How do I find out if a dog breeder is licensed with the USDA?
The AWA requires wholesale breeders and dealers who supply animals to pet stores, brokers, or research facilities to be licensed with USDA. Breeders and dealers are required to meet the minimum standards of humane animal care and treatment established by the AWA and enforced by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
To find USDA-licensed dog breeders, search the Animal Care Public Search Tool for Animal Welfare Act (AWA). On the Search Tool page select “breeder” as the "customer type,” and then select your state from the pulldown menu under "business address."