Tips on choosing a dog
How do you choose the right dog? Ask yourself:
Do I have enough time, energy, space and financial security to own a dog (if not, consider another pet or delay pet ownership)?
What is my lifestyle (be honest) – energetic or a couch potato? The best choice of a dog is one who matches your lifestyle.
What breeds do I like – looks and especially personality? Traditionally breeds such as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or the Labrador are great with kids. Terriers can be too full-on and Dalmatians are often too energetic for young families. Lots of lovely mixed breeds too.
What experience do I have with dogs? (People tend to choose the dogs they had as children).
Am I willing to take on the responsibility for the pup’s needs – companionship, learning? Would an older dog be more suitable?
Then meet the breeds, meet the breeders, meet the parents, meet the pups. A researched decision is a good one!
Questions to ask a breeder
Here's a list of suggested questions that you might like to ask a dog breeder. They will most likely have lots of questions for you too, so don;t be afraid to ask and to choose from a breeder that you get suitable answers from...
- What health problems does this breed have? Have you had any problems?
- When would I be able to get a pup from you? When is your next litter planned?
- Have you bred before? Any health or behaviour problems that you know of with the parents or litters of pups?
- Tell us about the mother and fathers’ temperaments.
- Do you have children or will you have children visiting the puppies? (The answer should be yes). Can I bring my children to visit (under supervision)?
- Where will the pups be reared- inside, outside? What sort of experiences will they have in your care?
- Do you desex prior to purchase?
- Who will pick the pup we get?
- What will you be feeding the puppy prior to us getting it?
- What’s the best thing and worst thing about this breed/ your dogs?