For the past year, I have been looking to adopt a dog or puppy through an animal rescue centre. I have had countless rejected applications. I insisted on a dog that was sociable and good around children, but there is a scarcity of such dogs. So, with a heavy heart, I have decided to buy a puppy. That should be easy; right?
Now, there are many, many dogs and puppies for sale. The problem I faced was finding a registered breeder, making sure the puppy is healthy, has all the vaccinations, worm treatment, etc., and has the correct family history recorded on the puppy certificate. I don’t want to buy a puppy that is not in a proper condition or has been trafficked which has resulted in a traumatic start to its life. I have been lucky in that I was able to come across a registered breeder who had high standards. The cost, I must admit, was pretty steep, but I understand the work they do and the lengths they go to, to ensure the puppies and parents are well cared for.
Here are some things that can help you with your search
I researched as if I was on a dating site. I read the profiles and reviews carefully. Then I
· checked the contact number on Google to see who it belonged to and if the breeder details came up.
· copied the advertising description on Google to see if the same breeder came up
· checked the puppy’s pictures with Facebook photos to see if it was a match
· contacted the breeder to see if they sent me the same information
· discussed the price for the one I wanted to see if I could afford it (even with a discount}
· checked to see if there was an alternative
· made sure the puppy was vaccinated
· made sure the breeder is registered with the council where the premises are located
· made sure they are also registered with the Kennel Club
In the end, we decided not to go ahead with the purchase of the cockapoo puppy. This was simply for financial reasons. But if you can give one cockapoo a loving caring environment then here is the dog breeder that can sort you out with your pup together with all the documentation and health checks done. Make all communication via text or email so you go back and check the conversations.
The last two things; I was planning if finance wasn't an issue would have been to arrange a video chat where I could see the pup before going to visit.
Arrange to meet the pup and breeder in person, this was the last thing on my to list just because emotions can take you away, and end up rushing things. A dog is for life, be safe and do your homework. Even though I have mentioned Tinyshires Ltd, Bradford in my previous blog 10 Small Dog Breeds to Consider for Your Family #3. You still need to do your own check and make sure you are comfortable with how you feel about your decision and don't let anyone rush you into making a decision.