If you are still thinking of buying a pet, buy your animal from a reputable supplier. You can get advice from Dog Advisory Council, Kennel Club, the Dogs Trust and the RSPCA. In this blog post we will be focussing on buying a dog or a puppy.
How much time can you commit to the puppy?
All puppies need exercise, training, play and interaction with other dogs and people. However different puppies need different amounts. If you have commitments that take up a lot of your time a puppy or more active dog may not be suitable for you.
Do you have space in your home for the puppy?
Any dog you get should be suitable to not only your lifestyle, but your surroundings. If you live in an apartment, then a large dog is not a good choice. You don’t want your dog to develop health issues, be bored, or destroy things. Large dogs really belong in big places with lots of outdoor space.
Will the puppies you’ve been admiring have outside space to play?
Consider which breeds are suitable for your region’s climate, especially if you have a yard and want to keep it as an outside dog.
Do you have the money to care for the puppy?
Vets bills, insurance, training classes, equipment, food, medicines are but a few of the things you will be paying for in the first few months of the puppy’s life! As the puppy matures into an adult, costs may escalate as you may require face higher bills for food and vets bills, kennelling your dog while you are on holiday, a dog walker during the day while you are at work, professional grooming services….the list is endless and the owner must be realistic in calculating these from the outset.
There are some steps you should take to make sure you buy a healthy and a happy pet. To help you avoid irresponsible breeders we recommend calling the breeder before visiting with a list of questions to help you assess the quality of the breeder. There are some questions that you should ask yourself and the breeder:
Can I see the puppies with their mum?
It is absolutely essential to see the puppies with their mother. Some buyers claiming to be breeders might in fact be dealers who have bought the pups in. They are likely to be poorly bred and are usually too young to leave their exhausted, ill-treated mothers. Be sure mum is a nice, friendly dog because temperament can be inherited. If you’re not allowed to see them together, it might be that they’re not really her puppies!
How old are the puppies?
At 8 weeks they should be fully weaned. They must be at least 8 weeks old to leave their mother.
How many litters has mum had?
It is against the law to breed more than 5 litters in a year. If the breeder is required to have a licence in order to breed more frequently. Please ask them to show you the documentation.
Have the puppies been wormed?
All puppies have worms at birth. Worming should start with the breeder at two weeks old, and be repeated every two weeks and continued by you.
Have the puppies had any vaccinations?
Pets should be vaccinated at 6-9 weeks of age and then again at 10-12 weeks. They will become fully protected two weeks after the second vaccination. Buyers will need to do this if the breeder has not, and buyers should also take the new puppy to a vet for a health check within 48 hours.
Is the puppy registered?
Make sure you are given the registration certificate and pedigree when you pick up your puppy
Do you have a diet sheet to take away?
A good breeder will give you enough food to continue exactly the same diet for a couple of days. They should also give you a diet sheet that shows how feeding should change as your puppy grows.
Owning a pet is a lifelong commitment so please make sure you are ready for it. A pet will make you happy and give you company, in return all it asks for is your love and care.
If you come across any breeder who does not provide favourable breeding conditions or is unable to show you necessary documents, please report it to us on firstname.lastname@example.org.