A dog is for life not just for Christmas
We have all heard it before “a dog is for life not just for Christmas”, yet many many people still choose to buy them at Christmas time and after a few months the novelty has worn off and that cute little puppy becomes more and more demanding and eventually it gets forgotten about and eventually gets shunted off to either a new home or the dog pound.
Buying a dog is a huge commitment, which could be for the next 10-15 years of its life and yours, and that cute little fluff ball will soon turn into a sharp toothed little gremlin chewing everything in sight including fingers, and toes and anything else he can sink his teeth into, peeing and pooping its little heart out all over the house until its toilet trained, this takes many many hours of consistency and patience. I always say having a dog is like having a baby, because they do everything a baby does and more!
“Puppy blindness” yes this a real term because once you see that cute little fluff ball all your common sense goes out the window , I myself have been guilty of this, when we were shopping for our chow chows we were taken over by cuteness overload and nothing else mattered apart from that little ball of fluff. I wouldn’t swap them for the world but if I knew then what I know now things may have been a little bit different and I maybe would have asked more questions and got a better understanding of the breed and their requirements, health issues ect.
Do your research
Ok so you have decided you are going to get a puppy I hope that you would wait until after Christmas as the novelty may have worn off by then but when you do get a puppy it is important to do lots of research, some of things to research before deciding on a puppy are:
- Health problems
- Exercise requirements
- Cost of vets fees
- Cost of insurance
Don’t just choose a dog based on how cute it is, one of the main reasons that people choose to rehome their dog is due to behaviour issues, that cute little puppy has grown into a huge ball of energy who doesn’t listen to a word you say. One of the main reasons for this is lack of control or discipline, researching the breed will give you the knowledge to buy and raise a happy healthy puppy.
A dog is going to cost a lot of money throughout its lifetime with good quality food, vet fees, vaccinations, de-fleaing and worming, and what about that unexpected bill for an accident or injury, insurance won’t always cover the full cost of a claim. What are you going to do if you go on holiday? You will also need to factor in boarding expenses, one other thing to think about is the cost of training, if you do end up with an unruly puppy then finding a good dog trainer can help, but this will come at a cost. If you cannot afford all of these things then getting a dog is just plain stupid.
Choosing a dog that fits in with your lifestyle
It is important that you choose a dog that fits in with your lifestyle. A husky is a high energy dog who can also be quite dominant, especially the males, an owner with experience of the breed is needed, one who can assert dominance (not aggression) over him so he doesn’t rule the roost, huskies can also be a bit temperamental especially in warm weather and are not suited to homes with small children who like to pull ears and tails, as they need their own space. As I mentioned before they are a high energy dog who need tons of exercise or they will become destructive, they are also escape artists and can easily jump a fence 6 foot high or even tunnel under it, so it is important to do your research and make sure the puppy you intend to buy suits your lifestyle. The reasons we decided to get chow chows was they require very little exercise, they are suited to family life, and they are loyal but independent dogs which suited us as a family. They do require a fair amount of grooming but we can cope with this.
A responsible breeder will tell you to avoid buying a mixed breed dog, these days there are lots of designer dogs for sale “mixed breeds” from lots of irresponsible breeders some of which haven’t even health tested their dogs and just breed them willy nilly, buying a mixed breed dog means you have double the home work to do, are those two breeds compatible? Do they have any temperament issues? Are they high energy? A collie cross husky is trouble waiting to happen, two very high energy dogs and if that puppy doesn’t get enough exercise then that’s where behavioural issues can occur.
Things to ask your breeder
Are the mum and dad available to view?
If the mum is not available stay well clear, you always want to view the puppies at home with mum, never meet someone to deliver a puppy and never get it delivered as these pups may have been illegally imported from puppy farms. Sometimes the dad is not available to view but this is normal if they used a stud dog to mate with.
Are the parents health checked?
And I don’t mean just a regular check up with the vet. Have they been hip and elbow scored? Have they had eye tests? What are the results?
Are the puppies health checked?
All puppies should have a check-up with the vet before being homed.
Have they had injections?
Ask for the name of the vet, so that you can check which vaccinations they have had, some breeders choose to get the first one done but the vet you use may be using a different brand and if that’s the case they may need to be repeated, if they have had both then that’s great, you will be able to walk your puppy as soon as you want, if they haven’t received any they will need to be kept off the ground until they have had both.
Are the puppies micro-chipped?
The law changed recently, stating that all puppies have to be microchipped before they leave the breeder, if your breeder hasn’t microchipped their puppies they are breaking the law, if they don’t care about this then they certainly won’t care about providing you with a healthy puppy.
Hopefully this article has made you think twice about getting a puppy for Christmas, but if not at least we have armed you with the information you need to be able to choose the right breeder and bring home a happy healthy puppy that will stay with you for it’s whole life.