Buying and raising a puppy. Step 1: pick the pup that fits you!

Purchasing a puppy

Your pup will be a part of your family, so it is important that you make the right decision. Sometimes you need to have a little patience, because the right pup can be a long time coming. The ideal age for a puppy to leave its mother is 8 weeks. If you take it away earlier, it could harm its further growth and general development; moreover, it is not permitted by law.

What do you have to pay attention to when choosing a puppy?

The dog breed: keep in mind that not all breeds are a perfect fit:

  • If you live in a small apartment, you need to consider choosing a smaller breed that requires less room to move, like a Maltese, a pug, a chihuahua, a Yorkshire terrier...
  • If you have other pets or children, you should choose a very social breed, such as a golden retriever, a Labrador retriever, a basset hound, a beagle... A lot depends on the dog's training and his socialisation with children and other animals during the puppy months.

Pick the right breeder. Ideally you should choose a breeder who breeds a maximum of 2 breeds, who spends lots of time on his dogs and, consequently, knows a lot about the breed.

  • A good breeder makes sure that the puppy gets to know objects, sounds and humans already during his first weeks. After 4 weeks the pup can already get used to visitors. Many breeders will also allow you to visit your chosen puppy. That way you can see whether the pups are growing well.
  • Definitely analyse the parents' character when you get the chance, because the apple never falls far from the tree.
  • Is the pup raised together with other dogs? Then, you can learn much about its character by observing how he behaves towards the other dogs.
  • Choose a puppy that fits you well. If you have a busy and loud family, then it might be better to choose a puppy full of life, rather than a puppy that stays submissively in the corner.
  • Definitely check whether the pup is growing up at the breeder's in a domestic environment, so he can grow up to be a pleasant and social family dog.

Tip: when you need some extra help, you can always consult your vet, the dog training school or a breeder's association.

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