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Once you have chosen a respectable breeder that you can trust it’s time to choose the right puppy. Please be aware that you probably won’t get your puppy immediately. You may have to wait even months for the right litter but it’ll be well worth it.
Sometimes you can be fortunate and have several litters available at the same time. You can compare puppies and their parents and you have a wider range to choose from. It’s possible you will be asked to put a $100 deposit on a litter of your choice if the puppies are not seven weeks old.
This is a good thing for you because good litters go out very fast. The catch is that not all litters are the same, even from well bred dogs. Some are predisposed to higher energy, some to lower, some will be more dominant others submissive.
Which One Is The Right Puppy For You?
There will even be differences between puppies of the same litter. Your best bet is to go through what type of dog you’re looking for with the breeder. Tell him if you want the dog to be a hunting companion or a household pet, if you have small children, maybe you’re considering competing in obedience.
He will likely ask several questions about your lifestyle and habits because he’s trying to get as good a match as he can get for his dogs. In any case, the perfect home for one dog is not the perfect home for any dog, even if they’re from the same litter.
Don’t be surprised or offended if you’re not permitted to choose your puppy by yourself. It’s very common for the breeder to do it for you. It makes sense too, he spends a lot more time with the puppies and knows each individual’s temperament a lot better than you. They often do tests which help the breeder make a selection that is just right for you. If you see that the breeder is knowledgeable and caring let him do the work.
How Should The Puppy Be Like?
Remember that most puppies are cute and lovable but you’re looking for more than that. Many features depend on the breed, but every puppy should feel firm, muscular and should squirm a little when you first pick him up. His eyes and ears should be free of discharge and their gums should be pink.
Should the breeder offer several puppies to choose from taking each one in turn away from the rest and see its reaction to you and the new environment? An ideal case would be if he is willing to explore, but a little cautious at first. Talk to him and see if he follows you around, roll a ball and see what his instincts are. He should show at least some interest and awareness in moving objects.
Don’t make a decision based solely on the fact that he’s cute. You’re interested in his behavior and his instincts. How he looks like will change dramatically in the upcoming months.
It’s also a good idea to gently annoy the puppies a little bit and see how they react. They shouldn’t be aggressive and they shouldn’t be fearful either. What you want is a doggie that is patient and tolerant with a little tease, especially if you have young children.
Speaking of young children. Be very careful with that. You will need to teach your children how to behave accordingly and you cannot leave them alone unsupervised.
Finally ask that you can see the dam and, if possible, the sire as well. If you see any shyness or aggression it is an indication of poor temperament. And your puppy might inherit these traits.
Again, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Even if you feel a bit intrusive and annoying. It’s better for the breeder to see you show interest. If you feel that you won’t have enough time to raise a puppy don’t worry, there are plenty of older dogs to choose from.