How To Buy A Puppy
Learning how to buy a puppy is especially important for those that have never taken care a puppy. These young dogs can be very high maintenance. Proper care is needed in order to protect the puppy and its environment. You will need the items listed below to buy a puppy.
- Knowledge of where the puppy will live
- Think about who you are buying the puppy for. You might need to consider the age or the tastes of the person who is about to get a new pet. You'll want a puppy that suits them. For instance, smaller dogs may be hyper and jump on furniture. Some people may not like that. Large dogs might avoid the furniture or not fit on a lap, which wouldn't be fitting for someone who enjoys snuggling their puppy on their lap. Age should be a consideration as well. Younger pet owners may do better with pets that are already trained.
- Visualize the adult version of the dog in its new home. Pick the right dog for the location. For instance, a husky would not do well in a small yard in a hot climate. They enjoy working and need plenty of room to run. Huskies are also better suited to cooler climates.
- Contact your veterinarian. Your veterinarian is a good place to start. They can answer all kinds of questions and let you know what breeds may be suitable for you. For example, the shar-pei is known to have some medical problems to do with its skin. In fact, the skin of the shar-pei can even irritate the people who touch it, as it was meant to do to its opponent. You may not know this information. That's why talking to your vet is so important.
- Consider costs. Pure bred animals are going to come at a much higher price than mixed breeds. If you aren't planning to show your dog, pure bred status may not matter. If it does, you are going to want to register the dog with the American Kennel Association. There are also maintenance costs that are to be considered. Medical costs, the costs of replacing anything that a puppy might destroy and the cost of the dog itself are some considerations. For instance, if you have crystal decorations on all of your end tables, you may not want to buy a Saint Bernard whose size could cause him to destroy your collection.
- Purchase the puppy. Make sure you have everything the puppy needs before you pick it up and pay for it. You will need food, a leash, a collar and other optional items. Pay for your puppy. Take it home and love it!