This post brought to you by American Kennel Club. All opinions are 100% mine.
If you are thinking of buying or adopting a purebred fur baby, the American Kennel Club can help you with lots of information. From picking breeds to picking a breeder, the AKC can help you make decisions before you take your puppy home to stay.
The American Kennel Club is 130 years old this year. They are committed to advancing the understanding, benefits and care of all dogs, as well as promoting responsible dog ownership.
The first step in choosing a dog to become a part of your family is to decide what you are looking for in a dog. Do you want an even tempered dog that will play with your children? Or do you need a dog that is bred to protect you? These can be some very different dogs, and if you don’t take the time to get the right dog, then you may regret it. Chooing the right dog reduces the chances that your pet will be one that you want surrender to a shelter. Be a responsible pet owner and pick the right pet.
Working with responsible breeders is a very good way for you to find your perfect pet – they are passionate about their breed, experts on the lineage and health of their puppies. They can be a resource for information about your pet for life.
While I do not have a dog now, nor do I want to get one in the future, my daughter is a dog lover, and has fostered many puppies from the shelter in her area. She adopted her own puppy from the same shelter, and has learned a lot about dog ownership, different breeds, and gotten information on what to ask before adopting a pet from the American Kennel Club.
Here are the most important questions to ask when adopting a puppy from an AKC Rescue Network, from the American Kennel Club website:
- Why is this dog in a shelter? Was he surrendered by the previous owner, is it a stray, or a rescue? Why did the owner surrender him? If he was a stray, where was he found and in what condition? Is the dog from the local area? Is the dog here because of an animal cruelty charge against its previous owner?
- What was the health condition of the dog when he was brought to the shelter?
- Has this dog been adopted out before? How long has the dog been in the shelter?
- What veterinary care has the dog received since arriving at the shelter and can you provide copies of the records?
- Is the dog housebroken?
- Does the dog get along well with kids or other pets and how does he act around strangers?
- Does the dog have suitable good manners that I could take away his food bowl while eating or remove his toy while playing? What training and socialization has the dog received since entering the shelter?
- Can he walk calmly on a leash in public or does he need more training? Click HERE to find a training club in your area.
- Does this dog require any special medical care, ongoing treatment, dietary restrictions, or additional socialization?
- Will the shelter take this dog back if it doesn’t work out with my family?
Asking questions, knowing the breed and the breeder, and knowing the history of a puppy you are considering adopting from a shelter will help you choose the right pet, and be sure you can keep it in your home forever. breeds