February 26, 2010

Thinking of Getting a Puppy? Should You Buy from a Breeder or a Pet Shop?

Filed under: breeders,buy from a breeder,pet shop,purchase puppies from the pet shop — Dr. Amber Reed @ 7:35 am

getting a new puppyThe first decision that faces anybody who wants a puppy is where to get it from. You can adopt a puppy, which is always a great option because you’re saving a loving animal, but you can also get a young puppy from a pet shop or a breeder. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to make the decision and ultimately, your choice will depend on your personal preferences.

getting a new puppyPet shops are often associated with horror stories of animal treatment. Hundreds of dogs, cats, and other animals packed into a small space receive the minimal care required. How can pet shops not be a bad thing? It’s true, before you buy a dog form a pet store you need to do your research. Find a pet store with a good reputation and visit first. Decide if the animals are well cared for, in clean living environments, by loving professionals. In such cases, you can feel confident that you’re getting a happy and healthy puppy. But remember, there are pet shops that do not live up to these minimal standards and you run the risk of getting a dog that has various health or social problems.

Breeders are often a great alternative, especially if you want to make sure your dog is well cared for. Breeders, whether professional or not, often have much fewer animals to care for and their living conditions are much better. Dogs from professional breeders generally have good temperaments, are healthy, and friendly. Unfortunately, when you go through a breeder, you have much fewer options available to you. Usually, you can only select from one breed and there may only be one or two puppies at the time.

Ultimately, there are pros and cons to both pet shops and breeders. You need to consider your own opinions and do some research before you decide where to buy your dog.

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