Where To Buy A Dog Or Puppy – A Guide To Reputable Dog Sellers
Puppies are expensive! They cost money and they take time to raise. You want your new family member to grow up healthy, happy and well adjusted.
But it’s not just the price tag that makes buying a puppy so costly; there are other costs associated with raising one too. There are also financial considerations when purchasing a puppy from reputable breeders or pet stores.
The average cost of raising a puppy varies depending on several factors such as how old the pup is, what kind of home environment it will be raised in and whether it was purchased from a breeder or pet store. If you’re looking to purchase a puppy, here are some things to consider:
How Old Is My New Family Member?
It’s always best if your new family member is between 8 weeks and 6 months old. Pups don’t need to be spayed/neutered until they reach eight weeks of age. However, most puppies sold at pet shops and breeders are bred for show quality. Therefore, many of these pups aren’t even fully potty trained yet. So while it may seem like a good idea to wait until the pup is six months old before having him/her neutered, it’s really not necessary unless you plan on breeding the pup (which I won’t get into). Most people don’t buy a puppy unless they intend on keeping it anyway.
What Kind Of Home Environment Is My Pup Going To Grow Up In?
The cheapest way to go is to purchase a dog from a shelter. Most shelters have purebreds and mixed breeds available, but you can also find entire litter of pups in need of a new home as well. Other perks include a bunch of puppies running around that will help prepare your pup for future sibling rivalry!
If you do decide to go with a breeder, there are several different levels of breeders. The lowest would be a “backyard breeder” or someone who has two dogs of opposite genders and lets them do their thing without any supervision. Most of the time these dogs aren’t very healthy and come from irresponsible and uncaring owners.
You should stay away from these people and definitely don’t purchase a dog from them.
The next level up is a “hobby breeder.” These are people who have an excessive obsession with one aspect of breeding. They may breed several different kinds of dogs, or they may just specialize in a certain kind.
Either way, if a breeder is at this level they take proper care in grooming their dogs and making sure they’re well fed and taken care of, but they also tend to be very particular about who can buy one of their pups.
The highest level is the “professional” breeder. These people are in it for a living and have made selling dogs their primary source of income. This doesn’t necessarily make them a bad person or mean they don’t care about the quality of their dogs, but it does mean you may have to pass a screening process before you can buy one of their pups.
The prices for puppies at each of these places can vary as well.
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