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Whether you're a seasoned dog owner or a first-time puppy parent, finding the right furry friend can be an exciting, yet daunting, task. At Keystone Puppies, we connect people like you with reputable breeders. We can ship any puppy that you find on our website to you in Illinois!

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Golden Retriever puppy.

The Golden Retriever is a gentle breed that's easy to train.


Popular Breeds in Chicago

While these are popular breed options, choosing the "right" breed for you is all about your needs and lifestyle.

Golden Retriever

  • Temperament: Gentle, patient, intelligent, eager to please, and playful. Often maintain a puppy-like enthusiasm into adulthood.
  • Trainability: Relatively easy to train due to their intelligence and willingness to please.
  • Suitability: Excellent family dogs, especially for those with children. Also excel in working roles like guide dogs, therapy dogs, and search-and-rescue.


  • Temperament: Inherits many Golden Retriever qualities - friendly, playful, intelligent, and eager to please. Poodles add a touch of hypoallergenic flair!
  • Trainability: Highly trainable due to their intelligence and desire to please their humans.
  • Suitability: Excellent family dogs, especially for those with allergies and children. Thrive on companionship and interaction.

Shih Tzu

  • Temperament: Renowned for their happy, affectionate, and outgoing personalities. They crave attention and love to be around their people.
  • Trainability: Reasonably intelligent but can have a stubborn streak. Positive reinforcement training with patience and consistency works best.
  • Suitability: Well-suited for apartments or smaller homes due to their size. Can excel in therapy work due to their friendly nature. Good with children if kids are gentle.

Beagle Mix

  • Temperament: Beagles are known for their friendly, curious, and playful nature. The temperament of the mix will depend on the other breed involved. For example, a Puggle might be more cuddly and less vocal than a Labra-beagle, which could inherit the Labrador's energetic and retrieving instincts.
  • Trainability: Beagles can be a bit stubborn due to their strong hunting instincts, but overall they're intelligent and eager to please. Trainability will again depend on the other breed, with some mixes being easier to train than others.
  • Suitability: Generally good family dogs, especially for active families who enjoy walks and playtime. However, their strong prey drive might make them less suitable for homes with small pets like hamsters or rabbits.
Goldendoodle puppy on a leash in Chicago.

Puppies in Chicago need socialization from the start.


Which dog breed is right for me?

If you live in Chicago, you have many suitable puppy options. Try our Puppy Quiz to get an idea of breeds that might be a good fit for you & your lifestyle (it only takes 2 minutes!).

Do you need a dog license in Chicago?

All dogs four months and older need to be registered, but it's a great way to ensure your furry friend gets back to you if they ever wander off. Registering is quick and easy, and it provides peace of mind knowing there's a system in place to help reunite you with your lost dog.

Are dogs allowed in stores in Chicago?

Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile has several dog-friendly stores. Bond with your pup while browsing at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, or even pick out a new tech gadget together at the Apple store. Don't forget to check out Tails in the City for all your pet needs too!

Shih Tzu puppy.

The Shih Tzu is another popular breed with Chicagoans.


Good Dog Breeders Guaranteed

We guarantee that your puppy will come from a good breeder. What does a “good” breeder mean? Every breeder who works with us must comply with all state laws and any accredited breeder who works with us adheres to our breeder accreditation program to ensure we only sell puppies that have been treated with the highest level of care.

Our Accredited Breeders Adhere to the Following:

  • All puppies will be vet checked before they are 8 weeks of age.
  • Offer the 1-year genetic health guarantee for all of your puppies.
  • Puppies must be up to date on shots at the time of purchase.
  • Must give a puppy their rabies shot when they are between 12 – 16 weeks of age.
  • Will make sure all adult dogs receive a yearly vet exam and up to date on their vaccinations.
  • The Breeder Accountability Specialist will visit twice a year.
Accreditation Program Details

How Puppy Shipping Works

We always recommend a customer driving to pick the puppy up but we know that this is not always possible.

We understand the anxieties of traveling, whether on two legs or four. Our devoted team prioritizes the safety and happiness of your new puppy. With our reliable and secure pet shipping services, we alleviate the stress associated with transporting puppies over long distances. Partnering with major airlines, we ensure your Keystone Puppies reach their new loving homes, regardless of location.

If we cannot get a puppy flown into your closest airport, we can assist in connecting you with a ground transportation company.

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