What should I know before buying a puppy?
- Your breeder should provide medical history on the puppy. Depending on the age of adoption, this will include one or two sets of puppy shots or other care like routine worming. The purchase contract may require owners to maintain specific health care practices, feed recommended diets or other specific instructions.
- 1 What paperwork should a breeder give you when you buy a puppy?
- 2 What information should a dog breeder provide?
- 3 How do you tell if a puppy is healthy before you buy?
- 4 What health tests should a breeder do?
- 5 How do I know if a dog breeder is reputable?
- 6 What should I look for when buying a puppy from a breeder?
- 7 What do I need for a puppy checklist?
- 8 What questions should I ask when buying a puppy?
- 9 Should puppies be vet checked before buying?
- 10 Which puppy should I pick from the litter?
- 11 What health clearances should all dogs have before breeding?
- 12 What is a puppy health check?
- 13 What test do dogs need before breeding?
What paperwork should a breeder give you when you buy a puppy?
Purebred pups from breeders should come with papers that show it’s been registered with the relevant breed association or canine club. Ask the breeder for the registration of your puppy’s parents, including certificates showing they’ve been screened for common hereditary diseases.
What information should a dog breeder provide?
Summary: This section requires that dog breeders provide a written disclosure upon the sale of any dog with information such as the breeder’s name and address, the dog’s birth date, breed. sex, color, and vet record, and a signed statement from the breeder that the dog has no known diseases.
How do you tell if a puppy is healthy before you buy?
Signs of Good Health
- Eyes: Should be bright and clear.
- Ears: Should be clean and free of discharge, odor and redness.
- Nose: Should be clean, without discharge or sores.
- Mouth: Should smell fresh.
- Coat: Should be shiny and clean.
- Weight: Active, playful puppies are rarely overweight.
What health tests should a breeder do?
Tests for Breeding Pairs and Puppies:
- Hip scoring.
- Elbow grading.
- Eye testing.
- Hearing tests.
- Thyroid tests.
- Heart testing.
- DNA testing.
How do I know if a dog breeder is reputable?
10 Signs of a Good Breeder
- You’ll meet the breeder in person.
- The breeder will have lots of questions for you.
- You’ll meet the father and mother.
- You’ll see the facilities.
- There won’t be lots of different breeds available.
- You may have to wait for a puppy.
What should I look for when buying a puppy from a breeder?
Here are some tips for finding — and working with — a responsible breeder:
- Meet the Breeder.
- Ask questions.
- See the pup’s parents.
- Get a full medical history.
- Be patient.
- Check out our Breeder of Merit and Bred with H.E.A.R.T Programs.
What do I need for a puppy checklist?
4. Stock up on puppy supplies.
- Puppy food.
- Stainless steel, dishwasher-safe water bowls and food bowls.
- Puppy treats, including training treats.
- Adjustable collar (since your pup will grow quickly!)
- ID tags with contact info like phone number.
- Basic leash.
- Long leash for training.
- Potty training pads.
What questions should I ask when buying a puppy?
Here are some suggested questions to ask when buying a puppy:
- Can I see the puppies with their mum?
- How old are the puppies?
- Are the puppies weaned?
- How old is mum?
- How many litters has mum had?
- Have the puppies been wormed?
- Have the puppies had any vaccinations?
Should puppies be vet checked before buying?
A vet should have checked the puppies within their first few weeks to identify any health issues. Puppies should be being weighed regularly to ensure they are putting on weight at the expected rate.
Which puppy should I pick from the litter?
Selecting (or having the breeder select) the puppy who is neither first or last when called, is neither shy nor a bully with littermates, and is neither outstanding or underwhelming in the litter will often be the best match for a happy family: easy to train, travel with, manage, and adapt to your daily life.
What health clearances should all dogs have before breeding?
Pre-breeding health checks include:
- Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) certification.
- Hip certification, either through the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) or University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Plan (PennHip)
- Test for brucellosis.
What is a puppy health check?
Your vet will check your puppy over, including listening to their heart and lungs, running their hands over their abdomen to check for any unusual signs, checking for problems with their skin, coat, eyes and ears and scanning their microchip to check it’s in working order.
What test do dogs need before breeding?
Brucella Testing: It is easily screened for on a blood test. Both the male and female dog should be tested prior to breeding. Brucellosis not only can cause health problems for the adult dogs, but it can also cause sterility, abortion and early puppy death.