Now you've decided to get a puppy, how do you know where to get him from? Follow the hints below to allow you to make an informed choice:
The choices are between a reputable breeder, a pet shop, family and friends, or your local animal rescue centre. Breeders can be researched on the Internet and there will be adverts placed in the paper, or they will have their own websites. You really need to do a lot of background work here as you may run into trouble, so it's advisable to get help with breeder referral lists.
Most puppies in pet shops come from licensed commercial breeders. That means they're inspected for care and conditions as well as record keeping. You should make sure that the puppy is eight to twelve weeks of age and is happy in the company of other puppies. You should be able to tell if the puppy is healthy by feeling his nose which will be cool and moist. His gums should be pink and healthy looking, and his eyes clear and bright. His breathing should be effortless.
You can use this same examination process if you are adopting a puppy from family or friends. Ask about the puppy's parents and spend some time getting to know the whole litter before you decide. Each puppy will have his own little personality and you want to find one that will match you and your family's life style.