Do you want a dog? Once you have decided you are ready for a dog look to source it in a way that supports animal welfare.
Adopt don’t buy. With large numbers of healthy puppies and dogs unable to find homes, consider adopting a rescue dog and help alleviate the “wastage” that irresponsible breeding and ownership creates. Don’t buy from puppy farms, even if you feel sorry for the puppy; more will be bred to replace it. Visit the breeding facility and look carefully at the environment where the puppy is being raised. It should be hygienic and provide the puppy with the opportunity to socialise with people and other animals.
Satisfy yourself that the mating pair selection was made with consideration to the health and wellbeing of the resulting puppies.
Ensure that the puppy’s health has been well managed.
Ensure that the puppy’s behavioural needs have been met.
Select a breeder who will provide support and follow up care.
A responsible breeder will also be knowledgeable about the breed and the care of new puppies. They will be keen to provide follow-up support and you should receive printed advice about: