"It's the only
family member you get to choose, so choose well." Do your
research? As you have to spend the next 10-15 year looking
Some points to consider.
1. Attend some Dog Shows,
talk to as many breeders as you can.
This will help you educate yourself about the breeds you think you
The better informed you are about the breeds your are looking at,
the easier it will be to find that dog that will give you the most
That adorable puppy in the window of the pet store is hard to resist,
but you may be paying a lot of money for a dog that you know very
An impule buy could be the worst thing you
could do when choosing your new family member.
Stop, & think about it!
Most good breeders prefer you to come & look then go home and think
about it. They will also try to advise you as best as they can to
all the good and bad points of their breed, and whether this breed
would suit your lifestyle.
rush in and buy the first pup you see, waiting for the right pup
for you is always the best way.
breeders can inform you about genetic diseases common in the breed
you want and are generally happy to share their knowledge.
Health: Any breed of dog can have genetic problems
that can be passed from generation to generation by breeding dogs
that carry the flawed gene.
Many of these genetic problems can be detected with today's technology,
but these tests are expensive.
People who are concerned about the welfare and future of their breed
will have these tests conducted to preserve and improve in the future
quality of their breed.
Most good breeders are more concerned about
the health of the puppies that they are producing than the money
that they will or won't make on the production of a litter.
the breeders to show you proof of genetic tests and hip & elbow
x-rays (the lower the score the better it is).
to see one or both of the parents of your new puppy.
sometime at the breeders to find out what their intentions for the
breed are and to view the temperament of their animals.
positive alternatives if you would like an older dog are adopting
a rescue dog from various rescue
organizations located throughout each State or Territory.
9. Make the
decision of whether you would like a Male or Female?
you want to Show, or trial competitively with your dog? Answer this
before you buy.
Remember, when you
buy a puppy, you are adding another member to your family, not just
another piece of furniture that can be disposed of at the smallest
whim. You would not have a child without careful research and planning
for the child's future ten or fifteen years down the road. Your
new dog should be no different. Adding a dog to the family is a
long term commitment and responsibility that should be taken seriously
and only acted upon after careful consideration and research.