To the editor:
Spring : when some minds turn to thoughts of getting a puppy. If you are considering such a purchase, please don't rush the process. A dog is a long-term commitment and should be given considerable thought. Ask questions before you buy.
¢ How old is the puppy? NEVER buy a puppy less than 8 weeks old. It is against the law in Kansas to sell a puppy under 8 weeks.
¢ Were the puppy's parents checked for genetic diseases/ defects? ALL breeds have some genetic problems (hips, heart, thyroid, eyes, cancer, etc.). Ask for proof of any testing.
¢ Why was this litter produced? Did the breeder want to produce some dogs for a specific purpose or just to make a buck? The shelters are full of dogs, so why add to the overpopulation unless there is a good reason?
¢ What experience does the breeder have with this type of dog? Do they even have a copy of the breed standard? Do they participate in any activities with their dogs (obedience, agility, etc.) or are they just breeding to line their pockets?
¢ Is the breeder a member of a breed club? Breed clubs help their members become more knowledgeable and usually have a code of ethics.
Remember that AKC papers only mean that both parents were registered and are not a guarantee of temperament, health or quality.
If you are willing to take a chance, why spend hundreds of dollars? Find a new friend at the shelter or contact a rescue group.