First and foremost, please ask many, many questions.
Your choice of breeder is probably the most crucial decision that you will make regarding your new addition - not only in increasing the odds of a healthy and sound puppy; but, by supporting a responsible and ethical breeder, you are helping to improve the future of the breed. You are also (hopefully) initiating a relationship that will last a decade or more and may become an invaluable source of knowledge and support.
Finding a Swissy from a reputable breeder can be a very discouraging endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be! Before trying to get on a breeder’s list for a puppy, ask to meet some Swissys in your area. Most good breeders know other owners that are within a couple of hours from you, so ask for contacts to meet them. Ask for possible shows or events where Swissys might be near you.
I can’t stress this enough: please do your research! Several breeders have very extensive webpages on what it’s like to live with a Swissy and what health problems can arise. So, read everything you can and ask questions. There’s nothing better than an informed puppy buyer! You can stack the deck in your favor by doing enough research that you can speak knowledgeably about the breed and ask poignant questions. The best breeders are not only willing to answer all of your questions, but they will want to work with you because you’ve asked the tough questions!
Even some really exceptional breeders may not reply to your emails right away. Please understand that this is because we are producing litters out of love for the breed, not to profit as a business. Because of this, we have lives and careers and families. These are breeders who are aiming to improve the breed and are therefore breeding very carefully and selectively, so they may have only one or two litters a year. They also probably have a waiting list of prospective new homes for their puppies, so they can be very selective in their search for great homes.
It’s not uncommon to wait 6-12 months for a Swissy puppy from a good breeder. So, please be patient and do not be tempted to lean instead toward the proliferate breeder who wants your money and is therefore exercising better response times and sales & marketing.
While the focus is to help you to make the most informed decisions, we carry the assumption that you’ve already done enough research to have determined that you are committed to this breed as your new addition for his or her entire life, regardless of excessive shedding, food bills, the time and effort required in training, the potential costs of surgery after bloat or splenic torsion, or possibily even the emotional toll of seeing your dog in the midst of cluster grand-mal seizures because every pedigree contains some epilepsy.
So, considering that you will probably be paying $2000-$2500 for a puppy that will be a part of your home and a part of your life for the next 10 years or more, if you don’t want to do a little due diligence, then please consider rescuing a dog from your local shelter instead. If you do choose to embark on this rewarding journey, then follow the tabs on the left for a few helpful steps to get you started.