Questions to Ask Before You Buy a New Puppy
Puppies can bring a lot of joy and companionship to the family, but these are some things to consider before purchasing your companion.
Q: Does your living arrangement allow a dog?
A: This must be determined before you even begin searching for a new furry pet. If you live in an apartment, get permission from the landlord in writing prior to purchase.
Q: Are there possible allergies to dogs?
A: If in doubt, come into the store and discuss this with us and through puppy interaction, and LOTS of cuddles, we will help determine if this might be an issue. People are allergic to either dog dander or the hair of a dog. Generally we can allow you or anyone in your family play with the dog for some time to see if a skin reaction or eye irritation/watering crops up. We want to help you make sure no one in the household has any dog allergies before bringing home a new puppy.
Q: What other expenses will there be after we take our new pet home?
A: For the life of the dog, every year your dog will have the added cost of quality food, training, toys and chews, vet visits, and licenses. Do you have the financial resources to adequately invest in the life of the pet? There is no such thing as a cheap dog, no matter where you get your dog.
Q: Is your family ready for a 10-15 year commitment?
A: A dog will likely live 10 to 15 years. They will require quality attention every day for their entire life. That’s over 4000 hours you and your family will be spending just caring for your pet, plus many more fun time hours. Puppies, like small children, require constant supervision. If you travel, or are a workaholic and can’t take the dog with you, you’ll may need to make arrangements for caring for the dog while you are gone.
??Q: Are there children or other animals in the home?
A: We specialize in what we call “Family Friendly” breeds and will help you match the best breed for your family’s lifestyle. There are some breeds that are better with children. We also will help you to understand how to supervise dogs with children. Small children crawl around on the floor and are more likely to come face-to-face with your dog. This can be seen by your new dog as a threat, so making sure an adult is with the child and dog at all times will keep both child and puppy safe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will my puppy be registered?
A: There are several canine registries (The American Kennel Club, (AKC), APR, ACA, UKC) and others. Most of our puppies are registered with one of the many registries, although there are designer breeds that may not be registered. We will be more than happy to answer this question prior to your purchase.
Q: What does it mean to have a registered puppy?
A: Buying a registered, purebred puppy, means that its family tree is documented as being exclusively one breed. Buying a registered dog does not necessarily mean that the dog will be healthier than a non-registered dog. It means that its parents are of the same breed and that the dog comes from a purebred line. AKC (American Kennel Club) is the most familiar purebred dog registry in the country. There are several other dog registries such as ACA, APR, UKC that also register purebred dogs.
Q: Will my puppy be micro-chipped?
A: Yes, all of our puppies are micro-chipped before purchase. You will register the chip in your name at the time of purchase or will provide you with the information to self-register if you would prefer. It is extremely important to register your puppies microchip. If your puppy should ever become lost, there is a good chance that your puppy will be recovered if it has a registered microchip. In a pets lifetime, one out of three will become lost. Without enrollment registration and identification about ninety percent will not be recovered.
Q: What breeds are best for people who have allergies?
A: People who have allergies should consider dogs that shed very little. Breeds to consider are: Bichon Frise, Chinese Crested, Maltese, Poodle, Schnauzer, and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier to name a few.