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Before you decide to purchase a puppy you should consider the following questions.

  • Why do you want a dog?
    • For a pet?
    • For a Show Dog?
    • For a Watch Dog?
  • Are you in an area where dogs are allowed?
  • Can you afford to buy and keep a full grown dog?
  • Will you have time to exercise, care for and play with the dog?
  • Who will exercise the dog?
  • Are your children old enough to be responsible with a dog?
  • Will the puppy be left alone?
  • Will it be allowed in the house?
  • Have you read any books, which explain all about dogs?

Where can you go to get good advice?
For example:

  • The Victorian Canine Association Inc.
  • The R.S.P.C.A.
  • The local library
  • Local dog clubs
  • Your local Veterinary Surgeon
  • Dog Breeders
  • Your local council

When you go to choose a puppy-you will need to know the following:

  • How big will the puppy grow?
  • What breed of dog is it? Is it a pure breed or cross breed? Does it have papers to prove its breeding?
  • What will its nature be like? Will it be a Working dog, or a show dog? Is it likely to get on with other dogs? Will it be very active?
  • What food will it need?
  • How do you know if it is healthy?
  • What do you do if it gets sick?
  • Has it been vaccinated?


You should see the Dam (mother) of the puppies and she should be friendly, in good condition and well cared for. You should ask to see the Sire (father) of the puppies. He may not live at the same place but if he lives close by you should arrange to see him.If there are known hereditary diseases which effect that breed you should ask to see certificates which show that the Sire and Dam have been tested for those diseases.


Look For a Puppy which is:

  • Happy and healthy and full of life.
  • Comes to you enthusiastically and wants to play.
  • Is not wary or scared of you or the breeder.
  • Does not look 'pot-bellied'-pot bellies can indicate worm infestation, especially if the puppy's coat feels harsh and dry and looks dull.
  • Inspect the puppy closely and make sure it is clean and there is no sign of fleas.
  • If the puppy has a long coat, make sure the coat is clean and not matted (tangled).

What you should get from the person who sells you a puppy

  • A vaccination certificate which shows vaccinations given, when the next ones are due, and evidence of the puppy's age (it is illegal to sell a puppy under 8 weeks of age).
  • Papers if it is a pure breed.
  • When it was treated for worms.
  • A feeding chart.
  • Details of the council registration requirements.
  • Qualified informations on the puppy's likely nature, temperament, size and care requirements.
  • Details of any hereditary diseases or health problems which are known to effect the breed.
  • Information on responsible pet ownership, in particular care and welfare of the puppy, the time and facilities required for proper management (socialisation, exercise, adequate fencing, sufficient space and proper shelter).

Note: Pet Shops are obliged by law to provide the following:

    Purchasers of pet animals must be given literature about feeding, desexing, parasite control, health-including procedures for emergency treatment during the guarantee period, housing, responsible pet ownership and current legislation covering the registration of pet animals. If a puppy purchased from a Pet Shop is not acceptable to a purchaser because of health or other reasons that are supported by a statement from a veterinarian, excluding accidents, within seven days of purchase, pet shop proprietors must take the animal back and refund all monies or offer a replacement puppy with the same guarantee. If a puppy is returned within three days for any reason, the pet shop proprietor must refund 75% of the purchase price or offer a replacement puppy with the same guarantee. If the puppy dies or is euthanased as a result of a disease that is traceable to the point of sale, the pet shop proprietor must refund the purchase price or offer a replacement puppy with the same guarantee.

When you get your puppy home:

  • As soon as possible, preferably the same day, have your Vet check the puppy.
  • Make sure the puppy has fresh water available at all times.
  • Make sure the puppy has a warm and protected place to sleep.
  • Educate your children on how to care for and handle the puppy-make sure they know not to disturb the puppy when it is tired or sleeping, or when it is eating.
  • Define the area your puppy has to play in-train it not to go into those parts of the home where it is not allowed, e.g. the bedrooms.

Further Information
  Products for Puppies
  Breeders directory

Victorian Canine Association

Last Update: 19/07/07 17:03 Views: 7616

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