Buying a puppy: this is how you recognize a good breeder |
finding the dog of your dreams
Planning on buying a puppy? When buying a puppy, a good feeling and common sense go hand in hand.
First always consider the option to adopt your new family member from a shelter to give a dog a second chance in life whilst creating room for a new life to be saved at the shelter.
If you have decided to by your puppy from a breeder, we give you five tips to recognize a good breeder. Follow your heart, but use your head too!
First familiarize yourself properly! Find out about the breeds and /or origins of the dogs you have in mind. Check with various breeders before buying a puppy. Become a permanent member of an association or club and visit various activities where you can see dogs in action and ask other owners about their experiences.
Never choose a dog in a rush or under pressure, cause of fear losing out on the cutest puppy once in a lifetime opportunity… Many hundreds of other cute puppies will be born in the future too! A good breeder is worth the wait: it’s always nice if you have someone you can always rely on and who can help you with, for example, tips in the field of coat care or training.
Some breeds have a low average life expectancy, or may bark, drool, or shed excessively. Be sure to ask breeders and owners to mention the downsides of their breed. We know that they are sweet and fun, but it is useful and wise to be prepared for the less pleasant aspects. And there always is a downside to every dog breed, as no dog is perfect!
Do the dogs look healthy, well-groomed and cheerful, and do they live in a clean and safe environment that offers the dogs sufficient challenge? And, very important, do the dogs behave the way you would like your future dog to behave?
Why did a breeder decide to breed with these parent animals? Does he or she have health and behavioral test reports? What does he or she do for socialization and toilet training? Why? Why not? You shouldn’t be the only one asking questions. A breeder who wants the best for their puppies will also ask you a lot of questions to make sure you will be the right owner for his or her puppy to enjoy a happy and fulfilling life.
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