How to Pick a Puppy
So, how "should" you pick your pet puppy? Well, first, if
you don't trust your breeder, DO NOT buy your puppy from
Everything you read is contingent on you trusting your
breeder. Your breeder should talk to you about anything you
want to hear about there dogs whether it be the goods and
the faults. Don't believe anyone that tells you there dog
doesn't have a fault. No one has ever produced the perfect
dog. They can only strive for that and they should.
We also recommend you get a dog that is AKC registered.
AKC dogs are bred by the best breeders, so why not get the
what it is worth, here are our thoughts:
Put away the book that tells you how to pick a puppy
Put aside the notion that a puppy *must* be "x" days old
when it goes home, or it is damaged goods. A good breeder
will know when each puppy is ready, and if you are ready.
Most puppies are ready after 9-12 wks old. If a
breeder wants you to take a puppy prior to 8 wks old don't
do it, all puppies need their momma for training and
Put aside your notions that bigger is better. Puppies change
and the largest could very well be the smallest when full
Try to put aside prejudice with respect to sex and color if
more than one sex and color is available. Don't pick just
because of color.
Don't try to be a behavior expert by testing temperaments,
using tests you know little or nothing about. Puppies are
puppies and will act like puppies.
Does the puppy relax when you turn it on its back? This is a
learned trait, the puppy has to trust you and know who the
Ever consider the breeder might play with the puppies in
this manner and they're trained to like the position?
That'll shoot a hole in the notion that a puppy relaxed on
its back is easy going and easy to train. It was just
conditioned. Most of my puppies like being on their backs.
Really look at the litter.
Notice puppies that are trying to get your attention (there
is something to be said about chemistry) A puppy can and
will actually picks it's owner.
Listen to your breeder when he/she tells you about specific
Follow your heart.
Take your time (never, ever, rush)
Ask questions a good breeder will answer any question you
have. No question is stupid.
Why is that puppy so quiet?
Tired from other visitors?
Full from eating more than its littermates?
* Breeders know their puppies! Don't be afraid to Ask!
Do you have "last pick"? RELAX. If you like mom, you'll
probably like her puppies. If you have had the luxury of
meeting the father, and you like him too, so much the better
-- after all, these puppies will be similar to their parents
and grandparents. If you trust your breeder, and they're
reputable, they'll tell you everything you need to know
about that puppy. It is unlikely that the last pick puppy
has any problems. If a puppy does have a problem (undescended
testicle, hernia, etc.) the breeder will tell you and
explain it to you. I don't know a reputable breeder that
would not give you back your deposit or give you rights on
the next litter if the last pick puppy has some minor
problem. If a puppy has a major problem, it shouldn't be for
If you are the owner of the "last pick" puppy in a healthy
litter, here is the
process by which those before you have selected their puppy
(from years of observing, with wonder, this is a strange
process). The last pick pup can be the best pup. I have
seen people pick for the following crazy reasons.....
It had the prettiest color
It was the biggest
It was the lightest
It was the smallest
It was the darkest
It had the "sweetest face"
It had a bigger head
It was the most active
It was the least active
It had the biggest feet
It had the shortest coat
It had the longest coat
It had the softest coat
It was the laziest (yeah until they got it home...LOL)
The roof of its mouth is darkest (I
this is how one was picked)
Its ears were longer/shorter or bigger
It "came to its name" (say what?)
It retrieved a feather.....(LOL too funny)
It didn't chew their shoes (not yet anyway)
DID chew their shoes (teething is terrible)
The one without white, because white makes them
hyperactive and stubborn (say
my favorite, and most common method ... they asked me "which
puppy would you pick"? (If I am keeping one, THAT is the one
I would pick <grin>) As for the puppies from that litter
that I didn't pick for myself.... well, I never pick a puppy
for others -- I will, however, tell you everything you want
to know about each puppy.
Your last pick puppy simply did not fit into any one of the
above physical/behavior expectations of those who came
before you. I have never sold a pet puppy to anyone who had
any concept of proper conformation, or had a true working
knowledge of what constitutes "first pick".
If you have a pick, great.
Pick the puppy that your heart tells you is "the one".
If you don't have a pick, consider yourself lucky, because
you didn't have to go through the tough process of trying to
pick one over the other, fearing you'll make some sort of
mistake. The majority of people who have to pick one over
another, tell me it is a terrible process
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