience from that particular breeder. If the experience doesn't sound good to you, move on to find another breeder.
Schedule to meet the breeder and the puppies. If it is possible the see the parents, the better. A reputable breeder is willingly to meet you as much as you are excited to meet the pup. When visiting, take note of how the dog is taken cared of and the way they are treated. Are they provided with comfortable home and fed with high quality foods? Are they properly socialized and not timid? Take not also of the way the breeder responds to you. A reputable breeder will ask questions such as your home and your family to determine if you are indeed capable to have the pup.
Parents must have gone through different tests to determine if they are carriers of genetic diseases. If there are papers to prove, better take a look at it. Discuss your agreement as to the payment and your expectations. Ask for the breeder's contact details and stay in touch with him.