Here we will give some tips for people who are thinking of buying a new puppy.
Although many people pick their new puppy based on cuteness, it is the temperament of the dog that will matter the most in the long run - even more so than the size.
Select a dog breed whose behavior fits with your lifestyle. Smart dogs are best suited for people who want to be invovled with their dog, while lower intelligence breeds are more laid back and happy to be a house pet.
There are many kind of people that sell pups, reputable sellers, back yard breeders, puppy mills, pet stores, and animal shelters.
Reputable breeders only sell pups via waiting lists, but offer excellent guarantees, and breed for quality. Back yard breeders, puppy mills, and pet stores, sell fairly low quality pups at inflated prices designed to make a profit. Animal shelters adopt pups out at non-profit rates and simply want the pup to get a good home.
Males should be neutered when they are about 10 months of age, or will spray on things and can be more aggressive. Females should be spayed at around 6 months of age or go into heat and can get messy at this time.
Boys stand to pee, girls squat, but other than that they are much the same. Neutering is cheaper than spaying so that could be a consideration.
While some sellers will sell pups at 6 weeks of age, its best to wait until the puppy is 8 weeks of age, as it will be more socialized. Toy breeds should be 10 weeks of age. It should be vaccinated, dewormed, and vet checked, before you take it home.
Reputable breeders charge the most but have done the most to put value into their pups. Adoption places are well priced too. Other places tend to be over priced, although some back yard breeders are reasonable.
Never pay a cent for a puppy that is not vaccinated, wormed, or come with a health guarantee and vet check!
If the puppy is advertised as purebred the seller cannot charge you extra for registration papers.
The prices will depend on what breeds are common and popular in your area.
Never support a low quality breeder by giving them money, you simply help to keep them in business and the money will not go towards better care for the dogs. I do not encourage any one to buy from a pet store or puppy mill - ever!
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