Looking to Buy a Puppy? 3 Tips to Help You Choose the Right Puppy

As National Puppy Day lands, it gives us a chance to take a step back and remind ourselves of some of the important factors we should keep in mind when it comes to choosing a puppy.

With such a surge in new dog owners over the last year now is a good chance to share a useful checklist if you’re either thinking about getting a puppy or adding a new doggie addition to your family.

Above everything, choosing a puppy is an exciting time! It’s a journey that the entire household can get involved in right up until the day you collect your new pup and beyond as you settle your new furry friend into its forever home.

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3 Tips to Help You Choose a Puppy

So, here are some key things to keep in mind:

#1 Research breeds to ensure you’re choosing one that’s right for you and your circumstances

Lhasa Apso’s are known to be great to cuddle up with, Jack Russell’s are devoted, and adventurous and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s are known to make great lap dogs. Springer Spaniel’s are renowned for their love of the outdoors and long walks, while Maltese’s enjoy learning new tricks.

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Every breed has its own quirks. Some prefer lots of exercise and some are happy with shorter walks. Choosing a breed that suits your lifestyle is an important factor. So is choosing a breed that has a personality you’re going to bond with.

You may have grown up with a particular breed or simply be drawn to a certain type. Whatever your reason for choosing a breed, it’s important to carry out your own research to help you make an informed decision. It’s also worth speaking to friends or family who are already owners to breeds you admire to find out more about them in home settings. Find out how to choose a breed to help match your lifestyle.

 

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Our Newest Team Member ‘Hope’ – Sprocker Spaniel born 30/01/21

 

#2 Consider costs beyond the purchase of your puppy

Sometimes the costliest part of getting a dog is when you pay the breeder before taking custodianship of your perfect pup. Especially given teh price rises seen since the COVID -19 pandemic

However, you also need to think about pet insurance costs, any vet bill costs and the day-to-day running costs from having a dog. This includes food, equipment, dog grooming and dog walking services, if this is something you need to consider while at work or out of the house for extended periods of time.

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#3 Check the credentials of the pet breeder you buy from

Getting a puppy is an expensive purchase and like any big life purchase, you’ll want to carry out your due diligence to make that sure you’re comfortable with where your pup is coming from.

Most breeders can be trusted but be aware of petfishing, which is when pet breeders sell dogs with known health issues for money. Seeking advice from your local vet or kennel club will help direct you to a reputable breeder to ensure your pup is coming from a reliable breeder.

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Over To You:

Have you recently become a new puppy owner or maybe your awaiting that perfect pup but have chosen the breed?  We’d love to know what factors you’ve taken into account while choosing – just jump into the comments!

Or maybe you are an older pawrent who know has the benefit of hindsight – what top tips do you have for those deciding on the right breed?

If you are still searching then we wish you luck in finding your perfect pup and hope you have a long, healthy and happy pup-ship!

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