Information for Breeders
Science-based standards for breeders to ensure a higher, documented quality of care for dogs and puppies.

Breeder Information

Canine Care Certified™  establishes extensive, science-based standards for breeders to ensure a higher, documented quality of care for dogs and puppies. Canine Care Certified™  is directed by Dr. Candace Croney, PhD and administered by Purdue University.


The Standards of Care were created by Dr. Candace Croney, Ph.D. at Purdue University in 2013 based on existing and ongoing research. They were further developed in collaboration with recognized academic and practicing animal science and veterinary medicine leaders with expertise in diverse canine welfare sciences (e.g., genetics, physical health, and behavior).

Consumers and pet owners can be assured that dogs and puppies raised under the program by certified breeders are cared for under stringent standards.

“It was important for us to participate in Canine Care Certified™  because we are committed to always raising the bar and improving the lives of dogs. Through our participation in the program, we have improved our documentation practices, enhanced public perception and awareness about responsible dog breeding, and highlighted our dedication to ensuring dogs are well cared for.

This has been a heartwarming and comforting process for the new pet families we are working with daily. They don’t have to assume anything about how the dog was raised. It’s laid out for them in the standards. They understand and can see, through our certification, our sincere desire to always raise the bar.

It is my hope that the pet community knows that this is a voluntary program that is backed by science."

-Terry Buening, Canine Care Certified™  Breeder (My PawPaws Puppies) 

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