Choosing a Puppy #005 – Ask questions

Choosing a puppy


Choosing a puppy is a big step. It’s not like purchasing a car. It’s more like deciding to have a child. But buying a puppy is a whole new experience. These questions will help you interview the breeder before the purchase of any puppy bet it a hybrid breed such as a Puggle puppy or a purebred Bloodhound puppy.

  • What kind of activities does this kind of dog like?
  • What kind of personality does this breed or specific puppy have?
  • How much grooming does this breed require?
  • How much exercise and what kind does this breed need?
  • What are common health problems of this breed?
  • Can I meet the puppy’s mother and father?
  • If one of the parents is not available, can the breeder show share pictures of the parent with you?
  • May I see / visit where you raise the puppies?
  • How many litters do you have annually?
  • What happens when your breeding dogs retire?
  • How many different kinds of breeds do you work with and breed?
  • On average how long should I expect my dog to live?
  • What do you feed your dogs?
  • How old are puppies before going to their new home?
  • What immunization practice do you have for your puppies your and breeding dogs?
  • What type of socialization do puppies receive before going to their new home?
  • Do the puppies have any training before going to their new home?
  • Are you affiliated with any breeder associations? Why or why not?
  • May I contact your references?
  • What guarantees do you offer with your puppies?
  • Do you require spay/neuter contracts on any of your puppies?
  • If, for any reason, I am unable to keep the puppy, what is your policy?

You will find that most ethical breeders will be more than happy to answer any questions involved in the purchase of their puppies. They will be concerned about the puppy’s new home as much as you are concerned about where they came from. There are many variations to these questions and answers you may receive. Just remember that you and the breeder should be comfortable each other and your agreement. The puppy’s best interests should always be held with the highest regard.

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