Monday, November 23, 2015

What to Look for When Buying a New Puppy

If you are a long time reader, you know about my love for my pup, Polo. If you are just joining Hiya Luv, you can catch up on other puppy-loving goodness by checking out one of my favorite posts, "Show Us Your Paws!" where other Hiya Luv readers submitted their furry friends to be featured!
Polo after an afternoon at the dog park!

Puppies make great pets, but it is all too easy to be conned into buying a puppy from a disreputable breeder so that you end up with a problem pet. Experienced dog owners are more aware of the pitfalls and know what to look out for, but if you have never before had the pleasure of being a dog owner, here are a few tips to help you find the right the right puppy for your family.

Buy from a Registered Breeder

There are lots of hobby breeders out there, many of them perfectly respectable people, but if you want a pedigree dog bred from a bloodline free from genetic abnormalities and other health problems, it is better to buy from a registered breeder such as Florida Puppies Online. Pedigree dogs have to be registered with the appropriate breed society, so contact them for a list of breeders in your area with puppies for sale. Non-pedigree puppies can be bought from anyone, or even adopted from a rescue center. In most cases the puppies will be happy and healthy, but be sure to follow the guidelines below if you buy a puppy.

Meet the Parents

Always insist on seeing the puppy’s mother before you commit to buying. If the breeder can’t produce the mother, it is strongly indicative that the puppy has been bred elsewhere – perhaps on a puppy farm or abroad. Puppies bred in this way are not generally looked after properly and are often removed from their mother too soon.
Happy, healthy puppies are usually raised in a family home to allow them time to get used to the normal sights and sounds of everyday life. If the puppy you go to see is kept outdoors in a shed or similar, this is not a good sign. The puppy is likely to be nervous and wary of humans it doesn’t know, which could be dangerous if you have small children.

Puppy Health Concerns

Healthy puppies are boisterous, inquisitive and bright-eyed. They don’t have sniffles, runny eyes and lack-luster coats. If you see any of these signs in a puppy, walk away immediately and don’t be tempted to buy the puppy out of pity. This will only encourage the breeder to continue producing puppies to sell for a profit.

Ask Lots of Questions

Always ask lots of questions before you buy. For example, check whether the puppy has been wormed and inoculated, what food he has been weaned on, and whether he is used to other pets and children. This will give you a good idea of how he has been raised.

Have Your New Puppy Vet Checked

Once you have brought your new puppy home, take him for a vet check as soon as possible. Your vet will able to spot if there any health problems you need to be aware of, plus give you advice in worming and neutering.

Puppies make a wonderful addition to a family home, but they are for life and not just for Christmas, so don’t ever buy a puppy on a whim!

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