Less than 10 percent of the breeder partners who enter the company's review process are accepted into the network.
PuppySpot's proprietary standards go significantly above and beyond federal and state regulations. Check out some of the protocols and requirements within our comprehensive standards manual.Learn More
PuppySpot's Scientific Advisory Board, comprised of experts in veterinary medicine, animal sciences and dog welfare, enhances PuppySpot's standards with substantive, science-based standards of practice.Learn More
PuppySpot uses a data-driven system to evaluate tens of thousands of breeders across the nation, thoroughly screening them to create an exclusive network of breeder partners committed to dog welfare.Learn More
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 tens of thousands of breeder partners. The Board members' expertise spans fields
relevant to ensuring the physical, emotional and long-term health of breeding dogs and puppies
placed through PuppySpot's exclusive network of responsible breeders.
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:
Dr. John J. Goldberg PhD, is the founder of Science Based Strategies, a Washington, DC based food, agriculture and environmental policy consulting firm, and Partner at The Normandy Group, LLC, a government relations firm. Prior to his move to the private sector, Dr. Goldberg served 22 years as Senior Scientist on the House Committee on Agriculture in the United States Congress. In this role, Dr. Goldberg was the principal policy advisor to seven Chairmen and was responsible for numerous titles and subtitles of the last four farm bills. Dr. Goldberg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Rutgers University, and a Master of Science and Doctorate in Animal and Food Sciences, and Microbiology from the University of Vermont.
Dr. Raymond Anthony, PhD, of the University of Alaska Anchorage is a Professor of Philosophy, specializing in environmental, food, animal and agricultural ethics. Dr. Anthony also serves as Ethics Advisor for the American Veterinary Medical Association's Animal Welfare Committee and Panels on Euthanasia, Humane Slaughter and Depopulation. Based in Alaska, he has a PhD and master's degree from Purdue University, and a bachelor's degree in psychology and philosophy from Millikin University.
Dr. Ron DeHaven, DVM and President of DeHaven Veterinary Solutions, is the top official at the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), he was responsible for administering the Animal Welfare Act, protecting and promoting American agriculture, and carrying out wildlife damage management activities. Based in Maryland, Dr. DeHaven received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Purdue University, and has a master's degree in business administration from Millsaps College.
Kimberly Woodruff, DVM, is a graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine with a Master’s degree in Veterinary Science. In 2012, she joined the MSU-CVM faculty as a clinical instructor in Shelter Medicine. She became an assistant clinical professor in 2014 and assumed the position as director of the MSU-CVM shelter medicine program in 2015. She was board certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 2016 and board certified in Veterinary Epidemiology in 2017. Most recently, Dr. Woodruff and her colleagues completed large scale censuses concerning animal shelters and the fate of dogs entering shelters in the United States.
Based in Ohio, Dr. Aaron Wise graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and has a master's degree in Animal Sciences. Dr. Wise studied under Dr. Joe Hogan and Dr. Larry Smith with a focus on mastitis research. He has also contributed to studies on canine disease.
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.
Minimum of 1.5 years of experience in canine breeding and a minimum of two litters.
A background check of each breeder's history, including available public records, and any contact the breeder has had with animal control agencies.
Must be knowledgeable of and in compliance with all federal, state and local licensing requirements.
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.