Before selecting a puppy you should ask yourself some very important questions. First are you ready to commit yourself to being a responsible dog owner. Are all members in your family happy about getting a new puppy.
Male or Female?
Females are said to be gentler than males. Males are slightly larger than females. Males have a higher activity level and a stronger tendency to roam. Spaying will eliminate some of these problems. Both sexes are equally loving and loyal. Females are super watchdogs because they are less likely to be distracted by outside forces.
Males are noted for being more aggressive against intruders.
What Age is Best?
Puppies are the most adorable at six weeks of age, but not the best age to bring a new puppy home. At six weeks they need constant care and attention. Most puppies that die when brought home are too young. A lot of pet stores and breeders sell puppies at six weeks so they don’t have the added expenses. Puppies should not be sold before ten weeks of age to insure health. I keep all my puppies until ten weeks with only a few exceptions. Purchase a puppy when you feel it will be best for you. If you decide to by an adult dog check his disposition carefully with all family members.
Purchasing a Puppy
Check your local newspapers for local breeders. Price of your AKC or purebred puppy will be expensive but, you may be able to see several generations of your dog’s ancestors. This will help insure health and will give you a good indication of what your puppy will look and act like. A none purebred dog can be a great dog as well, but a lot of the time health is not as well and vet bills can get costly. Make sure you see both or at least one of the puppy’s parents.
Signs of Good Health
*Plump and well-fed
*Ribs and hip bones should not protruding prominently
*A healthy puppy should have clear eyes and there should not be any discharge from eyes or nose
*Coat should be filling in nicely, without bare patches or obvious sores
*Should not have any sign of rash on inside of legs
*Check hearing, by making loud noise behind him
*Check gums, that they look health
Your Breeder should allow you a couple of days to get the puppy or dog to get checked out by your veterinarian for a health examination.
At the time of sale, the breeder should furnish you with your purebred puppy’s registration papers. For pet homes other papers can be provided.
THE FIRST DAY HOME WITH YOUR PUPPY YOU WILL NEED:
FOOD AND WATER BOWLS
BRUSH AND COMB
BED OR SLEEPING BOX
COLLAR AND LEASH
Training should begin when a dog is young so that good habits are formed early in life. It is important to establish rules of the house, to be consistent in the enforcement of those rules, and to lavish the dog with praise as a reward for a job well done. Some breeders start basic training before puppies are sold. There are may helpful websites, books and even puppy classes that can assist you.
Good Luck in finding that perfect puppy or dog for you!
If you have any questions please feel free to email.
All my puppies leave our home with first and
second set of shots and worming.
They also receive
A Certificate Of Veterinary Inspection,
issued by the Veterinarian.