German Shepherd Puppy Buying Guide for All In 2018

German Shepherd Puppy

You’ve decided you want a German Shepherd Puppy, so what comes next?

To begin with, make sure you understand what German Shepherd Dogs are all about. Make sure you understand the heritage of the breed. The German Shepherd is a member of the Pastoral Group of dogs. That is to say, it is a working dog. It is a dog that requires a considerable amount of exercise and training.

Watch the video to understand more about German Shepherd Puppy or adult breed.

Buy your German Shepherd Puppy only from a Kennel Club registered breeder. It is not to say that a non-registered German Shepherd breeder cannot produce a perfectly healthy and happy German Shepherd. It is not to say that a non-registered breeder cannot produce a dog that meets the Kennel Club breed standards when it comes to size and proportions, etc.

German Shepherd Puppy

But by buying from a registered breeder you are buying a known and well-documented history. You will know the history of your German Shepherd’s parents and grandparents.

You will know that they were happy, healthy, well-adjusted dogs so you can be fairly certain that your dog will turn out the same. It’s called genetics but really, from you the prospective German Shepherd puppy owner’s perspective, it’s all about buying a known quantity.

The more you learn, the more you will ‘understand’ the breed. Buying a German Shepherd puppy is a considerable investment, not simply in terms of the purchase price, but in terms of the cost of maintaining your dog throughout its life. Learn more about the breed in the video

Understand what potential health issues are inherent in German Shepherd Puppy. Every breed has potential health issues that are inherent to that particular breed. In the case of German Shepherd, for example, hip dysplasia is a known issue. So check what hip score your puppy has and what score its mother has.

Always insist on seeing your German Shepherd Puppy where it was born. View the surroundings it has known throughout its short life. Put yourself in your puppy’s place and ask yourself if you would be happily brought up in those surroundings. Then you can better decide if those surroundings are conducive to the development of a healthy and happy puppy. For example, is it clean, is it well maintained?

German Shepherd Puppy

Always insist on seeing your German Shepherd Puppy siblings, and particularly its mother. Does the whole litter look healthy and happy? Do they look clean and well cared for? Does the mother display the characteristics you are looking for in your puppy?

We don’t just mean physical characteristics but in terms of her temperament. Don’t just go on looks. How does she behave? Is she sociable? Does she behave the way you want your pup to behave?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions of your breeder. Apart from the fact that they should be able to easily answer all the questions you ask, your interest will give the breeder added comfort in knowing that you care enough to ask the questions in the first place. Any good breeder will not just be interested in selling their pups; they will want to know that they are being sold to a responsible and caring owner.

Never, ever, agree to buy a puppy without first seeing it!

 Always make sure that your breeder has a full set of documentation for your puppy. That it is to hand and ready to be taken away with you. Check the Kennel Club registration paperwork. Check the inoculation records are correct. Make sure those records apply to your particular puppy. 

Check that your puppy seems healthy before you take him home with you. Make sure you have a diet sheet so you know what food your puppy is currently taking and what food to continue giving him.

Check your German Shepherd Puppy current medical condition. Has it been wormed and when? When was it inoculated? Has it been treated for fleas? Has it been microchipped?

Before you go to pick up your puppy, go shopping for all the things you’ll need when you bring him home. He’ll need a bed, food and drinking bowls, a collar and lead, grooming equipment, and a blanket so he can make his own bed in his new home.

As soon as you get home, make an appointment with your local vet to make sure everything is in order with your German Shepherd Puppy. It will be a chance for the two of them to get to know one another!

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