Buying a puppy

Posted by Zsolt in Dogs

We received a mail from a young lady in Germany with details of her doubts and the difficulties she keept running into trying to buy a dog. It was not the first time we have heard what a challenge such a supposedly simple action can be.  We thought we should share this with our community and see if you went through the same hassle or found a way around it.

Her first problem was deciding about the right breed for her family. She was concerned about the dog being left alone during the day and above all the safety of her children. She spent days researching the internet and found that there was no single website, which could provide all the information she needed to make a responsible decision. She had to visit lots of different sites and put the bits and pieces of information together to come near to chosing the right breed. After this tedious process, she still was not absolutely sure so she decided to play it safe and get a Labrador, which is well known for its friendliness towards people and children.

Once she had the breed chosen, it was time to find a trusted breeder and the right puppy. She had no clue how to start, where to look. She asked around her friends, but had no positive response. Then she went online and found a myriad of ads offering puppies for sale, but she could not find one that she would feel comfortable buying from. As she was searching, she bumped into an article about nigerian scammers which made her even more reluctant.

She was about to give up when she got a call from a friend of a friend recommending a reputable breeder. She bought the puppy, and the family is very happy about it, but their difficulties did not end here. They had trouble finding a veterinarian in the are and they didn’t know who to ask for advice on dog food and training.

Have you had similar experience?

As this story proves, buying a puppy may not be as simple and easy as it seems. Please share your experience whether buying your puppy was really hard or easy so that future dog owners can learn from your it!

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