So You Want to Buy a Puppy
With more and more people working from home nowadays – everyone is thinking about buying a puppy. Whilst it is great that you now have the time available to concentrate on training your puppy and settling them into your home, lots of people haven’t thought of what will happen to the puppy once they return to employment and how much dog care will cost them when they do return. There is also the question of how much the puppy will cost to buy. Unfortunately, current demand for puppies has caused prices to increase drastically and some unscrupulous breeders are asking ridiculous prices for their puppies. With this in mind, below are a few important points to bear in mind before you decide to purchase your puppy:
- The average price for a well bred puppy is around £1400.
- You should not pay a deposit for your puppy until you have had the opportunity to visit your puppy and its mother and seen the environment they are living in.
- If you are buying a pure bred puppy – always ask the breeder for the registered name of the puppy’s parents as you can then check their health results on The Kennel Club website.
- Calculate how much the puppy will cost before you buy to work out if you can afford it. Food, healthcare, insurance and equipment all costs a considerable amount of money.
- Factor in training – source good quality training classes before you purchase your puppy so you can put him/her on the waiting list.
- Research licensed doggie daycare and boarding establishments, so you know who to leave your puppy with when you have to go back to work or eventually go on holiday.
Welcoming a puppy into your home is a wonderful thing but it is also a big responsibility – emotionally, financially and time-wise. Plan ahead because this pupster is going to be part of your life for the next 15 years, so it is wise to take everything into consideration first before you make the big decision.