Planning on buying a puppy? Super cute! But don't rush into it. Remember that your new four-legged friend will be part of your family every day for 10 to 12 years – sometimes longer – and it is your responsibility to keep the dog healthy and happy. Buying a puppy is quite an investment.
That’s why it’s important to think carefully about which dog you’ll bring home to be your pet. Sometimes you also need to be patient before the ideal puppy crosses your path.
What’s important to know before buying a puppy?
Choose the right breed for you
- Sure, a puppy is very cute, but remember: the dog will grow too. If you live in a small apartment, it is best to consider buying a puppy from a smaller breed that needs less room to move, such as a Maltese, a Pug, a Chihuahua or a Bichon Frisé.
- Be honest with yourself and your future dog and consider how much time you can spend with the animal. For example, a Border Collie is only happy when it is at work. A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel needs a lot of attention and affection. Inquire with the breeder about the characteristics of the breed that you have in mind.
- If you have other pets or children, it’s best to choose from a social breed when buying a puppy. Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Basset Hounds and Beagles are usually friendly. But much also depends on how the dog is trained and socialized with other animals and children during the crucial first months.
Buying a puppy from the right breeder
Breeders who breed only one or two different breeds usually have a better knowledge of their dogs. Ideally, they also spend a lot of time with their dogs so that they are already well socialized. Also consider these tips:
- A puppy should not be too young when it leaves the litter. After all, the dog needs enough time to learn the necessary social skills. From the age of eight weeks, a puppy is independent enough to go to his new home without his mom. Legally, that is also the minimum age.
- A good breeder will introduce the puppy to all kinds of objects, sounds and people during its first weeks. After waiting four weeks, you can visit the puppy for the first time. That way you can immediately see what kind of environment the puppy is growing up in. Preferably in a home environment. This way he can easily evolve into a pleasant and social family dog.
- Is the puppy being raised with other dogs? Even better! The way the dog interacts with other animals says a lot about its character. Meanwhile, it’s important to know if you have other pets at home.
- Choose a puppy with a personality that is well-suited to yours. In every litter there is a puppy who wants to play with you right away, while its brother or sister only comes to ask for a hug after a long time. A dog's breed has a big influence on its temperament, but remember that no two dogs are the same, even if they grew up in the same litter.