For people looking to purchase a purebred dog, the Seattle area is a wonderful place to begin. According to a recent survey, Seattle ranks as the sixth best city for dogs in the United States and appropriately, Seattle also has numerous local dog breeders that consistently meet high ethical and breed-specific standards. Most of the locations are either half an hour to a little over an hour’s drive away, so that you don’t have to go too far to get your dream pet. With 11 off-leash dog parks, numerous dog-friendly venues, multiple veterinary options and a wide array of retail establishments catering to pets, Seattle is the perfect place for pooches and their people. From shih tzus to newfoundlands, dogs can be found in great abundance and variety in Seattle parks, beaches and sidewalks.
Abelard Golden Retrievers
Mount Vernon, WA
Abelard is an AKC Breeder of Merit that has been breeding healthy, sound, intelligent golden retrievers for more than 20 years. Abelard is located one hour north of Seattle, Washington and is a member of the Evergreen Golden Retriever Club and the Golden Retriever Club of America. As a member of the Evergreen Golden Retriever Club, Abelard has signed a Code of Ethics to breed better golden retrievers. Abelard requires potential adopters to provide references, have fenced yards, participate in puppy obedience courses and to spay and neuter their puppies to prevent potential unwanted litters. Abelard believes in providing for their puppies throughout their lives. Anyone who adopts a puppy from Abelard must also agree to return the puppy during any point in its life if an adopter is no longer able to keep the puppy.
Kraftwerk K9, Inc.
Wayne Curry and Family
11303 183rd Ave. S.W.
Rochester, WA 98579
German shepherd dogs are known for their loyalty, intelligence, agility, dependability and highly protective tendencies. Kraftwerk K9 has been breeding intelligent, highly adaptable working German shepherds for 26 years. Wayne Curry founded Kraftwerk K9 and he has been recognized in competitions worldwide, winning regional and national championships for the training and breeding of German shepherd dogs. Kraftwerk K9 is located approximately 80 miles south of Seattle, Washington. To date, Kraftwerk K9 is the sole American German shepherd dog breeder to be represented by three dogs at Germany’s most prestigious Schutzhund event, the BSP. The three elements of Schutzhund are protection, tracking and obedience.
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Kristin and Andy Smith
Edmonds, WA 98020
With their friendly, affectionate dispositions, ease of training and desire to please, it’s no wonder why labrador retrievers are rated number one among Seattle-area dog lovers. Seaside labradors, located just north of Seattle, Washington, is a member of the Puget Sound Labrador Retriever Association and it participates in therapy dog work, obedience and hunt work. Seaside looks to breed dogs that are loyal and adaptable with wonderful temperaments and conformation. Seaside takes great care in the health of the dogs by radiographing their hips and elbows, screening for dental conformation and screening for vision and heart health.
Greg and Heidi Mohn
Covington, WA 98042
King Charles Cavaliers are playful, gentle, affectionate and surprisingly athletic. Covington Cavaliers, which is an AKC Breeder of Merit, has been breeding these dogs since 1994 and is located one hour south of Seattle in the foothills of Mount Rainier. With more than 100 titled dogs, this breeder has achieved a great level of success in the dog show arena, with the #1 Agility Cavalier in the United States, three AKC Grand Champions, 57 AKC Champions and 22 CKCSC-USA Champions. Covington Cavaliers is also ranked in the all-time top 10 for breeders of CKCSC-USA Champions.
Tidewater French Bulldogs
Guemes Island, WA 98221
French bulldogs are sweet, affectionate and patient companions who are typically excellent with children. Sue Everett began Tidewater French Bulldogs and for more than 20 years, Tidewater has bred and shown French bulldogs. As a small breeder, it offers puppies, older dogs and stud services. Tidewater is committed to producing French bulldogs that are winners both in the show ring and in the home, exhibiting excellent temperaments, conformation and behavior.
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Tracy Campion is a freelance writer covering all things Seattle. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.