So, you’ve decided to adopt a puppy – congratulations!
You’ve weighed the pros and cons and considered all factors involved in dog ownership; the cost, time commitment and potential changes required to your lifestyle.
While the hardest part of the decision-making process is complete, there’s still one big question left outstanding: where you’ll find your new furry friend.
With the introduction of online marketplaces and social media buy/sell groups, you may think that finding the perfect puppy has never been easier. And while that’s partially true, the evidence shows that the “easy” route can do more harm than good to the pups, dogs and families involved.
Avoid ‘Backyard Breeders’
Many of the listings you’ll see when doing a quick search online for a new puppy are posted by “backyard breeders” – a name given to breeders with little-to-no knowledge about ethical, selective breeding. Unfortunately, these pups can have a host of problems down the line when it comes to both their health and behavior due to irresponsible breeding.
While these puppies are often sold for much less money than those bred by an ethical, experienced breeder, they usually cost owners more in the long run as a result of related health issues that can develop over the course of the dog’s lifetime.
In many cases, backyard breeders will not take a puppy back if something goes wrong. If your breeder doesn’t guarantee their puppies and provides you with nothing more than proof of a clean bill of health upon adoption day, proceed at your own risk!
Puppy Mills and Local Pet Stores
Adopting from your local pet store is another easy route, but sadly, it’s oftentimes a money maker for those practicing irresponsible breeding.
Many puppy mills rely on pet stores to sell their puppies so they can hide facility conditions and animal treatment. These puppies arrive at pet stores in bad health due to poor living conditions, lack of exercise, veterinary care and human interaction.
You won’t find dogs bred by reputable, knowledgeable breeders in a local pet store. It’s always a good idea to see exactly where your puppy came from and meet its parents (or at least, its mother) to confirm you’re buying from a trustworthy source.
The Problem with Some Rescue Groups
While some turn to rescue groups in hopes of giving a new lease on life to neglected or abandoned dogs, this method of adoption can also be problematic.
Rescue dogs don’t often come with factual historical information and this is extremely important for adopters. You’ll want to know all you can about your dog’s temperament and medical history – something that usually can’t be fully vetted for when adopting a rescue with an unknown background.
If you’re determined to rescue your new furry friend, it’s important to source and support purebred rescue groups who adequately assess these dogs and re-home them in the very best forever home.
Although the search and application process for purebred puppies can seem daunting, don’t give up! It’s certainly worth the extra time and effort to welcome a new four-legged friend into your family. PuppyViewer helps to connect prospective owners with the right breeder in an efficient, streamlined process to ensure a pleasant experience and happily ever after for dog lovers and pups alike.