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PUPPY BUYING TIPS

Verify breed purity

Purebred dogs can have their breed’s characteristics both in outside appearance and typical temperament. Make sure the puppy matches these expected attributes. If it has a pedigree, then you can be confident of the puppy’s breed purity. If the ad doesn’t offer a pedigree, then ask for the parents’ pedigrees, pictures of the litter, and ask for expert help (call the Wuuff team or ask a vet).

Pedigree

Many people will say that the pedigree is just a piece of paper. In truth,pedigree has more significance. First of all it proves that the dog is a purebred. It also assumes that the parents have the required permit for breeding. All of this is important since the parents were part of a selection process that was based on the fact that they are right for breeding. This does not only affect the external features, which are of course important, but also the dog’s temperament as well.

Some breeder may also say that the pedigree -- and everything it entails -- is expensive, so this is why their dogs do not have one. However it’s also untrue. Getting a certificate of pedigree costs around 30 euros, but for the breeder to get to the point of receiving a pedigree is far more expensive (health checks, exhibitions). Of course a dog without a pedigree can still be purebred, but when you think about it, what is the proof? In our opinion the best course of action is choosing a dog with a pedigree.

Health screening

Nearly all dog breeds have particular health issues that can crop up in the individual. Make sure you have plenty of information from accurate sources about your chosen breed’s health concerns. Consult with your veterinarian, the breed’s official organizations and, of course, the Wuuff team. When you know exactly what issues may affect your chosen breed, ask the breeder if the parents have been tested for them.

Sire and Dam

On Wuuff you can review all the necessary information about the puppy’s parents. The breeders have resources available to showcase their dogs. If they utilize it and also include details about the parents, they can offer a more well-rounded picture about the puppies. A breeder can justifiably be proud of the dogs and their achievements. Open the parents’ data sheet on the puppy’s page to gain a better picture about the expected future qualities of that current furball. As they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, so make sure to inquire about the parents’ personality traits too. When choosing a purebred dog, the health-personality-looks trifecta should always be the guiding principal.

Dog shows

Many people do not understand the world of dog shows. But a showing a dog is an important part of establishing its quality and gauge its behavior in such a situation. Dog shows can also reveal the nature of a dog’s personality. Dogs that never leave their yard may have unknown traits that can only reveal themselves in a foreign environment (such as aggression, fear or actually behaving as the breed should be). On the other hand, titles prove on many occasions the perfect temperament for a given breed. We are of the opinion that dog shows are not just about the looks, but also provide a great opportunity to see the temperament and behavior of the dogs in shows. Ask the breeder for details about the titles gained by the dog’s parents.

Shots and deworming schedule

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Socialization

Socialization is about forming of social bonds and the ability of the puppy to integrate into the community. This is a lifelong process, but the most critical period is in the first three months, so socialization begins with the breeder. In the first four weeks it happens with the dam and littermates, as the puppy receives its first life-lessons. The breeder will also help with the difficulties in the puppy’s learning. It’s very important that the breeder ensures that the puppies get used to interacting with people and with the environment around them (objects, sounds, different situations). With these early experiences the breeder can establish a solid foundation for the puppy’s future socialization.

Providing a home

If you don’t have the necessary experience, have never had a dog or chosen a breed you never had before, then ask for more information from the breeder about caring for the dog before buying. Based on the received feedback you may decide whether you are capable of doing the necessary work the chosen breed normally requires (feeding, exercise, grooming). After choosing your puppy, a good breeder will provide you with further help and advice if you request it.

We certainly suggest you take advantage of this service. Before narrowing down your choice on a certain breed, consider your life situation. For example a large dog may be miserable in a multi-story apartment building but a small one could be a perfectly happy companion with sufficient daily walks. Also, regardless of breed, dogs are social animals and despise being isolated. If you spend more than 6-8 hours away from home in a single stretch, try to figure out a way to entertain your dog.

How soon can I get my dog?

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Reviews

All reviews on the Wuuff site are based on real, first-hand accounts of transactions. It is unavailable for a third person to rate a breeder or buyer. It is how we provide relevant information about the breeders and buyers. The amount and quality of the reviews provide a strong base when choosing a breeder. For your own safety we advise you to reserve and purchase the chosen dog through Wuuff even if you receive a better offer directly from the breeder. Why is this better option for you? Find out more here.

Guarantee

Normally Wuuff does not provide a guarantee for the dogs advertised on our site. Ask the breeder if, on top of the legal requirements, they are capable of providing any form of guarantee for the puppy. And if yes, ask what are those conditions.

Wuuff Guarantee

We offer an exclusive guarantee for dogs that have the Guarantee icon next to their price. Find out more here.

Communication

Wuuff specifically encourages and makes communication freely available between buyers and breeders. You can speak with the breeder and make your own conclusion whether you find them trustworthy, professional and would purchase a dog from their kennel. On our site you can inquire through messages or can get their phone number with a single click. So, you can immediately call them too. After settling on the details, choose Wuuff Pay with all its benefits, so you can enjoy Wuuff Guarantee and rate the breeder.

