With Christmas approaching and pet shops receiving large numbers of puppies many people start thinking about puppies as possible Xmas gifts.
My main tips on this matter would be:
- is the possible puppy owner ready for the
commitment of puppy ownership?
- can they afford caring, feeding, looking after the puppy, have time to train it properly and enrolling into a good puppy training school?
- do they have any knowledge on how to look after a puppy?
- do the other family members agree with this decision?
- do they have a good sized backyard and room indoors to keep it
Other points to consider:
- don't buy on impulse, give it a good thought first
Puppies aren't just a Xmas present. Dogs can live up to 14 years so person would
need to be wiling to care for the pet during all that time
- if willing to go ahead: buy a puppy from a reputable breeder
- research the breed first, if suitable for the person's lifestyle, don't buy only
based on looks, because it looks cute as all puppies do.
- if possible Vet check puppy to check for good health, conformation and
- check all puppy papers and vaccination cards
- in the case of a breeder - never buy a puppy from someone who doesn't want you
to see where they keep the puppies
- if possible meet the puppy parents to check if both have good temperament
And good luck with it. Be rational and not just impulsive.