looking for a puppy

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  1. yoko

    yoko New Member

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    i'm helping one of my friends look for a puppy. she wants a pomeranian or a yorkie... she wants to buy one from a breeder and asked me to help. its just i always got my dogs from rescues.

    so i was wondering:
    1.) what kind of questions should i ask *and what should the answers be*
    2.) what should i look for in the dog?
    3.) what should i look for in the breeder?
    4.) what should li look for in the parents of the puppy?
     
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    Have her get " THE" book!
     
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    Well most importantly it's not really about the questions you ask them it's the questions they ask you. You should be asking about the parent's health tests, puppy's shots, parent's temperments, where the puppies are raised and how much socialization is given to the puppies.
    The dog should be healthy looking and clean and not very shy of you, where it is kept should be clean and dry.
    The breeder should only breed one or maybe two breeds of dogs, and be very knowledgeable in their breeds. Preferabley they should be active in either showing or obedience or something of that nature. They should be able to give you vet references and show proof of the health tests they have given the puppies parents.
    The parent's should be healthy looking, and clean, their personality's should match whichever breed you are selecting.
     
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    Just thought of this...ask when she had her last litter ......and how old she was when 1st bred. A red flag is if she was bred before 2 yrs old and/or has had a litter every year.
     
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    Sirius Imagination ROCKS.

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    well, you should always ask what kind of experience the breeder has
    before adopting a dog, you should know some of its personality traits, eg, a golden should be friendly, dont adopt one thats growling at you.
    as for the parents? make sure that they are all around, well mannered dogs.
     
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    SummerRiot Dog Show Addict

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    It really depends on what you want to do with your dog, did she want to do showing with it? Or is this mainly for a "pleasure dog"..?? That will make a huge difference in the questions you are asking.

    What your friend should do first is MAKE SURE THAT BREED IS FOR HER!! SOo many people go into looking for small breeds like that without realizing their personality traits, what their needs are etc. Poms are high energy dogs, that can be very yippy(as most small dogs I find).
    Here is a link to the CKC standards for the Poms
    http://onpoms.mondenet.com/pomstd.html

    Also the Pomaranian is in the "toy" group and the Yorki is in the "terrier" group. They are completely different in habits as well. The grooming is completely different as well. :) Also, if I'm not mistaken, the Yorki needs to be kept clipped a bit, where as the pom doesn't need.

    If she looking for it to show, i'd defiantely ask the breeder for some references, perhaps a showing background of some sort, see what titles the bitch and dog have under their belt. Try and go and visit the bitch or dog a few times before deciding, as personality (like it or not) will be passed down generation.

    When you go and meet the breeder, take a REALLY good look at what the dogs living conditions are, and the type of facility they have for the dogs!
     

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