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Before You Buy

Will a breeder ask me questions?

Yes, if they are a responsible breeder.  Responsible breeders will be screening you as they decide on the best home for each puppy.

Do I need to evaluate breeders?

Yes.  Ask to see at least one of the parents (the dam or the sire) of your puppy. See how the dogs in your breeder's home or kennel interact with your breeder. Are they friendly and outgoing, or do they shy away?

Where do I look to find a puppy?

Purchase a puppy from a responsible and well-respected breeder. Responsible breeders are concerned with the welfare of each litter and also maintain a wealth of knowledge about the breed you’ve chosen. 

What about my neighbors?

How will your neighbors react if they hear your dog running around all day? Is your neighborhood pet-oriented? Are there dog parks or safe areas to exercise and socialize your dog?

What considerations about size and energy do I need to consider?

If you are planning to bring a Dalmatian into your studio apartment in New York City, you may want to reevaluate. A Dalmatian is high energy and needs daily rigorous exercise.

How clean does my home need to be?

Puppies do not know better, and if trash or clothes are left on the ground, the puppy will think it is his to play with and destroy! 

Is a fence required to buy a puppy?

Unless you live in a metropolitan neighborhood of condos and high rise buildings, you do need a fence where the puppy can exercise and be safe.

Is my home ready for a puppy?

When bringing a puppy into the home there are many things to consider. A puppy has no boundaries unless you create them and will go to the bathroom wherever he chooses unless trained. Training will take time, but there are somethings you can start thinking about now. 

How long does it take to decide aboout buying a puppy?

Buying a puppy is like buying anything else: the more thought and research you put into it, the easier the decision and process will be. So, take your time.  This is a decision and a committment of years, not a few months.

Do I have time in my schedule for a puppy?

Caring for a puppy is not just a financial investment, but also an emotional and time-consuming commitment. Getting a dog requires a lifestyle change. A dog, particularly a puppy, must receive daily care. This means proper diet, grooming, exercise, and veterinary visits.

Here are some questions you should ask yourself before purchasing a dog.

  1. Does my career and social life allow the time to raise and care for a dog?
  2. How many hours a day will my dog be left alone?
  3. If I cannot be home one evening, can I find someone else to walk the dog?

Do I have the necessary finances to take care of a puppy?

Raising a puppy is a huge financial undertaking and certainly involves much more than just a one-time fee. You must keep in mind the plethora of expenses that occur prior to bringing your puppy home and after. Don’t forget that your puppy will entail a 10-15-year commitment, too. Your puppy will need proper care: food, vet visits, and supplies (food bowls, collar, leash and toys).

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