For those who do wish to buy a puppy from a breeder, the National Puppy Day website recommends checking "that the breeder is licensed by their city and state, has a good reputation, no BBB complaints, no law suits, valid customer testimonials, a health certificate from a reputable vet and no signs of illness with their puppies."
The National Puppy Day website has a list of suggestions of ways to celebrate, including adopting a puppy (of course), donating to your local animal shelter or playing with a pup you already own.
National Puppy Day comes days after the American Kennel Club released its annual ranking of the most popular dog breeds. The Labrador topped the list for the 28th year in a row. Rounding out the top five were German shepherds, golden retrievers, French bulldogs and bulldogs.
The entire ranking can be read here.