SEARCHING FOR THE RIGHT PUPPY
In searching for the right puppy for you, there are several things that
should always be done. I will try and outline the correct steps for you.
First you will need to research the right breed for you.
1) Research breeds online
2) Talk to breeders about the charactoristics of the breeds you are looking
When you decide which breed is right for your family and situation then
1) Research the breeders
2) Find out where the breeders got their dogs, did they get them from other
ethical breeders or pet stores and flea markets?
3) Go the the breed club and research their breeders list.
4) Go to dog shows and see the dogs you like and talk to their breeders.
Once you found the breeder you are interested in
1) Go to the breeders home, if they want to meet you somewhere this is
a red light.
2) See the parents of the puppies, do they meet your expectations? do you
like their temperments?
3) See the conditions the dogs and puppies are kept in.
4) How many breeds does the breeder have if they have more than 2 then
WHY? this is a red light.
5) Interview the breeder, ask as many questions as you can the breeder
should be receptive to this and encourage it.
6) Are the parents tested for genetic problems?
7) Don't be put off if the breeder asks you in depth questions, this shows
their concern for their pups.
8) Is there a contract that protects you, the breeder and formost the puppies?
don't be put off by an in depth contract.
9) Does the breeder breed to the standard set forth by the breed club?
10) Does the breeder speak negatively of other breeders within their breed
Club? If so this is a red light this could be due to jealousy and competition
in the show ring.
11) Don't be surprised if the breeder does not sell pups for breeding.
12) Do not be surprised if the breeder keeps his name on the pups papers
as co-owner this shows concern for the welfare of their pups.
13) Most pups are sold spayed/neutered or with a spay/neuter contract and
limited registration this is standard with reputable breeders.
14) Are the pups AKC registered if not this is a big RED LIGHT, it typically
means the breeder is not in good standing with AKC.
15) Will the breeder be there to answers question if needed?
16) Do not be turned off by a pup that is 6 to 10 months old or older,
these pups make wonderful pets and most of the time well on their way to
being housebroken for you, they bond as close as a young pup does. and
are just as loving. have an open mind.
17) DO NOT PUT A DEPOSIT ON A PUPPY THAT IS NOT BORN YET!!! No reputable
breeder will ask you to do this. There is no way for a breeder to know
what is in the next litter or even if a litter will survive, you could
be waiting years for your puppy.
REMEMBER OWNING A DOG IS A LIFETIME COMMITMENT NOT TO BE TAKEN LIGHTLY,
A DOG IS NOT SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE TIED OUTSIDE TO BE FORGOTTEN THEY
HAVE EMOTIONS AND FEELINGS TOO.