I prefer to rescue but if you absolutely want a purebred (though there are plenty of purebreds to rescue too) find a reputable breeder in your area. Not a backyard breeder, not someone selling puppies on craigslist, but a reputable breeder that takes proper care to breed the right dogs to produce healthy pups. Other users would probably be able to direct you here!
Honestly though, you can usually identify a pb dog if you are familiar enough with the breed. Puppies can be harder though!! Pick a proper breeder if you want to know more about what you're getting.
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