Choosing The Right Dog For You And Your Family

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Choosing The Right Dog For You And Your Family

by Michael Ron

How do you find a breeder?

1. Ask a veterinarian. They usually have breeder referral lists.
2. Your phone book to find local breed dog clubs that can help you with referrals
3. Online classifieds
4. Newspaper classifieds
5. Attending dog shows
6. Ask a dog groomer, or anyone in the dog service industry

When choosing a dog breeder, you should be asking several questions to start the dialogue:

1. Where are you located?
2. What is your home like?
3. Do you have children?
4. Do you have other pets? If so, what kind?
5. Do you breed mulitiple breeds of dogs?
6. What is the temperament of the dog I am interested in?
7. How are the babies raised?
8. When are the puppies allowed to go to their new homes?
9. Do you require that the puppy be spayed or neutered?
10. What is your worming schedule?
11. Do you vaccinate your puppies? If so, when?
12. How about the bloodlines and the pedigrees?
13. What is the health guarantee on this puppy?
14. Can I meet the sire and dam?
15. May I contact your vet about the health of this puppy and your dogs in general?
16. Do you have references of other pet owners that have adopted your puppies in the past?
17. Can I contact you with questions along the way if I decide to buy a puppy?
18. How long have you been breeding?

By now, you should have a good feel of the person you are buying your puppy from. The rest of it comes from your gut instinct. Do you feel comfortable with this person? Do they seem very knowledgeable in this breed? It's awfully hard to say no to a beautiful puppy dog staring at you, but it's important to feel that you have the support behind you if there are problems down the road. Remember, this is a new family member. Make sure you choose wisely!

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