Standards & Screening

Standards & Screening was founded as a rebuttal to puppy mills and puppy farms. These facilities are commercial dog breeding facilities, characterized by quick breeding and poor conditions. Dogs from puppy mills or puppy farms often have health issues and social problems. This is due to skipping the process of proper socialization, bad breeding and poor living conditions. Luckily, there are a lot of breeders out there who genuinely care about their dogs, adhere to the breeding guidelines and do anything to find a new and warm home for our four-legged friends. offers responsible breeders and reliable kennels a transparent platform where people can find their newest family member and be assured that the pups have been well taken care of. The well-being of the puppy is our number one priority. When making decisions about breeding programs, responsible breeders always prioritize the health and well-being of their breeding dogs above all else, including financial gain. Responsible breeders should raise their animals with the intent to produce healthy dogs and to ensure that all animals are provided responsible homes and socialization. The socialization period in a puppy occurs between the ages of 4 weeks and up to 14 weeks of age. This period is crucial for adult development as almost all adult abilities are learned during this stage. Every breeder and kennel on our website must pass our screening process and must meet our standards before joining Here is how we do it.
Our screening process
  1. Is the breeder a registered kennel?

If a breeder is legitimate, they will have registered their dogs with a national kennel club or breed-specific organization. This is the equivalent of obtaining a birth certificate for a child. These organizations require breeders to provide information on the parents of the litter and the breeders themselves. This way they can keep track of all transactions and bloodlines to ensure proper breeding practices. If a breeder is not registered with an organization, it is likely they have not done their due diligence and are irresponsible. Non-registered breeders are to be avoided at all cost, our screening team takes this seriously in the acceptance
  1. What facilities does the breeder have?

Professional breeders provide a spatial environment for their dogs and create a homelike atmosphere. Puppies can best grow up in domestic conditions. This way they get used to everything they will have to deal with later in life as a domestic dog. It is important that this happens at a young age. Young puppies are open to new experiences and all kinds of new brain structures are created. Puppies that don't experience enough new things and aren’t socialized properly, can quickly become afraid of everything they don't know. Moreover, it is very difficult and sometimes impossible to catch up at a later age.
A puppy that grows up in a house gets used to people walking around, visits, any other pets and all domestic noises such as the dreaded vacuum cleaner. The litter can therefore best be raised with the breeder and its family. It is detrimental for the development of the pup if the litter is somewhere in a barn or kennel where the animals doesn't get enough contact with the normal daily things they will encounter in their later life. Research shows that puppies growing up inside are less likely to develop anxiety and aggression problems. It is also good if the puppies have experiences outdoors, such as playing in the yard or hearing traffic noises.
  1. The kennel must comply with the following guidelines

  • The mom must be present with the puppies: It is very important that the mother dog is present with the litter. The behavior of the mother is often seen reflected in the puppies. Moreover, it is very important for the upbringing that puppies learn from their mother. She learns them how to behave, the difference between play biting and actual biting and what natural dog behavior looks like.
  • The puppies have a vaccination certificate: kennels should be able to provide the new owners with a vaccination certificate proving that the dog is vaccinated against Dog Disease, Parvo, Weil Disease (Leptospirosis) and HCC (hepatitis, inflammation of the liver).
  • The puppies are chipped: It is important to ensure the puppy is microchipped. If the dog gets lost, you are far more likely to be reunited if the dog is microchipped.


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