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How To Choose Your Perfect Puppy – part 2

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From a breeder  OR  From a shelter?

 

Oh my goodness.  I sooo want a Cardigan Welsh Corgi!!

But I will probably never obtain one from a breeder.  Why?  I like to rescue.

Right now Dakota is the closest I come.  He’s a corgi mix.  I’m happy with that.

In the future, I will probably try to find a Cardigan Corgi from the Cardigan Corgi rescue not far from me.

 

How about you?  Which direction is calling you?

Either way, there is homework to be done.

 

If you wish to purchase from a breeder, make sure they are reputable:
  • ask to see one of the puppies parents to check temperament and appearance
  • check for any signs of malnutrition – very bony
  • make sure they are well – runny nose, eyes, cough, lethargic, sores
  • how the breeder and dogs interact – caring, dogs shy away, dog outgoing/friendly
  • breeder knows about the breed – health screens, breed strengths and weaknesses, knows genetic diseases breed can be prone to
  • breeder encourages interaction and is willing to be called if anything happens to your dog at any stage of it’s life
  • breeder has you sign a contract with care specifics and will take the dog back if the specifics aren’t met – or if you can no longer care for the dog
  • will not release the puppies before 8 weeks of age – usually 12 weeks of age
  • pedigree papers provided without extra charge and upon puppy pick up

 

If you wish to rescue:
  • often no back story and if there is one, it could be questionable, but history is just that
  • behavior can be changed.  It’s a myth that these dogs all come with behavior issues
  • the rescue is a 501(c)(3) charity
  • it has a board of directors and a good amount of volunteers
  • responds to inquiries in a timely manner and is willing to speak over the phone
  • answers any and all of your questions about the shelter
  • a clean, organized facility and/or ratio of foster homes to total number of animals
  • complies to local restrictions on number of animals allowed/residence and other laws for running a shelter – like having a kennel license
  • has a positive reputation in the community among veterinarians, animal shelters and pet owners

 

In part 3 I’ll go over just a few more things about bringing home a new puppy, and how to start your household off right.

 

What do you think a puppy needs in order to be raised well?  Let me know in the comments below.

 

Live, Love, Bark,

Jennifer

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