Buying a dog from a breeder
If you choose to buy a purebred dog, the most important thing is to be responsible and find a reputable breeder. Be patient, avoid backyard breeders and never buy a dog from puppy mills - these puppies have unknown backgrounds and may be unhealthy.
First of all, breeder you choose should have specific papers proving that he is qualified to breed animals and he needs to show you those papers. If he can’t or won’t show them to you, turn around without buying a puppy and report a breeder to the relative authorities.
How to check puppy health?
A good breeder will only breed from two healthy animals. Ask a breeder to show you puppy’s parents health clearances. Get a full medical history, especially if you are interested in a breed that is known to be prone to certain health conditions. For example, buying a German Shepherd that is prone to hip dysplasia without seeing proof that parents’ (and even grandparents’) hips are normal and healthy is not smart (not to say stupid). Of course, no one can guarantee you dog’s health through all his life, but you should do whatever you can to get a dog that is unlikely to inherit genetic diseases. Ask a breeder to show you the puppy’s parents in person. Seeing the puppy’s parents will give you a sense of your future dog’s temperament, size, and appearance.
Buying a dog - guide
Visit the place puppies were born and raised. Always make sure you see mum and her pups together to exclude the possibility that a breeder isn’t just a dealer who has bought the pups in. If they were bred and raised in proper conditions and with lots of love, the mother should be nice, friendly and welcoming, and the puppies should be bright eyed, friendly, and never shy or fearful. Never agree to meet a breeder in some third place that isn't the puppy's home; insist on going to a breeder’s house and make sure that the puppy you are interested in is a product of a responsible breeding. Check the facilities; make sure they are clean and that the litter appears alert and healthy. Observe the relationship and communication between a breeder and his dogs. Breeder’s dogs should not shy away from him.
Is puppy socialization necessary?
Dog’s stable personality and even temper is not just about how you raise them. The conditions they were raised in the first few weeks of life also have a significant impact on temperament. The puppies must be properly socialized early in life and reputable breeder will work hard to socialize his puppies from a young age. The puppy should also be microchipped and registered with an approved database before he is removed from his place of birth. When the ownership of a puppy is transferred from one person (breeder) to another (buyer), that must be recorded on the dog’s certificate of registration.
Are breeders good or bad?
If a breeder insists that the puppy stays at the kennel for at least two month after being born it is a good sign! This shows you that a breeder isn’t trying to get rid of the puppy as soon as possible. On contrary, he wants the puppy to be with his litter mates and his mother as long as possible so he can mature and socialize. A reputable breeder will want to meet you in person and interview you. It is great sign if a breeder is asking you a lot of questions about your lifestyle and home environment. This shows that he wants to make sure you are the right people for his beloved puppy and that the puppy is going to a good home.
Can I get my dog papers?
When you make sure that a breeder you have chosen to buy a puppy from is reputable and that his dogs are healthy and being raised in a loving home ask a breeder for a copy of the puppy’s medical records, including vaccination certificate and records of worming and flea treatment and then take your new buddy home.
Let the adventure of your life begins!
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