Choosing A Puppy
Choosing A Puppy
What should we consider before buying a puppy?
Careful thought should be made before taking on a new puppy because – as the old saying goes – ‘A puppy is for life, not just for Christmas’ (or birthdays, or Easter etc.). You will be responsible for your puppy’s welfare for its whole life, which can be up to 10-14 years! During this time you will need to make sure they have adequate daily exercise, have a suitable diet, be protected from pain, injury and disease and give them social stimulation every day. The decision to take on a puppy can have significant impacts on your time and finances, but the rewards for investing in this new member of your family can be infinite!
If you feel ready to take on this responsibility you may also want to carefully consider the breed of puppy you buy. Dogs breeds can have many different character traits and come in many different sizes. So it’s best to match up what you want from your puppy and the amount of space you have to accommodate. You may also want to consider the common health problems that can come with particular breeds. You can find more information on the different breeds available by checking out this breed guide available from Petplan.
Where should we look to buy our puppy from?
The options for buying a puppy are numerous but you should take time to consider how reputable a seller is. Doing your research to check a breeder has provided an adequate start in life for their puppies is essential. You should always go to see the place where the puppies have been born and raised. This allows you to meet the puppy’s parents (which should give you an idea of the puppy’s adult size and temperament) and check the conditions in which they have been kept.
Unfortunately, there are some breeders that operate from ‘puppy farms’ who breed irresponsibly and keep puppies (and their parents) in squalid conditions and selling very unhealthy puppies! It is therefore not a good idea to buy a puppy online and have them delivered to you. A good breeder will be willing to answer any questions you have and provide evidence of any worming, vaccinations or health tests they or their parents have had. They should also have a good socialisation program to get their puppies used to normal life with their new human family.
Download our Puppy Guide below to learn more.