You’ve finally narrowed it down to the breed you want, but there are no local breeders. Take heart! Don’t be afraid to buy from breeders who live far from you. But, more than ever, buyer beware!
Start your search by contacting a national or local breed club. They will supply names of members who abide by their code of ethics. Ask the breeder for a video showing both parents and ‘A day in the life of the litter.’ This way, you can see the cleanliness and quality of the facilities and the general health of the dogs. The breeder may ask you for a video of your family in return.
If you know someone in the area, have him or her check out the kennel and litter for you. (And send them a copy of the video to ensure it is the same place!).
You should also ask for at least three references from people who have purchased puppies in the past. Be sure to telephone each dog owner directly.
You can also ask the breeder to e-mail you photos of your puppy as he grows. If the breeder has the technology, chances are good that he’ll be just as excited as you are and will be delighted to share the highlights of your puppy’s growth and development.
When it comes time to get the pup, you’ll be responsible for the shipping costs and crate (which can be used for a training aid). The breeder will usually make travel arrangements and notify you of the dog’s arrival time, flight, and airway bill number. Ask him or her to try for a direct flight on a weekday, so the airport won’t be as busy.
Check air cargo (and Customs if the pup is coming from another country) to be sure they’re going to be open when the pup arrives.
Handle With Care
When puppy finally arrives, resist the urge to immediately snatch the pup out for a hug. Move the crate to a quiet area and have a collar and leash ready to slip around his neck before you open the door.
Offer the pup a drink of cool water and take him somewhere to relieve himself. Once he’s had a chance to get his bearings straight, you can shower him with love and affection... and you’ll never have to stop!
Article submitted by: ©Terri Perrin (Biography)