Congratulations on your decision to buy a puppy! Owning a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have. You will have a loyal companion for life with tons of memories and lots of exciting adventures in his company. However, before you purchase your new companion, you should not forget to do a substantial amount of research on where and how to buy a puppy free from health and behavioral problems down the road.
Your decision to buy a puppy should not be an impulsive one. Make sure to have patience and take time to find out which is the best breed for you and how to get a good and healthy puppy. Also, do a lot of research about the different dog breeds, their temperament, and needs. Although you may find one to be more appealing than the other, it may not be ideal for your lifestyle. Never forget to check the background and genuineness of a breeder before are buying a puppy from him. Whether you are buying from a breeder, pet store, or a neighbor, collect as much information as possible about them and their dogs.
Where To Buy A Puppy
You may buy a puppy from a breeder, from a pet store, or online. However, each one has its merits and demerits.
A quick Google search for “buy a puppy” unveils a number of breeders and stores selling pets in your state. You can choose to purchase your puppy online from a breeder and get it delivered at your doorstep. There are many dog-shipping services that deliver the pet at your doorstep without any hassle. However, a good breeder may not agree to ship his puppy unless he meets you. Also, it is better to see the puppy before buying.
You may find out a reputable breeder in your locality and visit his kennel. Check his credentials and pedigree of his dogs. Buy a puppy only after you are sure about the purebred status, pedigree, and health conditions of a puppy.
You may also choose a rescue dog. Although puppies are rare to find in shelters, there are some communities, where volunteers work to pull puppies off the street and find homes for them.
Other options to find puppies for sale include your local newspaper and yellow pages. Regardless of where or from whom you decide to purchase your new little bundle of joy, research about their reliability. Although some breeders may appear to be good, kind, and loving people with a lot of knowledge about dogs and have happy, healthy puppies, you may not be sure if their dogs have the right pedigree. You want to avoid purchasing from puppy mills. Such sellers use cruel means to further their commercial gains and you may end up with a puppy with health issues.
Choosing the Right Breed
Selecting a good family pet needs proper scrutiny. When you decide to buy a puppy, try to avoid picking up the first cute one you see. The puppy may look adorable but may not fit into your lifestyle. For example, a Pekingese can easily win you over with those huge eyes, soft fur, and adorable bark, but they are not ideal for families with small children. Pekingese dogs can sometimes nip children if they are roughed up.
Always research about the breed and ask as many questions as possible about the dog’s temperament and suitability. You need to consider how much time you have to devote to your dog, any allergens if the breed has, your household condition, and the amount of space you can offer to your pet. Some breeds need lots of space to run around while others are quite content in small areas.
Enjoy With Your New Best Friend
Regardless of which breed you select or where from you get your newfound friend, one thing is assured you now have a loyal friend for life. Remember to be patient, thoughtful, and consistent with your puppy. Like a baby, everything is new to him and he does not understand what is acceptable and what is not. It is up to you to train the puppy, make him a good companion or spoil him, and return the love the dog so generously offers.