Bringing a new puppy into your family can be the most exciting thing in the world and the decision to buy a new pup can be the best decision you ever make but it is a decision that needs to be made with a great deal thought and research.

All puppies are cute, that goes without saying, but it is crucial that you know and understand the needs of the breed you have fallen for.  Like people, dogs have different personalities and many are bred for a specific job, not just for being a companion around the house.   The more you understand the needs of your pet the better things will be in the long-term, and this decision is a life-changing one, for you and the dog.

Are you ready for all that dog ownership brings and a long term commitment.

A dog is for life, not just for Christmas!

If you have made the commitment to buying a puppy, are sure you have the time, the space and the money?  If it’s a “Yes” then it’s time to research the breed and breeders.

Always view the puppy at the home and with the mother, it is essential you see how the pup interacts with the mother and its brothers and sisters.  It also proves that the puppy has been bred in the best way possible.  Ask how old mum is, she should be older than one but not too old. 

Never answer online ads, these puppies can often be from puppy farms where the mother is bred over and over again, kept in terrible conditions just for profit.  Don’t be fooled into thinking that you are rescuing the poor pup.  By lining these unscrupulous people’s pockets they will just continue to farm these dogs.

Ask lots of questions about the parent’s health, behaviour and personality.  A good breeder will want to know all about you too, so be prepared to have to answer some questions about your lifestyle and how you aim to welcome the puppy into your family.  Prepare a list so that you don’t forget anything.

  • Is the puppy weaned
  • Is the puppy micro-chipped
  • Is there a return policy for poor health
  • Is the puppy Kennel Club registered
  • How many litters has mum had – it should be less than 6.

Check out the RSPCA and Dogs’ Trust for a guide.

Don’t rush in.  If you have any doubts at all, walk away.  This decision is life changing and it needs to be right for you.  You wouldn’t buy a house or car without being absolutely sure it’s the right one for you and if you are concerned about anything contact the RSPCA.  Ask if you can go back again and see the pup again, puppies are usually with their mum for at least 8 weeks.

If everything feels right, you’ve fallen in love and you can see that the mum is loved and cared for then you should arrange to get a health check with the vet within the first few days and you’re on to the best adventure ever! 

If you or someone you know has welcomed a four legged friend into their life, we offer some great gifts for pets.  If you want the most Pampered Pooch around check out our new puppy gift box! Containing the fabulous Hownd shampoo, conditioner and body mist and skin protecting balm for noses and paws, your pup will be smelling sweet.  The super soft Paw towel, bamboo brush, treats and herbal dog wine completes this lovely dog goody box.

Good Luck!

March 31, 2021 — Julie Selby