Buying a puppy can be a confusing process. There are literally hundreds of breeds, sizes, temperaments, color options and many more things to consider that will insure you are welcoming the right puppy into your home. You must think about yourself, what type of person are you? Do you have an active lifestyle? Do you plan to travel often? How experienced are you in dealing with animals?
Purchasing a puppy can become an overwhelming experience. However, there are a few steps you can take prior to the purchase that will help you have a good experience. We have compiled some of these steps you should consider prior to the purchase. The fact is that many people overlook these steps during impulse after a few minutes of looking at puppies.
Obviously, you have to determine which breed is right for you and your family. These range from small and energetic breeds, to large and lethargic and everywhere in between, long hair, short hair, shedding and non-shedding hypoallergenic breeds. Whether you are looking for a family pet, a work dog, a hunting dog or just a loyal friend, make sure you have done your research so you know what type of pet you can expect, though understand that every dog will grow to have a personality that is unique, just like us.
There are many sites online that can help you find out about the proper confirmation for the breed to make sure that you are purchasing a good representation of the breed. You should also look for temperament that will fit in with your lifestyle. It is also important to examine the parents or at the very least, pictures of the parents. This will not only give you a glimpse of what the puppy will grow up to look like, it can also provide some insight into how the breeder cares for their adult breeding animals.
Not all breeders are alike. If you are interested in a breed that is not easy to find near you, it may not be possible for an in person visit. In this case, look for a broker that offers on site inspections of the breeding facilities as part of their service. This will insure that your puppy is not only an excellent representation of the breed, but that they come from a clean, loving and caring home.
If you treat your purchase of a new puppy with the care of welcoming a new family member, you will find that you will have an excellent experience. With a little research and thought, a puppy can become a wonderful addition to your family.