After we started thinking more seriously about expanding our family, my husband brought up the idea of getting a pet or two. While I was completely against the concept at first, I realized that it might be helpful for our children to warm up to the idea before having another sibling. We got a dog and our kids were tasked with the job of feeding it every day and doing other tasks, and it was amazing to see how much the animal helped our family to grow. Pets can be a wonderful addition to a home, which is why I made this blog. Check out these fun pet posts.
Adding a puppy to your family is a very fun and exciting event. Many people opt to purchase a puppy from a breeder, which can work out very well, but it is extremely important to choose the right breeder. Taking the time to carefully select a breeder and a puppy from a litter will help ensure that you're getting a pet who is healthy and will have the temperament that you desire. Use the following tips to help you purchase a new puppy from a breeder.
Visit the Breeder in Person
There are many breeders located across the country and some breeders will facilitate transporting a puppy to a family located in another state. However, when it comes to purchasing a puppy from a breeder, it is always in your best interest to work with a local breeder, and make sure that you visit the breeder in person before putting down a deposit on a puppy. Visiting a breeder will give you the opportunity to see where the puppies sleep and play, and you will also be able to see how the mother dog is cared for. If a breeder does not want you to visit in person, that is usually a red flag, and you should move on and find another breeder.
Learn About the Litter's Parents
Before purchasing a puppy from an upcoming litter, it is a good idea to learn as much as possible about the parents of the puppies. Proper breeding standards help ensure that puppies are born healthy and do not inherit genetic issues, such as hip dysplasia or heart issues. A good breeder will be able to answer all of the questions that you may have about the parents of the puppies. Avoid breeders who do not adhere to the best breeding practices, and stay away from litters that may be the result of any type of inbreeding, since this can increase the likelihood of health issues in the future.
Get a Contract
Most breeders begin placing puppies with their new homes before the litter is even born. Thus, this is why a deposit is asked for. Prior to putting down a deposit, as for a contract from the breeder. The majority of reputable breeders will offer a contract that outlines when you can expect to bring your puppy home, the type of veterinary care the puppy will receive prior to going home, and whether or not you are allowed to breed your puppy in the future.
Reach out to local breeders if you're looking for a specific type of dog, like cockapoo puppies for sale.