a puppy in the window can be a tempting purchase. However, this may not
be a good buy. Knowing where your puppy came from should be a key element
in your decision to purchase a puppy. There are several reasons for this.
First, you want to ensure the health of the dog you are purchasing to the
best of your ability. If you know the parents of your potential new puppy
you will know if there are any genetic predispositions to medical problems,
and if they were well cared for through though pregnancy, birth, and their
first days and weeks. This care can have a significant effect on their
long-term health. Another reason to know where your puppy came from is
to ensure that the treatment of your puppy, his parents and other pets
purchased through this supplier have been treated and will be treated humanely
in the future. You may be unintentionally supporting the cruel treatment
of pets if you don’t look into where your puppy came from. There
is a range of puppy breeders, and pet shops can carry puppies from reputable
breeders, but many also carry puppies from irreputable breeders or puppy
mills. In these cases the puppy can be prone to future health and behavior
problems, and the fate of its parents and littermates could be much worse.
A good pet store should be able to describe whom they get puppies from
and how they are obtained. AKC certification is not a guarantee that you
are getting a healthy happy puppy. Buying a puppy at a pet store because
they are cheaper than a local breeder may not be cheaper in the long run.
If your new pet is not healthy or is predisposed to genetic or behavior
problems, you may be spending much more money in medical bills in the long
run. A good shelter or rescue offers a good alternative in many cases.
The puppies are usually checked out for medical problems and the cost of
adoption is usually much less. Also, many times a rescue will have purebred