Central Indiana Kennel Club
Buying a Puppy?
Here are a few do's and don'ts for buying a puppy
DO YOUR RESEARCH. DO NOT RUSH.
Answer these questions.
Do I live in a house or an apartment? Is there a fenced area for the dog to run? Maybe a bark park near by? Are there small children? Other pets? Toxic plants (many plants are toxic to dogs)?
DO NOT BUY A PUPPY FROM A "PET STORE"
MOST PUPPIES FROM A PET STORE ARE FROM "PUPPY MILLS"
THESE ARE PLACES THAT KEEP DOGS IN SMALL DIRTY CAGES AND
BREED INDISCRIMATELY FOR PROFIT. THESE PUPS ARE OF
QUESTIONABLE BACKGROUND AND WILL ALMOST ALWAYS BE OF
POOR HEALTH AND PRONE TO FUTURE HEALTH ISSUES. (GOOGLE
PUPPY MILLS FOR MANY ARTICLES ABOUT THESE PLACES)
Pet stores are an excellent source for pet supplies, food, toys, grooming etc. You should not give your business to any store that sells puppies.
GO TO A DOG SHOW.
There is always a dog show going on somewhere. Walk around the grooming area. Talk to the groomers, handlers and others in that area. Most are very willing to discuss their breed. Good points, bad points, health issues, grooming etc. Go to ringside. Watch the different breeds as they strut their stuff. Ask questions! Go to the host club table. They can provide information on different breeds and usually supply printed information. Go to infodog for show sites and dates. Check often as new shows are added.
GO TO WWW.AKC.ORG
This is the official site of the American Kennel Club.
They can provide information on all registered breeds.
They also have lists of registered breeders.
You can find information on local clubs. (an excellent source of information)
TALK TO BREEDERS
These are the people you should buy from.
A reputable breeder will meet with you to discuss if their breed(s) are a good match for you. They will want to know about housing, children other pets etc. They will talk about known health issues associated with their breed. They will talk about grooming, feeding, training, are you looking for a pet or a dog to show. If they feel you are a good match then they will discuss contracts. A breeder will have a contract for both parties to read and sign. It will contain selling price. If for a pet a clause that puppy will be spayed or neutered will be included. Likely a clause that if you EVER no longer want the dog, it WILL be returned to breeder.