DO NOT BE FOOLED
Thinking of buying a puppy? Then first and foremost research the breed you are looking to buy. Please do not just go and buy the first puppy you see. This is not good advise even if buying from a reputable breeder.
Please do not resort to going through the block ads in local papers. Yes, it might seem like the easiest solution - but be warned you could be buying into a whole lot of misery, both financially and upsetting.
from any breeder who offers you a multiple choice of breeds. This
is not how puppies should be kept or sold.
Never be tempted to go into a pet shop to purchase your puppy. We cannot stress enough that the pet shop trade is a life of misery for the breeding bitches, the stud dogs and the puppies. The wastage from this inhumane trade is sickening. You might think that you are saving any puppy that you purchase from these shops - but all you are doing is condemning even more puppies and older dogs to a life of more suffering. They are bred on Puppy Farms. No matter what the seller might tell you - please be warned. Pet Shop puppies come from Puppy Farms. Puppy Farms are breeding facilities that produce purebred puppies in large numbers. The puppies are sold either directly to the public via the Internet, newspaper ads, pet shops, even from the farm itself.
So you have finally located your breeder and you have made arrangements to go and see them. They sound really nice, they also runs a boarding kennels and tell you that dogs are their life. When you get there they tell you that the mother of the litter of puppies is not well - and it is best if they bring you out a puppy to see. Be very careful... This could mean that these people have a pet shop license and buy puppies in to sell - on the other hand they might not even be licensed... whatever the case the puppies are still bred on puppy farms. The place of sale - might even be the puppy farm!
Start asking questions, ask to see all of the puppies. Take a look at the conditions they are living in, look at the condition of all the puppies (if you are allowed to see them.. Are you able to tell what age the puppies might be. Do they seem happy and socialised or do they cower away. Do they look clean. Ask who the Vet is? The breeder (always assuming that they are the breeders) might be telling the truth, the bitch might be ill... then again there might not be a bitch at all.
It is not easy is it? But if you do your all of your home work before you go and see the puppies, you should be better armed and able to spot anything that might not be right. If in doubt ask for time to go away and think about it! A good breeder will not put any pressure on you.
back over some of the points:
Puppies purchased from pet shops and people who buy into sell are no less expensive then buying from a good reputable breeder. The puppy you buy is hopefully going to be long term member of your family. The newspapers, the Internet is full of stories from people who have done just that - and they have lived to regret it. In many cases it has cost them dearly, in both, Veterinary expenses - and either the long term suffering of their pet - or the sad loss of it at a early age. Think carefully....
The choice at the end of the day is yours - but please make the right choice. Only by refusing to buy these sad little puppies will this trade ever cease.
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