Thinking about getting a dog? Do you know what you want? What dog is right for you?
If you answered yes to any of these questions you are ready to move forward in the process. Getting a puppy is not something that you should take lightly. The fur baby will soon become a part of your family. Take the time to figure out which breed fits your lifestyle the best. What size of dog do you need, and how dependent do you want them to be on you?
Making these types of decisions should be based upon an educated idea of what you are looking for. That is where a reputable breeder comes in. There are many reasons why you should always purchase your puppy from a dog breeder that specializes in it.
- Reputation-One of the biggest reasons that you should get your pup from a reputable dealer is that you get a dog that is treated like family. They are raised up properly. Socialized. Partially trained. They have had their shots and been groomed. A dog breeder will be a wealth of knowledge for you. Have any questions about attitude or little quirks? The breeder will have the answers because they have been through it and seen it all when it comes to that specific breed. Just be careful of who you go through, though. You never want to get a dog from a puppy mill. A puppy mill is a location that breeds dogs to sell, and they do not care for them properly. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) states that they are breeding and keeping dogs in cruel conditions simply to sell them for a profit. You will know one if you see it. If you do, walk away, and find a reputable breeder.
- Health-The health of your new addition to the family is probably on the forefront of your thoughts. Purchasing a puppy from someone that is a part of a community of educated purebred breeders is a huge bonus when it comes to their current health. They can also clue you in to what to expect in the future as they grow older. The fur baby will have been born from an extensive line of papered ancestors. The breeder will be able to tell you if health issues are part of the breed, and exactly what they are. It helps in preparing for the day that it happens and allows you to be proactive and do what you can to delay the ailments.
- Accidents-If something should happen to you what will happen to the dog if you have no one that could care for them. A reputable breeder will take the animal back without any issues. What happens to the dog will not have to weigh heavily on your mind. You will know that they will be taken care of by someone that will treat them like family, the same way that you have raised them.
If you do not know, Wikipedia explains what a purebred dog is. They are a dog that has written documentation of their lineage. They will have good ancestors that they will be like. They will look, act, and have the same characteristics. You will know exactly what type of fur baby that you are getting. No surprises will arise, outside of uncontrollable health issues.
Once you have finished your research and you are done figuring out the type of dog that you need, it is time to move on. Buy through a reputable breeder that has the knowledge and moral fortitude to give you a great dog that fits your family perfectly.