The Most Important Questions To Ask The Breeder
Buying a new pedigree puppy requires a large investment of time, money and research in order to get things right, and ensure that you buy a healthy, viable puppy that is a good fit for you and your family. Once you have decided what breed or type of puppy you wish to buy, the hard work really begins! Even between pedigree puppies of the same breed, there is a vast amount of variation between the standard of puppies available, and the way that the breeder in question manages the breeding process, the raising of the puppies and the ongoing improvement of their breed lines.
Even if you are not concerned about owning a show quality puppy and are simply looking for an appealing family pet, you will of course wish to ensure that you start off on the right foot, with a puppy that has been thoughtfully chosen, bred for health and temperament, and responsibly cared for before you take them home.
Here is a list of the most important questions to ask the breeder of any puppy you might be considering buying.
Have any health tests been performed on the puppies or the parents?
Some pedigree dog breeds are more prone than others to a range of genetically inherited health conditions, many of which can be tested for prior to breeding. It is wise to find out if the breed of puppy you are considering is particularly prone to any inherited problems- such as hip dysplasia or eye problems- and find out if the breeder in question tests their parent dogs and/or the puppies, in order to minimise the chances of passing problems of these types on down the line.
What socialisation and temperament testing have the puppies undertaken?
While young puppies under 12 weeks old will not generally have begun any training or be expected to understand training commands, nevertheless, the first 12 weeks of life are a very formative stage in the young dog’s life, and the competent and experienced breeder will have spent this time wisely when raising the puppies.
The puppies should be used to the presence of people, being handled and picked up, and should have been exposed to normal household sounds, comings and goings and other day to day occurrences. The personalities and temperaments of the puppies will begin to manifest themselves at this stage as well, and the knowledgeable breeder will be able to comment on and discuss the personality and temperament that each puppy is beginning to display with any potential buyer.
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