Hello all dog lovers,
I am new here so I am not sure how everyone feels about mutts vs pures... I suppose this is a place to ask for help since it's a dog forum and I've read a few threads and everyone seem to be very helpful and supportive...
We (mostly me) are looking for a fluffy, small and healthy puppy. I love smaller dogs because I feel bigger dogs are more intimidating and smaller dogs are easier to care for (in terms of taking them around and living space).
I've done some research online. This past weekend, my husband wanted to go to Guitar Center (it's music instruments shop), but instead of going there first, I drove him to the pet shop first. We looked at some puppies. He's greatly fond of a puggle. I held a maltese and couldn't put it down. We ended up walking out of there without a puppy.
I then went home and do some research on the type of breed that we think would fit us best. I also research about breeders and where I should get the puppy from.
I've read so many negative things about puppy mills. I am not quite sure how to spot a unethical puppy breeder from an ethical, loving breeder. I couldn't find a local breeder around where I live so I have to depend on the internet. I found a breeder in PA and I've contacted the breeder.
The breed/mix I am looking at the moment is a Shichon (Zuchon). It is a hybrid between a Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise. If I can't and should not get a Shichon, I would love either a Shih Tzu or a Bichon Frise.
I wish I know a breeder and be able to come visit the place a few time before I bring the puppy home. Even better, I wish I can track the whole pregnancy process and know when the puppy is born... etc. After reading all these negative news about breeders... I got really upset. I was ignorant and I didn't know that these issues existed before... I understand breeding puppies is a JOB and a way for many out there to make a living, but, HOW COULD THEY IGNORE THE LIVING STATUS and WELL BEING OF THE PUPPIES AND THEIR PARENTS???
I can't help to think, what will happen to the parent dogs after their breeder are done with them....
So I've spoke to the breeder about a puppy I saw on the internet. She told me the puppy has been sold that day. (after getting of the phone with her, I did refresh the webpage and indeed the puppy has been marked SOLD.) I then ask her if she has any litter up for sale soon. I told her I am hoping to get one in mid March. She told me she has a litter ready to go in 2 weeks. She said she will contact me when they are ready.
I've looked at the puppies she have up online (they range around 6-10 weeks). The website where I saw the picture of the puppy is a broker website of some sort. The breeder told me when the puppies are ready, she bring them to that place to have their pictures taken so they can put them online.
I haven't asked the breeder yet but when she does contact me back, I plan to ask her if I can see the parents. This way I can get an idea where the puppy came from and the condition/health of the parents.
What I am deeply worried about are:
1. Does this breeder inbred the dogs?
2. Can I trust this breeder to provide me a healthy puppy to take home to be my companion for the rest of his puppy live hood and my life?
3. Can I trust that the appropriate and required vet care has been given to this puppy? (Even though it stated on the website that all the required shots have been given.)
4. I know as a buyer, I am protected under the Lemon Act, but I really do not want to go through the heartache of getting a puppy, puppy gets sick, takes puppy to vet, then contact breeder again and ask for refund or exchange or whatnots.....
Getting a puppy is not like saving up for a designer handbag... a designer handbag you can put it in the closet to collect dust, it only get ruin through wear and tear, it requires little maintenance, it can be given away if you don't like it anymore. Getting a puppy is a commitment... which you can't simply give away or pass on to someone else. That's how I feel. That's why I feel this great about of responsibility...
Please help me find a puppy.