Buying a Puppy

Monday, January 26th 2009, 3:14 pm
By: News 9

If you've bought a dog that's sick, you can't help but wonder what the conditions were like at the breeder's place.  I've been there with 2 of my dogs (we got them home to find out they had Giardia - finally after lots of medicine and TLC, they were nursed back to health). 

There's legislation in the works to license those who sell more than 25 dogs a year. 

Read House Bill 1332 in it's entirety.

Let your representative know what you think of this bill. 

For now though, if you're planning on buying a puppy or dog, YOU need to take some steps to protect yourself:
- Always see the breeders home.  If the home/kennel isn't clean, leave.
- If possible ask to see both parents.  You want to see that they're healthy and also their dispositions are good.
- Ask for a written contract.  It should contain all guarantees, AKC papers, pedigree, health records.

If you're looking for a reputable breeder, a good starting place is your local kennel club, breed rescue groups or the AKC Breeder Referral guide.