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Buying a puppy

Buying a puppy - a step by step guide

So you have decided you want a puppy? You have done all your homework to decide the breed you want and you know you have the finances, time and energy to take care of it. Next step is to find a breeder and purchase a puppy.

Be warned...purchasing a puppy from a breeder can be fraught with risks. As in any business there are those breeders who are genuine, who care for their animals and whose reputation is important to them and others, often known as backyard breeders, who are only interested in making a fast buck. It is now up to you to find a honest and reliable breeder.

Step 1 – Research

Do some research before contacting any breeders.

1. Contact the kennel club of the breeds you are interested in and request a list of their breeders.

2. Search on the internet for breeding kennels.

3. Ask friends who have dogs of that breed where they purchased them from and if they are happy with their chosen dog.

4. Shows are another place where you can meet breeders and see their animals, both in a show environment and in kennels before and after the show. Just remember this is a busy time for the breeder and they may not have a lot of time to chat. Get their details, observe their animals and contact them at a less busy time.

Step 2 - A close look

Visit the breeders facilities before even choosing a puppy to see how the animals are cared for. Do not buy the first puppy you see. A good breeder will want to ensure you are a suitable owner just as much as you want to ensure they breed quality animals. Look for clean facilities with healthy, clean dogs that are free of parasites. The dogs should behave in a manner you would wish your future dog to behave e.g., if the majority dogs appear to be timid and afraid it is a safe bet any pups will be of a similar disposition.

Ask the breeder questions...

- How long have they been breeding dogs?

- What is the pedigree of the animal you are considering purchasing.

- Are both parents at the kennel?

- Are there veterinary certificates available for both parents and offspring?

- What screening has been done for any common health issues for the particular breed?

- What guarantee will they offer if the pup proves to have any major health issues within a short time of purchase?

The breeder should also ask you questions like...

- Do you have a house/yard suitable for the animal?

- Do you have the time to care for it?

- Are you fully aware of what is required to care for the animal?

- Will the dog be a pet or for breeding/showing?

- Do you have children and their ages?

Step 3 – Buy

Breeders are well within their rights to refuse to sell a pup to anyone they consider not suitable as an owner of their dogs.

A sales agreement should be signed by both parties outlining the obligations of both purchaser and seller.

The breeder will possibly offer advice on feeding, grooming, health care and equipment you may need as well as a schedule for all necessary immunizations.

A reputable breeder will also ensure you do not take your puppy home too early to ensure it gets early socialization with its siblings. A puppy removed from its litter too early may fear other dogs for the rest of its life. While six weeks is the time many puppies are taken to new homes, many breeders prefer to retain the pup until they are around nine weeks old.

Step 4 – Enjoy your new puppy

Once you have collected your puppy keep in touch with the breeder as they will be a fountain of knowledge for you regarding your new dog and often like to keep track of their animals.

If you do all your homework and purchase from a reputable breeder you will have a dog that will be a wonderful part of your family for the next 12 to 15 years. Enjoy...

Buying a puppy

by Don Krnel
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