What should I look for when buying a puppy?
There are two main areas to focus on: physical health and behavioral health (personality). One of the things you pay a breeder for is their effort to minimize the likelihood that your puppy will end up with genetic problems found in the breed. A simple example is hip dysplasia in German Shepherds.
How do you tell if a puppy is healthy before you buy?
Signs of Good Health
- Eyes: Should be bright and clear. …
- Ears: Should be clean and free of discharge, odor and redness. …
- Nose: Should be clean, without discharge or sores.
- Mouth: Should smell fresh. …
- Coat: Should be shiny and clean.
- Weight: Active, playful puppies are rarely overweight.
What questions do dog breeders ask you?
Some sample questions might include:
- Why this breed?
- Where do you live? In what conditions will the dog live? Do you have a fenced yard?
- What other pets do you own now? Breed? How many?
- Who will be the primary caretaker of the dog?
- How many hours a day will the dog be left alone?
What should a breeder provide?
Your breeder should provide medical history on the puppy. Depending on the age of adoption, this will include one or two sets of puppy shots or other care like routine worming. The purchase contract may require owners to maintain specific health care practices, feed recommended diets or other specific instructions.
What paperwork should come with a puppy?
Paperwork and health
Ask for proof of any vet checks, vaccinations (where applicable), microchipping, and/or pedigree papers. Be aware that the puppy should be at least eight weeks old at the point when it goes home with you. A responsible breeder would never send you home with a puppy younger than that.
What age is the best age to get a puppy?
There are different opinions, as well as a variety of factors, that influence the answer to this question. However, most veterinarians and breeders would put the optimum age to bring home a puppy somewhere between 8-to-10 weeks old.
What does parvo poop look like?
Your puppy will vomit and have diarrhea if canine parvovirus is present in their system. Vomit may be clear or a yellow or brown color, and diarrhea will often contain blood and be a light yellow or mustard colored hue.
How do breeders decide who gets what puppy?
Most breeders don’t allow buyers to choose their own puppies anyway. They pick puppies for the buyers based on what the buyer has specified they are looking for.
How do you impress a dog breeder?
These are broad and general, but hopefully will help anyone who is searching for a puppy.
- Don’t treat puppy buying as a financial transaction. …
- Politely ask any questions. …
- Show off your knowledge on the breed. …
- Express your willingness to take guidance. …
- Go visit. …
- Be prepared to answer questions. …
- Don’t hassle.