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    Buying the Perfect Puppy

    Articlegeneral dog adviceWednesday 18 May 2011

    Emotionally, it’s never easy buying a puppy. It can be a life-changing decision, and one that can be agonising for any dog lover, particularly if you find it hard to choose between different breeds. Often the heart can also overrule the head – but it’s important to consider a number of different factors when considering puppies for sale.

    How to Choose Between Puppies For Sale

    1.    Do your research

    Buying a puppy can do funny things to the brain – your thoughts at the start of the process may differ significantly from the choice you make upon bringing the new family member home. Often, the look in a puppy’s eyes is enough to swing the final decision, but any sensible dog owner should read up on a breed to ensure the dog makes for a good match.

    Therefore, you should make a sensible decision on the size of the dog in relation to your property, the amount of time and activity that needs to be dedicated to ensuring the dog leads a healthy lifestyle, and assess your own abilities to see whether you are capable of taking on the work involved in handling certain dog breeds. Below, we take a look in further detail at the thought that needs to go into buying a puppy. 

    2.    Temperament and Breed Character

    This is perhaps the most important decision of them all – there are over a hundred different breed of dogs, all of which have very different personalities. For example, the behaviour of a Bichon Frise cannot be compared to the instincts of a Bloodhound. Therefore, think seriously about the personality and character of certain breeds, and whether they suit your needs.

    Temperament of the breed also needs to be considered when you buy a puppy, as some puppies will be naturally active and playful, requiring more early training than calmer breeds. For instance, the trials and tribulations of training a lively Springer Spaniel puppy are legendary – this shouldn’t put you off owning certain breeds, as they make for wonderful companion pets, but it’s worth bearing in mind. 

    3.    Size

    As touched on above, the size factor needs to be considered very carefully. A cute, tiny puppy may melt your heart, but will you feel the same way when a heavy dog is crushing you on the sofa?

    And you’ll also need to be fair on the dog – if space is at a premium in your house, the only practical option may be to opt for a smaller breed such as a King Charles Spaniel or a Terrier. Larger dogs often require far more exercise to maintain a healthy weight and will have a bigger appetite, so these are also factors that need to come into your thinking. 

    4.    Buying a Puppy vs Buying an Adult

    The excitement of buying a puppy can often become quickly muted by the amount of work and frustration that goes into guiding a puppy through the early weeks of training. Teaching a puppy to behave can be a challenging time, so if you’re not prepared to put the work in or despair at the idea of cleaning up dog mess around the house, it’s perhaps best to distinguish that dream of owning a puppy and look to buy an older dog instead.

    Finally, think about your lifestyle. It’s unfair to own a puppy if you live an extremely busy lifestyle and you’re always moving from A to B for work or enjoy a hectic social life. Owning a puppy involves a lot of commitment, more than you might think at the outset, so if you want to buy a puppy, it should not be a decision that’s taken lightly.

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