When getting a puppy you should do you research on your breeder to ensure that the puppy you are buying is healthy and well socialised. Responsible breeders loving talking about their dogs and will be happy to discuss them and the breeding process at length.
Do your research on the breeder and try to avoid puppies that are advertised for sale on websites such as Pets 4 Homes and Gum Tree. Good breeders do not need to sell their puppies in this manor. Have a look at the Kennel Club websites or breed club websites for lists of breeders.
Below are some of the standard questions you should ask to ensure that you will be getting a healthy pup.
- Ask about vaccination and worming
By the time the puppy is ready to go home with you (usually at around 8 weeks old) it should have had its first vaccination and worming treatment. The breeder should give you the vaccination certificates and worming records as part of the puppy pack. Your pup will need boosters on the vaccinations at around 12 weeks old and be carried in places where dogs have been until fully vaccinated.
- Find out what the puppy if being fed
If possible try to continue with the same food to avoid upsetting the pup’s stomach. If changing, do so gradually. Most breeders will give you some food to take home with the pup.
- Ask about the contract of sale
Most breeders will have a contract of sale, which will outline what happens in the event of the pup being in poor health or if something goes wrong. The contract may also place limits on you being able to breed or show the pup. Make sure you read the contract being purchasing to be aware of any restrictions.
- Ask about pet insurance
Most breeders will offer 4 weeks free pet insurance from the day you collect your pup
- Ask about your pup’s pedigree and DM in the line
Make sure the pup comes from healthy lines. Testing for DM (Degenerative Myelopathy) is not common in the UK yet (nor conclusive) so do ensure you ask if there is any history of DM in the line. If you are concerned, ask for the test to be carried as an extra.
- Ask about the socialisation of the puppy
Puppies should be introduced to different environments and noises (such as hoovers, public transports, cars) to ensure they grow into confident dogs.
- Ask to see the puppy with its mother and litter mates
This will give you the opportunity to check the temperament of the mother, which gives a good indication as to how the puppy will turn out. Also ask about the sire. If this is a stud dog they may not be available to view so get as much information on them as possible. You can also ask about previous litters and if there are any pups from them which you can meet. Again this will give you a good indication as to how your pup may turn out.
Don’t buy on the first visit. Tiny puppies are adorable and you will want to take home the whole litter but do your research first to ensure that you will end up with a happy, healthy and well-socialised companion. Corgis may be somewhat rare in the UK but there are plenty of good breeders out there so take your time to ensure you find them.
Finally be prepared to answer questions about yourself and the home that you will be giving the puppy. The breeder should be just as keen to ensure that the puppy is going to a good home as you should be to ensure that it has come from a good one.