Choosing a Puppy
Do not accept excuses about the condition
and environment that a puppy is in or its behavior, and never buy a puppy
out of pities because nobody wanted it and you feel sorry for it. In an
ideal situation, the puppies should be the one choosing their new owners,
rather than the other way around which is usually the case.
A puppy that is too shy may have develop
socialization problems later on in its life, and the puppy that is bold
enough to come forward from the nest, asking to be chosen, is usually the
right one to buy.
The puppy must be active, attentive and have
bright and clean eyes, its nose must also be cleaned (but a little crust
of food is fine), a wax free ears, with a clean coat and pleasant to
handle and without unpleasant smell. Extra care must be taken to ensure
that there must be no sign of any sores or grittiness on the puppy's skin
and coat. Sometimes you will notice some black "coat dust" which is
usually the flea dirt - fleas themselves are not so easy to be spotted.
Monitor all the puppies briefly to ensure that they have been well taken
cared for before buying.
Some tips on choosing a puppy:
Make sure there is no discharge from the
eyes but forgive a scratch or two on the face.
The membranes of the nose must be clear and
free of discharge. There must be no sign of a runny nose.
The inside of the ears must look pink and
shiny, without any inflammation or dark-colored wax. It should not look
Soreness or inflammation of the rims of the
eyes, or eyes that are not completely clear, may be serious signs of
present or potential disease.
The puppy's coat and skin should feel loose
and soft to the touch. The skin should be free of sores.
Sturdy and strong limbs are a must for any
breed, although if you fancy an Italian Greyhound, don't expect him to be
Puppies should have a clean bottom. Signs of
diarrhea are obvious from a quick examination behind. The whole litter
should be examined.
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