When choosing a puppy, don't rush. Visit several dog exhibitions, browse the Internet, talk to dog's owners, get to know some dogs. This will help you to understand, is this really your dreambreed or not.
Decide, whether you need a dog for breeding, an all-round-Universe exhibitions winner, a helper for some particular work (for example, an athlete, a hunter or a bodyguard) or simply a lovely and cheerful companion? This determines the puppy's class and therefore, it's cost. Choosing a puppy: classes of purebred dogs
There are 3 main classes: show, breed and pet. Keep in mind that it is difficult to predict which category a 5-9 month puppy falls into. Only a rough estimation is possible and when getting older, one dog can "move" from one class to another.
Show class is the class of purebred dogs which are fully compliant with the standard which have no flaws and visible shortcomings and have great exhibition potential, that's why these puppies are the most expensive ones.
Breed class are healthy dogs with great pedigree, strong breed temperament and good reproductive characteristics. However, they are not as "beautiful" as show dogs. These are the dogs for breeding.
Pet class are the dogs that have either disqualifying faults or a lot of exterior flaws. These pets are not acceptable for breeding or exhibitions. However, they can be loved family members and companions. These dogs are the cheapest. Where to get a puppy from?
It is better to get a puppy from a well known kennel with a good reputation. If you need a working dog, look for a kennel that specializes in these types of dogs.
A conscientious breeder will ask you a lot of questions about what you want the dog for, in what conditions it will live and he will help you to choose a puppy which is best for you.
Do not hesitate to ask questions - the more the better. Don't be afraid to look like a nerd. "Were there genetic diseases in your puppy's ancestors? What do puppies eat and how often. Have veterinary treatments been carried out? If so, which ones and what are the next to come?"
A good breeder will love your enthusiasm and interest, but if he gets annoyed or tries to ignore the questions, it's better to look for another kennel. Points to consider when choosing a puppy
- Meet the parents of a potential pet and learn their pedigrees. Ensure that the parents are not close relatives, this may lead to many troubles with their offspring.
- Ask to see the documents for breeding and puppies and results of medical examinations. Take a thorough look at the puppy's mother, it should be healthy, not exhausted and balanced. It should actively lick and feed its puppies and show no signs of aggression.
- Decide whether you want to have a female or a male, each sex has its pros and cons.
A male won't give birth to unwanted puppies and it doesn't have oestrus. Males are said to be more compliant with the standard, mostly because the standard is written based on males characteristics. In exhibitions males win more often than females.
Males are more aggressive and independent, they often run away in search of adventures and it is also believed that they are harder to train.
If you choose to get a female, you can plan to get it's offspring (of course, if it is healthy). As a rule, females are more loyal affectionate and they rarely run away. However, there's always a risk of getting unwanted puppies and also be ready to be attacked by males when your female has oestrus. However, sterilization may free you from this.