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Buying a Puppy from a breeder
If buying a puppy the best place always to buy is directly from a reputable breeder.
The advantages of buying from a reputable breeder is that breeding has usually been carefully planned and thought through with regard to producing robust, healthy dogs of good temperament. Many breeders will also offer some form of guarantee contracting to take the dog back if not suitable. Unfortunately the same cannot always be said for puppies sold in pet shops or those that have come from “puppy farms” where dogs are bred in mass numbers for the pet market.
Many breeders of pedigree dogs also show their dogs and so breed towards producing a good healthy show dog with a view to keeping one or two themselves so quality and temperament is of vital importance when planning the breeding.
Although breeders of show dogs specialise in breeding pedigree dogs, there are also owners who have bred their pet dogs and produce cross breed or pedigree puppies. These may be the result of a planned or unplanned pregnancy but the pups have usually been well cared for and brought up in a family environment and so most often make very suitable pets and will be less expensive to purchase than a pedigree show dog.
Buying a dog direct from the breeder means that there is the opportunity to see the parents and know the date of birth of the puppy that it is intended to purchase.
Every year the RSPCA re-homes around 70,000 animals – many of these are dogs – often these dogs are unwanted pets that have been callously dumped or victims of cruelty. In many cases dog and puppies were removed from their homes and taken to RSPCA animal centres to be looked after until they were well enough to be re-homed. The Society is constantly amazed at the lack of love and respect some owners have for their dogs.
Finding an animal to re-home
Unfortunately, they are not currently able to give details of all the dogss in need of new homes online.
If you are interested in re-homing a dog or puppy, pay a visit to your local RSPCA animal centre – or you can view animals at RSPCA Block Fen or Gonsal Farm Animal Centres online.
At any one time, the RSPCA has hundreds of dogs and puppies across the UK looking for new homes.
Dog Grooming Books Dog Grooming For Dummies
This is the fun and easy way to keep a dog looking clean, neat, and healthy. This year, Americans will spend $8.8 billion for supplies for their pets, including grooming aids and services. Now, “Dog Grooming For Dummies” shows readers how to get professional results at home. Featuring step-by-step instructions and a coat-specific grooming guide for over 150 breeds of dog, this friendly guide covers basic grooming for good health, the latest grooming equipment, bathing, nail care, skin care, and dental care for dogs. Plus, there’s also helpful advice on how to become a professional groomer and breed-specific tips on grooming dogs for competition. Margaret H “Maggie” Bonham (Conifer, CO) is an award-winning professional dog writer and trainer. She has worked as a vet tech, grooming dogs for clients, and has groomed dogs for show.
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