Things To Consider When Inquiring About Purchasing A Puppy

Be selective. Talk to different Breeders until you find one that you are comfortable with. Your Breeder should be knowledgeable about all aspects of the breed. He/She will be a resource and mentor for you throughout the life of your puppy. You should be encouraged to call the Breeder if your dog has a crisis at any stage of its life.

Find out about the health of your puppy and its parents. Breeders should be honest about the breed’s strengths and weaknesses and knowledgeable about the genetic diseases that can affect the breed and their lines, including what’s being done to avoid them. Breeders should provide proof of health screening, such as OFA and CERF certificates. Ask if PSS testing has been or will be done on the puppies.

Visit the breeder’s home or kennel and ask to see at least one of the puppy’s parents. Get an idea of what the future holds for your dog in terms of temperament and appearance.

Observe the premises. Is the house/kennel clean and odor-free? The puppies and parent(s) should be clean, well-fed, lively and friendly.

Pay attention to how the dogs and puppies interact with their Breeder. Does the Breeder appear to genuinely care for the puppies and their adult dogs? Both dogs and puppies should not shy away from the Breeder and should be outgoing with strangers.

A responsible Breeder may ask you to sign a contract indicating that if the specified conditions of care are not met or you become unable to keep the puppy, he/she will reclaim it.

Don’t expect to bring home the puppy until it's at least TEN weeks of age. Irish Wolfhound puppies need ample time to mature and socialize with their mother and littermates.

Breeders should be willing to answer any questions you have and should ask many questions of you as well. Breeders will want to make sure their puppies are going to good homes, with people who know what to expect and have made all the necessary preparations.

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This page was last updated 09/28/2020.