A dog who has genetic health problems due to poor breeding practices or who develops significant behavior problems due to a lack of early socialization can cost thousands of dollars to treat—and result in grief and heartache as well.
Consider the life time commitment.
Consider your new puppy will likely live 10 to 20 years, so it's well worth investing some time now to be sure you're working with a reputable dog breeder who breeds healthy, happy dogs and keeps them in clean and humane conditions.
Consider the cost of a new puppy or dog. Purchasing a puppy can be expensive but not nearly as costly as the long-term care of owning the dog.
Purchase or Adopt?
Decide if you're going to purchase a new puppy from a reputable dog breeder or adopt.
Try not to choose a dog breed that is highly energetic if you're a couch potato. But, if you want a dog breed that will follow you everywhere around the house and who is always ready for a game of fetch or tug of war then you should consider a dog that is highly active and always has lots of energy, instead of one of the lethargic breeds.
A dog who has genetic health problems due to poor breeding practices or who develops significant behavior problems due to a lack of early socialization can cost thousands of dollars to treat and can result in grief and heartache as well.***Make sure the parents of your choosen breed, have been tested for that breeds genetic health issues.***
Find a Reputable VET. All veterinarian are NOT created equally, so use the same due diligents required the find your selected reputable dog breeder, to find a vet.
veterinarian will establish a proper puppy vaccination schedule for your new puppy.
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WHAT A REPUTABLE BREEDER WILL LOOK FOR IN A BUYER:
A responsible dog breeder is going to screen the buyer to ensure that the puppy they have worked so hard to breed and raise goes to a home that is going to love and care for the puppy as much as they would. They'll make sure that the buyer is aware of both the positive and negative attributes of their breed. To some, this screening process may seem intrusive, some will have you complete lengthy questionnaires. But when you are buying a puppy from a reputable breeder one is to a large degree becoming part of that breeder's extended family. Much like a godparent, the breeder will contact you from time to time as to how the puppy is progressing. And like a godparent, they will look forward to the buyer sending them pictures and keeping them appraised of the puppy’s progress. In other words when you buy a puppy from a responsible breeder you are as much buying a part of that breeder as you are a puppy. They come as a package deal.
But unlike a birth parent, when you purchase a dog you have the luxury of picking a breed that is right for you. There is much to be considered in choosing the right breed. A reputable breeder will be honest with you about the good and bad aspects of their breed. You need to be equally as honest, both with yourself and the breeder, as to your needs, expectations, and experience, as all of these will factor in the determination of not only what breed is right for you but choosing a puppy from within a litter.
Once you find a breeder with whom you are comfortable, you may have to wait months or longer for one of their puppies. Consider the time and money spent at this end an investment in your dog's future, because these are the people that are going to be as concerned about the puppy's future as you are.