Have you ever wondered how to choose the perfect puppy? Well... the answer to that is right here.
1. First of all, you have to choose a breed. Different breeds are supposed to do different things. Golden retrievers were bred to be hunting dogs. But now they have evolved into family dogs. Golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers are very friendly towards anything and everything and are not suitable as guard dogs. But they can be therapy dogs. If you want a guard dog, then German Shepard or Doberman or even the Indian Pariah (the mutt/mongrel) are good breeds. There are so many breeds that you can choose from. So only after examining and learning about all the breeds, you can choose the perfect breed of the puppy. Thus you can say that there is no one particular perfect puppy to choose from, what is important is that the puppy matches the perfect owner!!!
2. It is always better to adopt and not buy. There are many breeders who do not take care of the puppies properly. Why encourage that when you can adopt a dog from a shelter and save a life. As most of the shelters are overcrowded, some dogs are even put to sleep. Even I did not know this until now. From next time I will adopt for sure. Angel is a pure breed golden retriever, and her parents have won many awards in dog shows. We got her 3 years back at the cost of Rs 15000.
3. Meet the pup before buying - It is always better to meet the pup before getting it home. Please don't buy dogs online. Most of them are bred in a horrible condition and sometimes are even sick. (Read this article about Bhageera - Puppy death triggers calls for ban on online sales) So it is better to see the pup and the parents. If you think they are properly bred, only then go buy or adopt it.
Also, go to a vet for a check up and make sure everything is fine with the pup and its parents.
4. Examine the litter - Look at the litter properly. There will be some pups who are always energetic and playful and others will just be sleeping or lazing. If you are adventurous and have a lot space and time, then buy the energetic pup. Or, if you have a small house and no back yard, then choose the more calmer puppy. Usually the calm pups are better. Females are smaller than the males and are also calmer. So, better buy a female puppy. Another point is, some puppies will approach you enthusiastically, while some may ignore you, while some other might be even suspicious or scared of you. These may indicate either an alpha puppy or the leader, or a middle or pack or rear of the pack. Every type of dog needs different ways of handling. To learn more about this in detail check out this article by Cesar Millan about Dog Pack hierarchy.
I hope these points will help you in choosing the perfect puppy or the right dog for you and your family. Happy pet parenting! If you like this article please comment below on what type of pack position your dog is. Bye. Peace!