After tremendous consideration, you decide to add a puppy to your family. You begin to look at pet stores, humane societies, and online to find the perfect one. While you may be rescuing a puppy with one of these options, the truth is, animals adopted via these methods have little information attached to them and you may not know what you are getting into. Below are reasons why you should buy your puppy from a breeder instead.
1. Shots are looked after
Whether you buy a puppy from a breeder, pet store, or adopt one from a humane society, adoption fees can get extravagant. Add in food, bowls, leashes, treats, and toys, your puppy will be expensive right off the hop. Therefore, you want to make sure your puppy has its shots because these can just add to your costs as well.
When you purchase a puppy from a breeder, it is guaranteed to be up to date on all shots required. This includes the DHLPPC vaccine, which helps protect against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvovirus, and coronavirus as well as rabies shots. When the breeder ensures that your puppy’s shots are up to date, he/she is good to go right when you pick him/her up and you will not have to worry about a vet visit until such a time when you are looking at getting your pup spayed or neutered.
2. Healthier pups
When you adopt a puppy from the pound, it is a nice gesture because you are giving it freedom and possibly saving it from being euthanized. While this is admirable, you may have no idea the health and behavioural problems you may be getting into by doing so. This also goes for puppies bought at a pet store.
When you get a puppy from a breeder, the chances of it being healthy are good. This is because breeders hand-pick which dogs will have litters and they usually choose the best available. Hips and elbows, which are usually problematic body parts for dogs, are typically certified by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and their eyes are cleared for genetic problems.
Breeders usually certify their dogs as well, giving you the peace of mind that the pup you choose is free of any diseases or conditions that could be costly and life-threatening.
3. Tracking methods
You do your best to keep your pup safe and secure. However, accidents happen. You could be walking him/her and get of the leash and run away. He/she could be in your yard and someone steals him/her. In such devastating instances it would be beneficial to have some sort of recourse to locate your puppy.
It is a common practice for dogs that come from breeders to be tattooed and microchipped. The tattoo is located in your dog’s ear and provides him/her with a unique number. That way, if someone comes across your dog the number can be ran through a database and traced back to you. Microchips contain a registration and phone number. A scanner can pick up radio frequencies that can lead to your puppy. When he/she is retrieved the humane society can then contact you.
4. It will fit in with your family
Puppies are usually pretty friendly and well-mannered. However, ones that have not been adequately socialized when they are young can grow up to be ill-tempered and mean. As a result, you want some sort of reassurance that your puppy will fit in well with your family and enjoy the company of your family members.
Puppies from Golden Retriever breeders have the best attitudes and temperaments. This is because they have been part of a litter of dogs and socialized from day one. Good breeders will know to give each puppy attention every day, petting and playing with them so they get used to being with humans. This ensures that your puppy will adapt well and will bond with you and your family.