Puppy Purchasing Pitfalls
Let’s assume you have done your homework, asked yourself how much time do I have to spend with my pet every day, how much exercise I am willing to commit to, how much money can I afford each month for food, pet insurance and other necessary stuff?
With your homework done you’ll have a good idea of what sort of pet, breed and age you are looking for.
For many people these days getting a new pet means a trip to the local SPCA or another charity which is great news for these animals who defiantly deserve a second chance. These pets can come with issues; medical or behavioural but mostly these can be quite easily overcome.
For some people they want a puppy or kitten and they want a specific breed. These people will have to do a second set of homework questions. Pedigree pets bred by reputable breeders often only come around once or twice a year and they rarely have to advertise their babies for sale. You will have to ask yourself am I willing to wait for a pup or kitten of my choice? Am I able to afford the purchase cost of a pedigree pet?
Next is the research to find out if the breeder you are looking at will be the right one for your new pet. The MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do when considering a certain breeder is to go see them and their breeding establishment. As a caring pet owner willing to pay thousands of Rands for your next pet, do you like what you see? NEVER buy online or from a newspaper.
Most good breeders specialise in one breed. Be very wary of those offering a range of breeds.
A good pup starts out with good parents. The parents need to be healthy, without any genetic issues that are prevalent in their breed. Do your homework. Is it recommended for your chosen breed to have hips / elbow / eyes / heart checked or certified? Reputable breeders will generally only breed from a female 2 years and older and will never mate her more than once a year.
Breeding pets kept in homes as part of the family are likely to have better temperaments, pups born in to this environment will be better socialised when ready to rehome at about 10 weeks to their new owner.
Most breeders have a purchase / sale agreement that you will need to sign this usually includes a clause that they will take the dog back should you be unable to keep it showing total commitment to the dog just not the money generated from the sale!
Your long awaited bundle of fun will now be yours! They will be bright eyed with a shiny coat, poop normally and greet you in a friendly, confident manner. They should come with a vaccination certificate completed and signed by a veterinarian. Any litter registered with KUSA will also be microchipped.