Before You Buy a Puppy: 8 Questions to Ask
If you are planning to buy a puppy, you need to take some time
and consider your options, get some puppy buying tips and decide
on the best puppy for you.
1. How Much Spare Time Do I Have for the Puppy?
The amount of spare time you have for a pet is essential when
deciding on a puppy breed. Some breeds can do well if left by
themselves, while others will develop unwanted behavior such as
chewing and barking. A dog needs to be taken out for walks and
you need to play with him, otherwise he will get obese and
frustrated. Opt for a low energy dog if you are a busy person.
2. How Big Is My Space?
Typically, large dog breeds need a lot of space and a yard to
be able to spend their energy. Smaller dog breeds may be more
suitable for apartment life. Low and medium energy dogs can be
suitable for smaller spaces, while high energy dogs will be
unhappy in an apartment.
3. Is the Puppy Suitable for My Family?
You need to ask yourself whether the puppy will be suitable
for your family, especially if you have children. There are
certain breeds that are more suitable for families with
Every dog has his own personality; however, you need to
consider if the puppy breed’s typical behavior will be suitable
for your household. If you are an active family, you need an
active dog. If you are sedentary, you should opt for a low
4. How Much Will the Puppy Cost?
Puppies have different prices according to their breed. If
you decide to adopt one, you can get a puppy for free or a low
price. However, the initial cost is the least of your worries.
You need to bear in mind that a puppy will need:
- food; typically, smaller dogs require less food
- visits to the vet
- periodical vaccinations
- dog supplies such as the crate, leash, collar or toys
- behavioral training classes
You may even opt for dog sitters or professional grooming,
which may be pricey. Think about your budget and how much you
can afford to spend on your dog on a monthly basis.
5. How Much Grooming Does the Puppy Need?
Dogs need grooming on a regular basis, regardless of their
coat length. Long, curly and wiry haired dogs need more
6. Why Are You Buying the Dog?
Do you need a companion, a play mate or a guard dog?
Establishing the purpose of the dog should give you a clear
answer about the type of breed you are looking for.
7. Do You Have Experience with Dogs?
As a first time owner, you cannot just buy any dog you want.
Certain breeds are more suitable for first time owners, while
others need an experienced owner.
8. Where to Buy a Puppy?
You may buy a puppy from a reputable breeder. You may also
opt for adoption. Visit a few shelters, where you may find all
sorts of dogs. Bear in mind that cross breeds are intelligent
dogs and are as good as any pure breed. Ask about the dog’s
history and temperament.
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