We've just recently moved into a new house and I am looking to buy a puppy. I've never owned one before and want to be sure that we purchase from a reputable breeder.
Given our space and lifestyle, we've been recommended to look at some cross breeds such as a Maltese x Shihtzu or a Maltese x Caverlier. I know there is a lot of backlash about 'designer dogs' but the reason we are not looking at a pure breed is because we've heard that cross-breeds generally have less health problems and some have better temperaments.
I want to make sure we don't end up buying from a puppy farm/ puppy mill and so are avoiding all pet shops. Problem is that I have no idea where to start. We would really appreciate any recommendations of where to buy from. We live in metro Victoria and would prefer to buy locally so we can visit the breeder and meet the puppy's parents etc.
Thanks in advance for any advice offered!