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Along with the many ways of choosing the right daycare for your children, for pet lovers, there are a number of different ways to pick your perfect new puppy. You may choose to buy from a private sale or you may wish to adopt from a shelter or pound. You may prefer to go through a pet store or you may want to stick to a breeder. If you are adopting a pet from a breeder there are a number of things to consider when selecting your new pet.

Breeders Vs Puppy Mills

When you are adopting a pet from a breeder you can expect the price to be much higher. A purebred puppy bought from a breeder can be several thousands of dollars while a standard puppy at the pound may only be a hundred dollars or even free in some instances. This is because your pet will be a pure breed. You are essentially paying for the guarantee that you know that the Mom and Dad are the same breed.

There are many people that breed dogs for a living but you need to be well aware of the pros and cons to buying a pet from a breeder.

One of the things you need to be aware of is the difference between breeders and puppy mills. Breeders will take the time to hand pick the dog's mates and take care of the parents as well as the puppies. Most breeders will ensure that the puppy is with his mother for at least eight weeks of his life and that he has all the shots needed. Furthermore, most breeders will live in a large area so that the animals have plenty of space to move and play.

Puppy mills, on the other hand, are designed to breed puppies. The conditions are poor and the pups are treated terribly. Many puppies are taken from their mothers and left in tiny chicken cages. Puppy mills are illegal but there are still many that exist across the nation. It can be devastating visiting a puppy mill and, if you do come across a puppy mill pretending to be a breeder, then report it to the authorities.

Buying a Purebred Puppy

If you want your pet to be a purebred so that you can mate him later and make some money out of his puppies, then you need to inspect the pups carefully. Make sure the puppy you choose is in good physical condition, especially his reproductive parts. If you notice one testicle has not descended, for example, then this could be a sign of problems down the road and you may need to have your pet de sexed for his own well being.

Purebreds are beautiful animals. However, just because they come from a 'good' family, so to speak, doesn't mean they will automatically behave. In fact, some purebreds are actually considered to be stupider than mixed breeds. You need to do your part to ensure your pet is a good one by taking care of him, teaching him what is right and what is wrong and providing plenty of love, attention and stimulation.

When adopting a pet from a breeder you need to be careful that you are getting a fair price and that you are buying from a reputable company. There are websites that list purebred breeders in the area as well as different things to consider when shopping for a purebred. Do a little bit of research in terms of the pricing so that you know what you are buying and so that you know that you are getting exactly what you want out of your pet.

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