How Do I Find A Puppy?
First of all, if
you are looking for a puppy from a responsible breeder, you need to find the
breeder. Try a search for the parent club of your specific breed through the
AKC Parent Club Search. Parent club sites offer all sorts of information and
some of them have a breeder listings. You can contact the secretary of the
parent club for assistance in your geographical area.
Go to shows. You
can find the location and dates for shows in your area through
When you locate a show, view the judging program for specific times and ring
numbers. These judging programs are usually posted the week before the show.
Once at the show, look at the dogs and see which ones you like. Contact the
person who has those dogs after the judging. Show people have been
criticized for being snobs and this isn’t as a general rule true. Before
judging takes place, they are busy grooming and preparing to go into the
ring. During judging, things can be hectic and they really don’t have time
to chat. Please wait until after the judging of that breed and ask if there
would be a convenient time to talk about their dogs. With this attitude,
you’ll receive a more favorable reception. Be polite and have specific
questions in mind. You have already done your research so you know how much
the dog eats a day or how much he is supposed to weigh. A good opener is “I
love this dog. Can you tell me about him and his parents?” Talk to as many
people as possible at the show and get a feel for who knows what. There will
be novices and experienced people in the ring. Watch and listen and learn.
If you are more
interested in rescue, contact the parent club of your breed to see if there
is a rescue operating in your general vicinity. Sometimes people are
unwilling to take on the trials and tribulations of puppyhood and prefer an older dog that is somewhat trained. On
the other hand, some people don’t want to inherit another person’s problem
child. It is up to you to make the choice. It is sad that so many purebred
dogs end up in rescue for really stupid reasons. “I redecorated the house and
he is messing it up” or “She is getting old and can’t play as much anymore” or
“We want to go on vacation and have no where to put him” or “We are moving and
it’s too much trouble to take him with us”. There are numerous excuses that
some people have for turning their dogs into rescue. These are the people who
would probably have been better off not getting the dog in the first place.
It is unfortunate that we have a society used to
disposable goods. A dog is a living, breathing being. If you aren’t prepared
to take on the responsibility of dog ownership, then don’t get a dog. I urge
my puppy buyers to do things with their dogs. I offer rebates for attendance
and completion of obedience classes. This lays the groundwork for a working
relationship with their dog.
whenever I see dogs in commercials and in movies. 101 Dalmatians is a perfect example. Everyone wanted to
have a Dalmatian and the unethical breeders went into high production without
paying attention to health issues in order to meet the demand. Rescues and
humane societies were flooded with unwanted Dalmatians. People were not
prepared for breed specific problems.
The internet offers educational opportunities.
Search for breed specific discussion boards. These can offer information.
The internet however, should not be used for buying a dog. Personal contact
is best when choosing the future member of your family.
Good luck in your search!
Hof Kurz Great Danes
Fawns and Brindles
P.O. Box 63
Princeton, ID 83857-0063
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