So, you are going to get a thoroughbred puppy! Most likely, you are very excited and cannot wait for the moment when your new friend will finally be at home. Buying a puppy is certainly a very pleasant experience, and a great experience for those who get a dog for the first time. However, it is imperative to gather a lot of information before you make such a decision, and then even more to choose a breed and a specific puppy.
If you did everything right, buying a puppy will be a very pleasant time, laying the start of your relationship with a dog. But, unfortunately, every year a small but still significant percentage of owners make mistakes in the process that are expensive in the future. Below we list the 10 most common mistakes encountered when buying a thoroughbred puppy.
1. Not enough information collected
Information is the key to finding a healthy and cheerful puppy that fits perfectly into your family and your lifestyle. Start reading, gradually narrowing your search: from the type of dog you would like to purchase to a short list of preferred breeds. Check out their features, including those related to health and predisposition to various diseases. If you want to buy a dog from a specific breeder, collect data about him. When choosing a puppy, there is no such thing as “too much information”.
2. Buying the first puppy
Most dog lovers sincerely state that all puppies are adorable. That is why it is so easy to come to the first viewing and leave half an hour later, leaving the deposit made and not giving yourself time to think. Never buy the first puppy you see! Perhaps he will turn out to be “your” dog - but give yourself time to think before making an important decision.
3. Buying the cheapest puppy
Purebred puppies are expensive - this is an indisputable fact. This can not be called an economical enterprise, because puppies of some breeds cost more than 100,000 rubles. If someone offers you a puppy at a price that is significantly lower than the market price - most likely there are hidden reasons. Do these puppies really have a pedigree and all the necessary documents? Maybe this litter has a strong congenital predisposition to any disease? It is important to find out while there is still time.
4. Ignoring the inner voice
When you watch puppies and consider buying, listen to your inner voice. What are your feelings from the breeder, the living conditions of the puppies, their condition? Does it seem that this is a real puppy house and everything is organized as it should? If something seems wrong or strange to you, most likely it is.
5. Making hasty decisions
Once you have looked at the puppies, you may be rushed to make a decision. Perhaps the breeder talks about how quickly puppies sell, or you just don't want to miss your chance. But it is always better to be careful - there are many other puppies! Any responsible breeder will not rush you.
6. Do not see manufacturers
It is often possible to see both parents, and if you are offered this, do not refuse. However, the mother must be seen: it is with her that puppies should be up to 12 weeks of age. If the breeder says that for some reason this is not possible, leave without hesitation.
7. Consent to collect documents “later”
All purebred puppies have a registration for a dog club and a pedigree. Of course, it takes some time to get them, but the breeder should have all the necessary documents for the manufacturers. Do not make a deal until you see these papers. Do not put off viewing them until later.
8. Do not check the puppy’s health
Checking the health of the selected puppy with a veterinarian whom you trust is a procedure that the responsible breeder must agree to. Of course, you must bear all the costs involved. If you buy a puppy of a breed that is genetically predisposed to a particular disease - be sure to conduct tests, if possible.
9. Fully rely on the breeder in all matters
Usually, breeders know a lot about dogs and the breed they specialize in. However, they are not veterinarians, and their advice and assistance in no way replace the advice of a professional doctor. If the breeder says something that is fundamentally different from the opinion of the veterinarian, one must heed the opinion of the latter.
10. Lack of contract
When you have finally chosen a puppy and agreed on a price, you should receive a receipt from the breeder about the purchase. But this is not enough. You pay a large sum - what will you do if something goes wrong? Suddenly it turns out that your puppy has health problems, the treatment of which will be very expensive? It is necessary to conclude a formal purchase agreement signed by both parties. It should contain all the conditions of the transaction and the responsibility of the breeder.