Do Your Research
Expensive Designer Breeds
Characteristics of a Healthy Puppy
Places to Purchase a Healthy Puppy
Places NOT to Purchase a Puppy
Questions To Ask the Breeder or Shelter
What is the Dog’s Health Status?
You should know what veterinary care your new pup has received from the shelter or rescue. For example, are their vaccinations up-to-date, and have they been spayed (or neutered)? Ask for copies of records; think long-term, too–ask about known health conditions that may affect cost and compatibility, then consider whether it is worth adopting.
Where Did the Dog Come From?
There are many reasons why dogs end up in shelters and rescues. For instance, some may have been picked up as strays while others can be found through surrendering or buying from shady breeders! The more knowledge you have on the pup’s background will help give insight into whether or not the dog will work for you and your family.
What Breed or Mix of Breeds is the Dog?
Many rescues specialize in purebred dogs if you’re looking for a specific breed. However, mixed breeds can be wonderful companions too! Either way, knowing the type of dog will help predict their personality and meet needs better- so take this into account when picking out your new best friend.
Commonly Asked Questions About Picking a Healthy Puppy
- They will only communicate by email, and are likely outside of the US and are trying to hide their phone number. A reputable breeder will talk on the phone or even video chat.
- The photos used in their ad are stock photos. You can search the text listed to see if the image has been used somewhere else.
- If the price sounds too good to be true, they are likely looking to scam you. Do your research and find the average price you should expect to pay, especially for purebreds.
- If the seller asks you to pay in a strange way, such as through wire transfers or gift cards. Credit cards and Paypal are the safest options. We do not suggest paying with Venmo, as getting your money back if necessary can be more complicated.