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What You Should Know About Buying A Puppy

| 11/23/2012 12:38:39 PM

Milk MaidYou’ve made the decision to let a puppy share your life. This was not made lightly. The bouncing, bundle of fluff, will grow up &
with a normal life can be with you 15 years or more. It will be a family member with wants & needs all its own.

No matter what breed you like, keep in mind your lifestyle when choosing a puppy. All breeds have their own qualities, good & bad. Take into consideration what the breed was bred to do, working livestock, hunting, guarding, or just being cute and adorable on your lap. The internet can give you all the information about any breed you like.

You start looking through the paper in the PETS column. Finding the breed that suits you, write down the phone number and whatever information is given. Before you start calling & spending your money there are some things you should be asking the breeder about the pups. Plus, good breeders don’t breed their dogs to make money. They should be concerned about the people that want to buy a puppy of their breed, so they should be asking you questions also. Keep away from any breeder that will let a pup leave it’s siblings before 8 weeks old. Twelve weeks is much better for the pup as they learn social skills from their mom and siblings.

Here is a bit of background on what a litter goes through in the first 8 weeks of life and for the breeder it goes by very fast. When a
litter is born they are totally helpless. The eyes, as well as their ears, are closed. Their main purpose is to find the milk supply. Mom takes care of all the pups needs.

Snow with her 1st litter, 1/31/12, all 11 of them. GP/Annitol cross.

 Snow with first litter 1 31 12 

11/27/2012 5:18:30 PM

I have to say Dave that my best dog was a mix and a rescue. At the moment we have a mouse problem in the house and I was at the HS looking to get an adult female cat. Over the years I've helped the local HS with fostering pups as well. There's nothing like a good dog and the breed means nothing when it comes to that. Be safe and if you are in a part of the US that gets that white stuff that falls from the sky, be careful.

11/26/2012 9:44:30 PM

Suzy, lots of good advice. Unfortunately, all of our family dogs came from the Humane Society and had none of the records you talk about. We had a little bit of an idea about what kind of breeds they were but they always were mixed. My wife would spend hours in the pens playing with each one. She was after temperament and said you can't judge that in just a couple of minutes. Sometimes it would take several days to get just the right one picked out. They were always a great pet for the family. Now the fish, gerbils, rabbits, and guinea pigs were another story. They were usually just run of the mill pick it out because of the color markings. I would not let any reptiles in the house as pets. Auck, why does anyone want pet snake or lizard. They aren't even cuddly. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving

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