Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Puppy

When it comes to adding a new member to your family, there’s no decision that’s as important – or as fun! – as picking out a puppy. You’ve decided you’re ready to add a furry friend to your family and you’re starting to look for a puppy. Congrats! Here are a few key questions to ask the breeder before you make your decision. 

Can you meet the dog’s parents?

The first question you should always ask is if you can meet the dog’s parents. This will give you an idea of what size your puppy will be when they’re full grown as well as what temperament they may have. If the breeder can’t or won’t let you meet the parents, that’s a red flag. 

The breeder should also be able to tell you about the temperament of the parents and littermates, which can give you a good idea of what to expect from your puppy.

Did the parent dogs had health problems?

Another important question to ask is about the health of the puppy and the parents. The breeder should be able to provide you with health clearances for both the mom and dad which means they’ve been tested for common genetic diseases. These tests aren’t cheap, so if the breeder says they don’t have them that’s another red flag. 

What conditions will the puppy be raised in?

Ask about the environment the puppy has been raised in. Puppies who have been raised in a clean, spacious environment with plenty of socialization are more likely to be healthy and well-adjusted than those who haven’t. If the breeder can’t or won’t answer these questions, it’s best to move on.

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When can I take the puppy home?

Puppies shouldn’t leave their mother and littermates before they’re at least 8 weeks old. This is an important time for socialization so they need to stay with their mom and learn how to interact with other dogs. Some breeders may keep puppies longer if they think they need more socialization time.

What type of food does the puppy eat?

You’ll want to know what type of food the puppy is eating so you can continue that when you take them home. Puppies have sensitive tummies so it’s important to make sure they don’t have any sudden changes in their diet. 

Have the puppies been socialized?

This is an important question to ask, especially if you have other pets or children. Puppies who haven’t been properly socialized can be afraid of new people and situations which can make them difficult to live with.

Do you offer a health guarantee?

All reputable breeders will offer some type of health guarantee so be sure to ask about it. This ensures that if your puppy has any health problems, the breeder will take responsibility and either pay for treatment or replace the puppy.

Have vaccines been administered to the puppies?

Puppies need a series of vaccines starting at 6-8 weeks old so be sure to ask if they’ve been given their shots. If not, you’ll need to take them to the vet as soon as possible to get them up to date.

What is your policy on spaying/neutering?

Most breeders will require that you have your puppy spayed or neutered before they leave the litter but some may allow you to do it at a later date. This is an important decision so be sure to ask about the breeder’s policy before you make your purchase.

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Have the puppies been dewormed?

Puppies need to be dewormed starting at 2-4 weeks old and then every 2 weeks until they’re 16 weeks old. Be sure to ask if the puppies have been on a regular deworming schedule.

Do you offer any type of training?

Some breeders may offer basic obedience training while others may not. It’s important to ask about this ahead of time so you know what to expect when you take your puppy home.

What Grooming Does This Breed Need?

Not all dogs require the same amount of grooming and some breeds need more than others. Be sure to ask the breeder how much grooming your puppy will need so you can be prepared.

Are There Any Special Concerns With This Breed?

Some breeds are more prone to certain health problems or have other special needs that you should be aware of. Be sure to ask the breeder if there are any concerns you should know about before making your purchase.

Do You Have Any References I Can Contact?

If you’re still not sure about the breeder, ask if they have any references you can contact. These are people who have purchased puppies from the breeder in the past and can tell you about their experience.

Will the puppies be microchipped?

Microchipping is a form of identification for dogs and is highly recommended. Be sure to ask if the puppies will be microchipped before you take them home.

All reputable breeders will offer some type of health guarantee so be sure to ask about it. This ensures that if your puppy has any health problems, the breeder will take responsibility and pay for treatment.

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Taking the time to ask these questions will help you find a responsible breeder and ensure that you’re getting a healthy, well-adjusted puppy. With a little bit of research, you’ll be able to find the perfect pup for your family! Thanks for reading.