My daughter is nine and she’s at the age where she asks us for a dog on a regular occasion. We are a military family and because we move a lot and travel a lot, I’m having a hard time deciding on the perfect time to get a dog for our family! I know several military families that own dogs, so I plan to take some time to ask questions, do some research, and think about the pros and cons of owning a dog! I know that owning any kind of pet requires hard work and lots of love and dedication!
I’m currently researching the different types of dog breeds and reading about each breed to determine if the breed is right for a family with small children! I know that dogs come in all shapes and sizes, but the safety of my family is number one! I also am trying to decide if we want to adopt a dog from a breeder or if we want to adopt a dog from a rescue shelter. As much as I love rescue shelters, it’s hard to truly know the background of a dog if we don’t know the history of a dog.
To help us with the questions we have about adopting a dog, we are turning to the AKC Rescue Network. The American Kennel Club is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year and is committed to advancing the understanding, benefits, and care of all dogs, as well as promoting responsible dog ownership.
The AKC Rescue Network is America’s largest network of dog rescue groups. They can pair you with purebreds that need a loving home. AKC educates potential dog owners on each breeds unique qualities so that the relationship between the owner and the dog will last a lifetime. It would be hard to be paired with a dog that doesn’t fit well with our family! That’s why it’s important for us to do our homework first before adopting the perfect canine companion for us! We believe in the positive values of predictable, purebred dogs, so we are leaning heavily towards adopting a purebred dog from breeders that know the history of the dog and have given it a positive start at life!
Questions to Ask When Buying a Puppy From A Breeder
What are the puppy’s parents like?
Visit the breeder’s home or kennel and ask to see at least one of the puppy’s parents. Get an idea of what the future holds for your dog in terms of temperament and appearance.
Is the house/kennel clean?
Observe the premises. Is the house/kennel clean? Odor-free? Dogs and puppies should be clean, well fed, lively and friendly. Look for signs of malnutrition such as protruding rib cages or illness such as runny nose/eyes, coughing, lethargy and skin sores.
How do the dogs and puppies interact with their breeder?
Pay attention to how the dogs and puppies interact with their breeder. Does the breeder appear to genuinely care for the puppies and their adult dogs? Both dogs and puppies should not shy away from the breeder and should be outgoing with strangers.
What is the health history?
Find out about the health of your puppy and its parents. Breeders should be honest about the breed’s strengths and weaknesses and knowledgeable about the genetic diseases that can affect their breed – including what’s being done to avoid them. Breeders should be willing to share proof of health screenings such as OFA and CERF certificates with potential buyers.
When can I bring the puppy home?
Don’t expect to bring home the puppy until its eight to 12 weeks of age. Puppies need ample time to mature and socialize with its mother and littermates.
What paperwork do I need?
Don’t leave the premises without the appropriate documentation of the dog’s pedigree, a.k.a. “papers.” The words “American Kennel Club” as well as the AKC logo should be clearly visible. You’ll need to send in this application form to register your dog with the AKC. Be wary of a breeder who refuses/hesitates to give you papers, wants to charge you more for AKC papers, offers papers from a registry other than the AKC, or tells you he/she will mail them to you at a later date.
If you are buying a puppy from a breeder in the near future, these are great questions to ask yourself before buying.
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