Buying a Puppy yes/no

Bringing home a new puppy should be something that is planned in advance.

You should never come home with a pet that you were not planning on getting before you went out.

Things to consider before buying a puppy:

  • Puppies need a lot of attention and must be constantly supervised.
  • A puppy/dog is a responsibility 365 days a year. This includes vacations, holidays, etc.
  • A dog is a long-term commitment (10 to 15 years on the average).
  • A puppy should be a permanent part of your family.
  • A puppy is not a toy, it is a living being. It is not something to be put in the backyard to be played with only when you feel like it.
  • Puppies and children are not always a good combinations. Bringing a dog into a family that has children should be done only after a lot of thought and planning. Small children should never be left unsupervised with a dog or puppy. Children are rough on animals and even the best children can be abusive by hitting the dog or teasing it. Do not buy a pet for a child until the child is old enough to understand how to care for the animal and be gentle with it. It is not fair to put an animal in a situation and then punish it for defending itself when it is being hurt.
  • A puppy is an expense. Like anything else, don't buy one if you can't afford to properly care for it (i.e. spay/neuter, vet care, quality food, training).
  • If you do not feel you have the time for a puppy, consider adopting a rescue dog.

Do not buy a puppy for the following reasons:

  • You saw the puppy in a pet store and felt sorry for it.
  • Christmas present.
  • You want your child to have a dog - puppies and children are so cute together.
  • You saw one (on T.V., at the park, at your neighbors house) and you fell in love with it.
  • Someone had a litter of puppies and you just had to take one home with you.

Where to purchase a puppy

  • Puppies should only be purchased from responsible breeders.

  • DO NOT BUY A PUPPY FROM A PET STORE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!

    Pet stores buy their stock from puppy mills, which are farms that mass produce puppies as a commodity. These farms use poor quality breeding stock and the animals are kept in cages all their lives. As a result, these puppies are plagued with health problems, and many of them never adapt to life among people.

    Many people buy these puppies because they feel sorry for them. They take them home to "save" them, when in essence all they are doing is condemning other dogs and puppies to the same fate by increasing the demand for them.

The breeder

Choosing a breeder is an individual decision. You should choose someone that you feel comfortable with, someone you can talk to easily, and someone who you feel cares about the dogs well-being and your happiness with your dog.

Is the breeder actively involved in dog clubs and/or shows? A responsible breeder is always learning and being involved in dog clubs and shows keeps them informed about what is happening in their breed, health concerns, etc.

Does the breeder have a number of litters at the same time? Are the litters separated and the individuals identified?

How many of the past puppy buyers is the breeder still in contact with after 1 year? 2 years? 5 years?

Is the breeder curious about you? A responsible breeder is concerned about the welfare of their puppies and will insist on certain criteria before placing a puppy.