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Advice on buying a puppy.

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by sallyanne, Jul 8, 2008.


  1. porchpotty

    porchpotty PetForums Member

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    I really agree! :)
     
  2. Smauler

    Smauler PetForums Newbie

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    You are looking for a known cat friendly rescue GSD? Seriously?
     
  3. hawksport

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    Why wouldn't they be serious
     
  4. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    Not all rescues are "problem" dogs, many have been given up for genuine reasons like a change in owners circumstances, and therefor are just regular family dogs used to things like kids and cats, and could well have been brought up with cats.
    Not only that, all reputable rescues put the dogs through a stringent assessment, to see how they respond to things like other dogs, kids, and cats as well, so its very likely that you can find a cat friendly dog in rescue.

    So Seriously!!
     
  5. auxonian

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    Nice bit of seo you slipped in there. Hope you find a puppy that isn't sick next time!
     
  6. bluesupero

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    Hi There
    What a lot of good advice.
    I waited for many years to get my puppy (she will come home to us in 5 weeks) Because I wanted to be able to dedicate my time to her. I did all my research and always knew I wanted to have a border collie, my friend has always had them, so I knew the work involved.
    It took me a long time to find an available litter and had my name on many a list,
    BUT my patience payed off, and the breeder I am getting her from is amazing, everything you want your puppy to come from and ticked EVERY box, she answers all my silly and not so silly questions, we can visit anytime, she is totally hands on and her dogs are happy and beautifully cared for and loved, it is so obvious.
    What shocked me in my search, was the ammount of people giving their dogs and pups up, cos of a house move, new baby or no time, Surely a dog is for life, excuse the age old saying, and thats why it took us a long time to make the commitment, we had to be sure the cicumstances were right. I stay away once a week to help my sis out with her family, And made a point of saying I can only carry on if the dog can come too, luckily she has no prob with that.
    But some of those ad's sure upset me,some of those dogs were treated like unwanted items ;(
    Anyway, looks like I am going to enjoy this forum,
    lots of interesting things on here,
    Lolly
     
  7. simplysardonic

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    Plenty of cat friendly rescue GSDs out there, I have had a total of 3 so far & would always choose a rescue GSD
     
  8. BunnyGirlz

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    I lost my cute puppy last month because of an accident, therefore I hope to buy a new one. I think it is better to follow your tips to buy a puppy.
     
  9. Kicksforkills

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    Just to say, Dexter's breeder is doing a home check but disguising it.

    She never used the words "home check" or visit.

    She just said she'd bring the puppy with the paperwork to our house.

    Pretty obvious what's happening though.

    That's a BIG tick for me. Of course, this alone isn't reason. I went to he house first, which you should always do.
     
  10. FEJA JUODAS

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    in agreement....i do think the KC like other KCs do checks to award breeders approval on their list...but we all know of cases of some breeders on recommended also BREED CLUB LISTS that are verbally said even by those club members to be unsuitable....getting them OFF the recommended lists is difficult once on them as i understand it...legal accusations actions taken even failed in one instance i am thinking of....and i am cynical i admit in thinking MONEY TALKS so big breeders get away with it easier than small breeders or one offs to get banned due to being big fund providers to the breed clubs...

    i dont agree with the criticism levelled at the refuges rescues for not doing more to give advice on settling dogs in other than LET THE DOGS SORT IT OUT between them....MONEY dictates how much effort and help rescues can provide, and i suggest far less possible than for private making money sellers of dogs...and...having myself received that advice from a rescue DESPERATE to avoid taking in a HUSKEY i met just arriving to be put in rescue one day...my dog was not liking the other dog as i got her out of the car to meet...i didnt take the huskey therefore due to my dog being anti when the rescue was saying GIVE IT A FEW DAYS and i cant say it might not have worked...i just didnt take the dog...I also didnt take a raving foaming at mouth aggressive in a cell alone alsation ex guard dog of private person who abandoned it in rescue due to not being able to leave it anywhere when on holiday i add...the rescue did NOT suggest i did in that case...it needed a very careful owner...so i have no criticism of rescues in this respect who do a soul destroying job for little money and help save some dogs lives if not all

