A dog is not just a pet; it is a member of the family. For this reason, in the same way, that you did not decide to be a fur parent lightly, you should exercise the same level of caution when it comes to your decision on where you purchase the doodle from. More times than not, partnering with a breeder is a better option for your family and the animal.
1. Facility Background
A breeder allows you to collect background information on the facility. Often, before you purchase your dog, you will meet with the breeder on more than one occasion. During these exchanges, you have the opportunity to learn more about their facility and the way they treat their animals, which is important. A purchase at a pet store does not come with this type of interaction.
2. Health History
It is incredibly helpful to have a solid health history for your animal. For example, doodles are susceptible to genetic diseases in the same manner that humans are. For this reason, having some knowledge about the animals' lineage can help you assess their future health. Pet stores generally do not have this type of information. However, a breeder cares for the pet you plan to purchase, as well as its parent. Breeders are aware of any potential health risks, work to mitigate them, and pass on any pertinent information to you.
3. Breed-Specific Experience
Another great thing about breeders is that they have breed-specific experience. Traditionally, a doodle breeder will work with only one breed of dog. This exclusivity affords the breeder with a wealth of knowledge; an abundance of knowledge that they can pass on to you. For instance, a breeder can give you firsthand knowledge about the doodle's temperament, how well they interact with children, and even what measures you need to take to help the dog transition into your home.
A breeder also affords the opportunity of purchasing a dog that has early socialization skills. Again, breeders don't just produce litters and sell the dogs. There is a delay after birth before the puppies are sent to their forever homes. During this period, your puppy will have a unique opportunity to interact with other dogs. This routine exchange allows the dog to socialize with other dogs and even humans.
If you have plans to bring a doodle puppy into your home, make sure you keep all these tips in mind.
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