Buying A Chow Chow puppy

So you have carried out a research and have settled on buying a Chow Chow puppy there are certain things that you should do before making the decision to purchase your new puppy. Avoid selling sites or private adverts many people are unknowingly buying imported Chow Chow puppies, the problem with imported puppies is that generally they are illegally smuggled into the country, these puppies have been mass bred in very poor conditions and people being left with puppies that were either too young to leave the mother or suffering with major health issues. Your first port of call should be to visit the kennel club website there is a list of breeders on the website with kennel club registered Chow Chow puppies you may have to join a waiting list if you are buying a Chow Chow puppy in the UK as they are still quite rare here.

 

What should I ask the breeder?

The first thing you need to ask when buying a Chow Chow puppy is if the parents are available to view, sometimes the breeder may have used a stud which is completely normal so it is not always possible to see the father but you should always be able to see the mother. If the mother is not available to view or the breeder is making excuses for not being able to see the mother then you should not purchase a puppy from this breeder chances are you will be buying an import, which you do not want.

 

Meeting place

Ask to meet at the breeders kennels or place of business, never arrange to have a puppy delivered to you or to meet at a separate location, you want to be able to see the conditions the breeding has taken place, if the breeding location is not of a high standard this should make you cautious, if the breeder doesn’t care about the condition of the breeding kennels then they will not care about the condition or the health of their puppies.

 

KC registered

Ask if the parents are KC registered and to see the relevant paper work for them also ask if the puppies will be kc registered and if there are any restrictions on them, sometimes breeders sell the puppies without papers as pets only or they may put restrictions on the papers to stop them from being bred, they may also have a restriction that says the puppy cannot leave the country. You will also be required to sign a contract that states you will return the puppy to the breeder if you are no longer able to look after it or need to rehome it.

 

Health checks

You need to find out if the puppies and parents have had any health checks carried out and if not why? chow chows can be prone to certain health issues like any other breed but they are especially prone to hip/elbow dysplasia and entropion, hip/elbow dysplasia can greatly reduce the quality of life of your puppy and some have to undergo very expensive surgery which can cost thousands and thousands of pounds to correct, most of the time it can be managed with medication but it is likely that your puppy will be affected, they may not be able to go on long walks or jump or even run around like normal puppies so you need to ask for the breeder to provide the results of any hip/elbow scoring that has been carried out. Entropion is an eye disorder that affects many chows especially the more wrinkly ones, the eye lids can turn in causing the eye lashes to rub on the eye itself causing watery eyes and eventually turning into entropion, if the puppy has watery eyes again this is something you should avoid as the puppy will need surgery to correct it. As with all medical issues sometimes insurance does not cover the full cost or the condition or may not be covered at all, in cases of entropion the dog may need to undergo 2-3 surgeries, so it is important that you buy a Chow Chow that is in perfect health.

 

Injections

Normally a breeder will pay for the first set of injections when the puppies go for their final health check with the vet, it is not always done because certain vets use different brands of vaccine so the pups would need to have them done again and some breeders don’t see the point in giving them a vaccine that is going to be repeated again so don’t expect you new puppy to have the first one. If the breeder is local to you then you can use the same vet to make sure they use the same brand of vaccine and the puppy will only need to have the extra one.

 

Temperament

You want to make sure you are Buying a healthy puppy but you also need to make sure you are buying a happy puppy, which is why you need to be able to see the parents and the surroundings that the puppy has been raised in, observe things like is the puppy aggressive, shy, scared ect  is the mum scared, aggressive, or cowering away if so then the chances are your puppy will inherit the same traits and fear can lead to aggression, you do not want an aggressive Chow Chow. It is also normal for Chows to be standoffish with strangers and maybe even bark at you but they should still be interested friendly and not cower away in fear.

 

Do they only  breed Chow Chows

Ask what other dogs they are breeding most genuine breeders will only breed one specific breed or maybe two, if the breeder has multiple different breeds of puppies you should be wary about purchasing your puppy from them, usually breeders who breed lots of different breeds are usually only interested in the money and not the health and well being of the puppy.

 

Avoid buying on impulse

We are all guilty of it we see something we really want and all of our sanity goes out the window we just have to have it, this is something that really needs to be kept in check when buying a Chow Chow puppy, we are going to be responsible for this dog for the next 10-15 years so we want to make sure we are buying a happy healthy and sound Chow Chow. If you can try to visit the puppy several times before you commit this can be difficult as the breeder will probably ask for a deposit to secure the puppy for you.

 

How to spot a puppy farm

A puppy farm is somewhere that the puppies are mass bred without any paper work or any relevant health checks carried out on the parents or the puppies, usually the living conditions are very poor, dirty and over cramped. A puppy farm usually has lots of out buildings like sheds or barns and the puppies will be confined to them, be wary of puppies pictured in cages or outbuildings this may mean that the puppy has had no social interaction with family members children or other pets and this could affect their temperament, if someone doesn’t care how the puppies are being bred and kept they will not care about the health and the well being of the puppy. If the breeder isn’t interested or ask questions about you, your home, work ect then they also do not care about their puppies, a genuine breeder will lots of questions to make sure that their puppy is right for you.

 

Buying your Chow Chow puppy

Ok so you have a found a good breeder and are satisfied with all the answers from the breeder on health and temperament and have chosen your new puppy and paid your deposit what next? You should arrange to collect your new puppy no sooner than 8 weeks old, your puppy should be secured in a travel crate for the journey home, make sure you have plenty of paper towels and puppy pads and also a nice soft blanket it is not unusual for a puppy to pee or poop and even be sick on the journey home, it can be very stressful for them.  Arrange to have your new puppy checked by your vet as soon as possible after purchase. Usually breeders will recommend you get them checked by your own vet and you will want to do this as soon as possible so that you can get the first injection, the sooner the injections are done the sooner you can take them out.

 

Socialising your new puppy

For the first few weeks you are allowed to take them out but you will need to carry them, allow strangers to pet them and introduce them to children but you will want to keep them off the floor and away from any other dogs, until they complete their second lot of vaccinations they are prone to picking up diseases from other dogs. Once they have completed their second set of vaccinations you will be able to take them for proper walks take them out to as many places you can let them interact with other dogs, people and children if you have family members who have cats or other small animals it is important that you socialise with them, chow chows have a high prey drive but if introduced early to small animals they will be fine.

 

Training classes

Along with the temperament and socialisation obedience from a Chow Chow is essential so it is advisable that you enrol your puppy into puppy training classes, an unruly Chow Chow puppy can be a real problem so obedience is highly recommended. Puppies are quick to learn and will pick up basic commands very easily. You can move up to different classes as your puppy grows teaching them more advanced obedience, chows can be extremely stubborn so this is something you will want to start as soon as you can.

Socialising

For the first few weeks you are allowed to take them out but you will need to carry them, allow strangers to pet them and introduce them to children but you will want to keep them off the floor and away from any other dogs, until they complete their second lot of vaccinations they are prone to picking up diseases from other dogs. Once they have completed their second set of vaccinations you will be able to take them for proper walks take them out to as many places you can let them interact with other dogs, people and children if you have family members who have cats or other small animals it is important that you socialise with them, chow chows have a high prey drive but if introduced early to small animals they will be fine.

 

Training classes

Along with the temperament and socialisation obedience from a Chow Chow is essential so it is advisable that you enrol your puppy into puppy training classes, an unruly Chow Chow puppy can be a real problem so obedience is highly recommended. Puppies are quick to learn and will pick up basic commands very easily. You can move up to different classes as your puppy grows teaching them more advanced obedience, chows can be extremely stubborn so this is something you will want to start as soon as you can.

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