You know you want a puppy, and you are not going to wait any longer for the right time. But do you know where to begin; do you know the dos and don’ts of owning a puppy? Before you set your heart on a puppy and hurry to bring it home, step back and ask yourself some basic questions:
Why do I need a puppy?
You need to ask yourself what is the real reason behind wanting a puppy. Do you want a puppy for companionship, security, therapy, a playmate for your child, for fun and show, or maybe some completely different reason? Once you know the purpose, it is easy to short list the breeds that meet your need.
Which breed is good for me?
There are numerous breeds available for you to choose from. If you want a puppy you can carry with you at all times, you can opt for a smaller breed like a Chihuahua or a Poodle, or if you want a puppy that helps guard and protect you, a Boxer or a Great Dane could be great. Read about a breed, its temperament and energy level as the traits need to suit your lifestyle. Purebredbreeders.com can help you in choosing the right breed for you. You need to decide if you want a purebred or a hybrid puppy or a male or a female.
What breed will suit my lifestyle?
Look for a puppy that would fit well in your house and not over crowd it. If you live in a small apartment, you can go for smaller puppies like a Pug or a Cocker Spaniel. If you have a family, you might want a people friendly puppy, say a Golden Retriever, or an Irish Setter.
A puppy needs considerable amount of time and attention. So, ask yourself how much time you would be able to give the puppy, will there be someone to take care of him/her while you are away.
Is my neighborhood pet friendly?
Your puppy needs to socialize with other puppies and children. Find out if your neighborhood has a park to take your puppy to for a stroll. Also, make sure you have a veterinarian for emergency and pet food shops close by.
Is any family member allergic to pet hair and dander?
Find out if any of your family members are allergic to dogs. If yes, choose a hypoallergenic breed. Purebred breeders will tell you that though there is no absolute guarantee that a dog will be allergen-free if it is a designer breed, its coat can be a good indication.
Do I have enough funds for the puppy?
Owning a puppy can get very expensive. As the puppy grows, his/her needs would also change, and so would your expenditure, especially when sick. Are you financially sound to take care of your puppy’s needs? Once you answer these questions, you are ready to start your puppy search. After deciding the breed, you need to find the right place to get the puppy from. So, what are your options?
It is important that you go to the right breeder for a healthy puppy or your experience can turn into a nightmare. Purebred breeders are the ones who breed with the intention of bettering the breed. The best people to go to for your puppy would be reputable breeders as they are known to be reliable sources for healthy puppies and dogs. A good breeder tries to breed out health problems by choosing the parents carefully, thus avoiding hereditary problems in the litters. You can find a responsible breeder by talking to dog owners, veterinaries, and by contacting Kennel Club or Association.
Ask the breeder if the puppies are exposed to people, if they are examined regularly. Purebred breeders will never hesitate from answering any of your questions. He, in turn, might ask you questions about your lifestyle, family etc. It is a good sign to be asked questions by the breeder as it shows the breeder cares for his puppies. You should ask for the puppy’s vaccination records, pedigree and registration certificates. Most breeders are AKC (American Kennel Club), CKC (Canadian Kennel Club), UKC (United Kennel Club), and ACA (American Canine Association) certified.
A puppy’s pedigree is a must see for every buyer as that would touch upon the health issues of his parents (sire and dam), and its severity. You can also opt for a DNA analysis to verify the puppy’s parents and their genetic build.
Do enquire about Puppy Insurance. You may never need to use it, but it is always a good thing to be prepared.
Remember, to buy a puppy is very easy, but to look after it is a highly responsible job. So, don’t be impatient, do your research and then take the plunge.