Buying a Puppy – A Comprehensive Guide

Puppies – any breed – are always cute, playful and cuddly. This however, never warrants that a puppy will grow up into a dog that you will like. A cute puppy can grow up into an ugly dog or when it grows up; it can show serious health problems. So, buying a puppy just because it is cute and playful may not lead to desired results and your decision alone can kill your love for dogs. How do you prevent this from happening? There are a few signs that you must notice and understand. Here is the list of signs that must warn you of something fishy:

  • Breeder wants to meet in a different spot: This should not be the case. If a breeder wants to meet you in a different place and insists on bringing the puppy with him/her, you must become alert. The breeder is trying to hide something. He or she may not want you to see how dogs are treated in the breeder’s facility or may be the kennels are dirty and unhealthy. Bottom line - never meet outside or at your place. Go to the breeding facility and see everything with your own eyes.
  • No names or names not recognized: If the puppy is unable to recognize the name used to call it, there may be something wrong. First, either the puppy is not the right one or the breeder is not showing you the right registration papers. Second, the puppy is way too dumb to recognize its name (has to do something with the bloodline) and third, the breeding facility is just a puppy producing facility where puppies don’t get proper care and attention and hence, they are not very accustomed to being called by their names. You don’t want any of these, do you?
  • Appropriate microchips: This is important! Puppies must have collars implanted with microchips that will allow discreet identification. If they don’t have one, they are most likely being swapped with parents. This means that the breeder may have only one or two strong, high-quality parents’ pair and they show these parents to every potential customer and just swap the puppies. If a puppy has microchip identification, ask the breeder to show the proper registration papers.
  • Lineage: In case you find that several male dogs can get access to a single female, it must be an instant deal killer. One and only one male dog must know the cycles of a particular female dog. If various males figure out the cycles of the female dog, it will be very difficult for you to figure out the real sire of the entire litter. In situations like these, Pedigrees become worthless.
  • Sense of dislike for the owner: In case you notice that the dogs are not really comfortable with the breeder or they don’t like the breeder, there are chances that the breeder mistreats the dog or breeder has bred in very bad temperament into the dogs. It can also mean that the real owner of the dog is not showing up and instead, someone else is actually trying to sell the puppies to you. This can indicate incorrect registration!
  • Breeder not asking questions to you: A breeder who truly loves his or her dogs and puppies will always want to make sure that the puppies find a good owner and good house where people will love the puppies and take care of them. For this, they will ask numerous questions. Those breeders who don’t ask are not really concerned about the puppies they sell. They are more interested in money and hence, it can be expected that the breeding facility is actually a puppy mill where dogs are bred not out of passion but out of greed. Once you notice these obvious signs and act, your job does not come to an end. You need to ask questions from your end and this is very crucial when buying a puppy! So, what kind of questions are you supposed to ask? Let us take a look at them:
  • When you call a breeder, ask whether you can visit their kennel or not. If the breeder agrees, you don’t have anything to worry about but if the breeder is not really comfortable with your visiting the kennel, there is something wrong and the breeder is looking to hide something.
  • Ask about the personality traits of the puppies. This is important because you need to know about the temperament of the puppy as well as the temperament it will have when it grows up.
  • Ask how many litters the breeder breeds in one year. The greater the number, the weaker and unhealthy the litters will be.
  • Ask if you can visit and meet the parents of the puppy you want to buy.
  • Ask how the breeder treats the dogs that retire from breeding. This can show the breeder’s attitude towards the dogs and can reflect an image of how the breeder treats the litters.
  • Ask about the immunization protocols followed by the breeder for the litters and the breeding dogs.
  • Ask whether the puppies get the minimum kennel training required before being sold.
  • Ask about the health issues generally associated with the breed of puppy you are willing to buy.
  • Learn the type of exercises the breed requires and the type of food that should be given
  • Find out whether the breeder is affiliated to any breeders’ association or not. If not, why?
  • Learn about the spaying/neutering requirements and how the breeder deals with the same.
  • Ask for references. Remember that should not ask for this just for the sake of asking. You must actually call the references provided and talk to them and learn about their dogs/puppies and their experience with the breeder. This can actually save you a lot of trouble.
Because puppies need a lot of care and love and because they will grow up in the middle of humans, you need to make sure that the puppy you buy is not only fit but also sober enough to grow up into a socially acceptable dog.

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