Paying

Uniquely in the world of online purebred dog exchange, Wuuff offers a safe and convenient way to reserve and purchase a puppy on-site with a card. This service is free, so you can enjoy the safety of paying online without incurring extra costs. Online payment is not mandatory but, for your safety, we suggest you take advantage of the benefits of Wuuff Pay. Don’t forget, only Wuuff Pay activates Wuuff Guarantee, the payment-forwarding only after you received the puppy and the option to rate the breeder. Find out more here.

Receiving your puppy

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Is the dog expensive?

Yes, purebred and pedigree dogs are expensive, just like anything high quality in life. An “expensive” dog is most probably healthy, an excellent example of the breed physically and shows its typical behavior and temperament. Even among pedigree dogs the price can vary a great deal when taking into account of the parents’ bloodline, their show achievements and health screenings. Certain countries can also offer different prices for some breeds. In any case, if you want a truly beautiful dog with great character, try not to save on the purchase price. Getting an unusually inexpensive puppy can result in very costly vet bills later in life, often multiples of the original price.

Why this price?

Quality breeding is an expensive business anywhere in the world. A conscientious breeder puts in a lot of time, energy and money to perfect the breed. Buying a dog for breeding is a financially risky endeavor and in most cases costs several thousand euros. Along with the initial cost, there is the ongoing expense of upkeep and dog shows. Also, breeding involves not one but several dogs, which multiplies these expenses. The breeder will spend an immense amount of time and energy and, if necessary, often will work through the night to ensure that the puppies will grow up to be beautiful, happy and balanced dogs that hopefully you can enjoy for 10-15 years. We believe the final result is just as important to you too.

Breeder too curious?

Yes, a responsible breeder, will most likely, be curious about you, and you may sometimes find them to be very inquisitive. But do not take this as a personal intrusion. A good breeder knows that if they get satisfying answers to their questions, the dog will go to a good home. The breeder will advise you if they think the breed is not for you. They can help you to choose which puppy is best for you and your family’s lifestyle. The breeder feels a strong connection with their puppy and wants the very best for them.

Photos

In the world of digital cameras and internet, it is expected that we can obtain as many pictures about the reserved puppy as possible. However, in a standard litter there may be 4-10 puppies. A photoshoot requires considerable preparation because a breeder will not want to produce poor quality pictures of their puppies. Even in the cleanest kennel puppies get a little dirty during feeding and playing, so they have to get prepared for a photoshoot, which they may not particularly like (and like babies who often don’t like to dress up, a puppy does not like to be brushed either). Taking all this into account, please do not be disappointed if you receive only weekly photos of the puppy. Try to avoid unnecessary stress for the breeder and the puppy.

Microchip

This is for the individual identification of the dog. The vet will insert it into the dog, in most cases, at the same time as the sixth-week vaccination. At the very latest the dog has to be chipped when four months old. The microchip is a legal requirement, so do not collect any dog without this. Through the Petvetdata system you can check, in a couple of clicks, the ID number of the chip you received from the breeder. We’d like to remind you that following the purchase of the puppy, your veterinarian should register the dog’s chip to your name. With this easy step you can protect yourself from later inconvenience.

Questions for the breeder

To decide whether the breeder meets your expectations, it is worth asking the following the questions. The answers you receive will help you then decide if the dog that the breeder is offering truly matches your expectations.

  • Can I see all the breeders dogs or all the dogs in the litter?
  • When can I take the dog?
  • What papers and health checks do the sire and dam have, and what documents will I receive with the puppy?
  • How many vaccinations has the dog received? Are the vaccinations and deworming processes done at the breeder’s location up to the standard as advised by Wuuff?
  • Does the dog have a microchip ID? If not, when will the dog get it?
  • What is the character and temperament of the parents and what can I expect from the puppy in the future?
  • During breeding what were the criteria to choose the particular parents?
  • How many litters has the dam had previously?
  • Do the parents have any show results?
  • What do the puppies and the adult dogs eat right now? Will I get a ‘puppy packet’ upon collection of the dog?
  • Did the dog receive any socialization? Is it leash trained, and comfortable wearing a collar? (Only applicable for puppies 12 weeks or older)
  • In the future, can I turn to the breeder for advice and help about the dog?
  • How many litters are born in a year at this breeder’s home?
  • Does this breeder work with just one breed or with several ones? (For quality breeding, working with more than two breeds at once is usually extremely difficult and incredibly time-consuming. Be cautious with such a breeder).
  • Do I get any kind of guarantee for the dog? If yes, under what conditions?
  • Can we see adult or younger dogs from previous litters at this breeder’s home? Can the breeder send pictures of puppies born at their home, now grown into adults?