    BUY NOT FROM A BIG NUMBER OF DOGS BREEDER BUT SMALL FAMILLY PET BREEDER WITH FEW DOGS is my advice too ! i fail to understand how anyone with 20 AND MORE DOGS can give enough attention to their dogs for socialisation love of the dogs in cages mostly ! BUY FROM A FAMILY BREEDER whose dog lives in the house with them ! not in a kennel ! i dont understand how BIG NUMBERS OF DOGS owned breeders end up even on a recommended KC or BREED CLUB LIST !
     
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  11. BlackBen

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    Good advice to keep in mind.
     
  12. lab

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    really interesting post and informitive. thanks you
     
  13. Alfshuman

    Alfshuman time to stop work and start playing

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    Feja is right about the potential minefield of buying from breeders with so many dogs (poor temperament due to lack of attention and housetraining being two obvious ones) and that here are no guarantees that KC/breed club registered automatically mean good breeder. BUT a private breeder with few dogs doesn't either. I've been involved with the dachshund breed council on raising awareness of health and welfare issues for several years now and am constantly shocked by the ignorance of the significance of inherited conditions that could impact hugely on later life amongst breeders of all sizes. At least if the breeder is a member of a breed club of KC scheme they should be aware of recommended DNA testing - if the particular breed club is prepared to acknowledge the problem. Some breeders are even prepared to lie for a sale. I've contacted people advertising pups online, posing as a prospective puppy buyer. ive asked if their dogs have been tested for a specific condition and been told that generations of their line have been tested clear .... I knew that particular test for lafora in mini wire dachshunds was only finally perfected in April 2013!

    The reality is that there is no one size fits all model. Every breed, breeder and dog is different. All the propsective puppy buyer can do is research, research, research and be extremely diligent and patient in their search to find the gems amongst the dross. This WHOLE topic is a good place to start that research to get a balanced idea and understand more about the massive pitfalls awaiting a potential puppy buyer.
     
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  14. Christy27

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    Great advice Sally. Definitely a must-read for people before owning a puppy.
     
  15. Chihuahuadk

    Chihuahuadk PetForums Newbie

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    This is such important advice. Really so crucial to think about what it encounters to have a dog (for many years). For a long time I have been thinking about getting a Chihuahua, who live for a very long time, and I haven't yet, because my life style doesn't match it - yet. I'm going to get one some day for sure. A very good site on buying a Chihuahua puppy and what to be aware of (in danish!) is Minipet - Minipet.dk. It talks about other pets as well, but has a thorough section on Chihuahua
     
  16. thomas12

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    Hi so true. I'm a 1st timer but it took me 2years of studying my breed inside and out, preparing etc. Finally found my Konrad spend quite alot of time with the breeder, who has now become a good friend, getting to know him before bringing him home. I was fortunate that the needed is local. All that said, still came as a culture shock lol.
    Wouldn't change him for the world.
    Its not a decision to make lightly. Hard work but so rewarding
     
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    we got ike from a farm saw his dad who was a very impressive border collie who had a great temperament very quick and well behaved the mother was working at the time but we were invited to see her also the farmer spent a lot of time talking with me about various things to do with jabs worming and stuff.
     
  18. magicmike

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    Good advice. Only get your puppy from a reputable breeder that has the most recommendation. Better safe than sorry !
     
  19. bryanT

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    The Chihuahua may be a diminutive breed of dog, but there is a lot more to them than meets the eye. They are by no means timid, nor have they been a breed of passive lapdogs during their long history . this kind of breed you must look up to.
     
  20. JordanWalker

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    Great advice, Sally. I agree with you Christy, this is definitely a must-read for people who are planning to adopt a puppy. I am thinking of getting new pup and will definitely be checking what was mentioned on this thread. Getting your own puppy will give you a big responsibility as they should be treated like your own baby. They are not just a toy that you will be dumping after a month when you already had enough of it.
     
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