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Best Breeders In The Chicago Area

May 17, 2013 7:00 AM

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When looking to purchase a new pet, it can be difficult to decipher where the best place would be to get a high-quality breed. There have been so many negative aspects in the news when it comes to pets coming from pet stores and shops due to the fact that many come from illegal puppy mills. Many people prefer to purchase their pets from specialized breeders because it can ensure a healthy and well-maintained animal. Chicago has a number of breeders to choose from that not only offer a quality breed but a happy environment. Make sure to support your local breeders when purchasing a new pet and it will be a better way to bring your new four-legged family member into your house.

Tony’s Happy Puppies
44 West 295 US 20
Hampshire, IL 60140
(847) 387-0994

Located just outside of the Chicago area, this Hampshire location offers a four-acre lot in a beautiful country setting. This state-of-the-art $100,000 dog house is licensed by The State of Illinois. Husband, Tony, and wife, Angela, have over 18 years of experience in dog breeding and specialize in toy-size pure breeds that are non-allergic and non-shedding. Puppies are shown be appointment only with day, evening and weekend showing available. Click here to view photos of some of the puppies and breeds available.

Rosewood Labradoodles
Rockford, IL
(815) 962-9352

Located around 60 miles outside of Chicago, this is a specialized breeder for authentic Australian labradoodles. Run by husband-and-wife team Jim and Jan Rice, each puppy is raised inside their loving home environment or within the home of an approved guardian. They follow the guidelines of the Australian Labradoodle Club of America and the Australian Labradoodle Association of America and all puppies are tested for genetic soundness. They offer a two-year health guarantee for any genetic diseases and support for the full life of the dog. Contact via email or phone to set up an appointment and check out the website for testimonials, photos and information on this unique family-friendly breed.

Maltipoo FurBabies
Chicago, IL
(773) 379-6910

This is a small home breeder located in Chicago. It specializes only in the maltipoo breed with all puppies receiving full preventative veterinary care. Every puppy comes with age-appropriate vaccinations, one year of health guarantee and lifetime support for the life of the dog. Call the number listed above to make an appointment to see your next puppy. The choices are teacup, tiny toy and toy. There are currently four puppies available for purchase and range from $2,100 to $3,800.

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American Way Breeders
Kathy Downing
McHenry, IL
(815) 385-5930

Kathy’s family has been breeding dogs for over 50 years. Each puppy is a guaranteed pure breed with veterinary shots and vaccinations up to date. American Way offers miniature schnauzers, maltese, yorkies and bichons but currently only has yorkies and bichons for sale. The price is around $450 and an appointment can be made to view the puppies in the current litter. There is a current waiting list on the yorkies.

Lion Dogs Castle – Lhasa Apso
Chicago, IL
(773) 968-1151

Lion Dogs Castle breeds show dogs as well as home pets. The breeding program consists of quality bred dogs. It specializes specifically in lhasa apso puppies. Operating out of a loving home atmosphere, there are currently four puppies available. There are health guarantees and prices start at $500. Call the number listed above to schedule an appointment for viewing.

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Sara Lugardo is a professional writer out of Chicago, Illinois. She has a Bachelor’s in Communication and is currently working on her Master’s. Her work can be found on
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