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Awesome Collies: Buying a puppy
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        Thank You for visiting Awesomecollies.com. We devoted this section for our new pet owners and others who could use this information to help with their purchase and training of the new family member. There is a great deal of information with a new puppy, so we wanted to offer this information as a reference only.

   If you’re one of our new owners and need further help, then either call us or e-mail us at awesomecollie2011@gmail.com anytime and leave your name and the puppy’s name. If you’re just visiting us and want to ask a question, we’ll answer the best as we’re able by e-mail. Please do not leave a reply on this site. We get an overwhelming amount of spam and it is hard to distinguish what messages are actually genuine.

      Our first section has to deal with Breeders and Help on deciding which puppy to look for when searching. We wish to state that this is only our opinion and we want to inform potential new owners of precautions to consider whether you purchase from us or not.

Again, Thank You for visiting us at Awesomecollies.com.

Breeders:

Never go to a Breeder at night. Visit during the daylight hours to get a full view of the surroundings and conditions.

Ask to see the Sire and Dame and their registrations. Sometimes the Sire will not be on site, use your discretion.

Don’t be shy about asking for references.

Does the breeder have more than one generation? Serious health problems can sometimes skip a generation. How much do they know of past generations?

More than 2-3 breeds can be too much. A Breeder is confident in their breed(s) and will devote all their time to that breed or group (working, sporting, etc.) and know their dogs (traits, personalities, abilities, etc.).

The dogs should be more than just breeding stock (is there more to the dogs?).

Be wary of Breeders who cut and paste pictures from the Internet in order to advertise their dogs. Ask for pictures in their natural environment.

Beware of what is considered a “cuteness quotient” when deciding on a dog. Educate yourself on the breed of your choice. Just because it looks cute doesn’t mean it is going to be a good choice.

Health Guarantees: Puppy Brokers, Pet Stores and some Breeders offer Health Guarantees for the first year of the puppy’s life. Be wary of the exclusions, requirements, and personal costs  for the guarantee. For the most part, only poorly bred dogs, dogs with existing genetic problems, or repetitively bred dogs will give birth to puppies that will have major health problems within the first year and these problems will continue thereafter. If the puppy is bought “sight unseen” via the internet and shipped, then we recommend getting a Health Guarantee or a Veterinary Health Certificate after a careful review of the terms and conditions.

Limited Registrations vs. Full Registrations: There are AKC (American Kennel Club) Breeders who sell their puppies with limited registrations. A limited registration demonstrates the pure bred puppy bloodline but disallows it from future breeding within the AKC on the basis of not meeting quality breed standards. If the puppy does not meet these standards then why are the parents breeding?…..If you decide on a limited registered puppy be sure to have a contract with the breeder that releases the limited registration to a full registration if the dog performs a certain criteria….Some breeders do not want competition and sell their puppies with limited registrations regardless of performance. We ask that you consider these facts before purchasing AKC puppies.

CKC; F1, F2, and F3 registrations. If you like the designer breeds (Labradoodles and others) then be aware of the CKC’s (Continental Kennel Club) registrations for such dogs and puppies. F1 is two dogs thrown together who used to be purebred (once purebred’s breed outside their specific breed, then they are no longer purebred for seven years from the last breeding). F2 puppies have one lineage or grandparents. F3 has a better lineage of parentage. Be wary of why these breeds where crossed. What was the health benefits and what are the behavioral dangers.

The ABCA (American Border Collie Assoc.) is only concerned with the ability of the working Border Collie. If you decide to show your dog for beauty and poise, you will have your ABCA registration pulled and made void. If you want to compete… consider herding, agility, flyball, or any other sport which exemplifies the working aspect of the dog. The approach to color conformity in breeding is detrimental to the ability of the dog.

Consider the health benefits or lack of knowledge concerning the health benefits when purchasing a Designer breed. Ask a lot of questions as to why the breeder chose to mix the breeds. Be very careful.

Some Breeders require a spay or neuter contract to be signed for their purebred puppies requiring new owners to spay or neuter. This should be the personal choice of the new owner. Some Breeders do not want competition from potential new owners. Regardless, at this point why offer a registration for the dog?

Be wary of Breeders who breed every cycle (every 6 months). This is cause for alarm.

We do not recommend buying or putting a deposit on a puppy that you have not seen personally or another alternative is visiting the breeder via Skype with the breeder and puppy if you opt to ship.

Picking out a puppy:

There is a lot of literature on how to pick out a puppy but there is no sure way of doing so and any experienced breeder, trainer, or author with wisdom and experience will agree.

However, if you’re getting a dog/puppy that you absolutely need to work, hunt, or protect, there are some methods and one of the essential keys is not to make your decision on one visit.

  1. Look for determination. Set up a simple scenario on different visits and see who is determined.
  2. Put the puppy on its back and see if it submits or struggles to get free.
  3. Does the parentage have any qualities you’re looking for in a dog.
  4. Roll a ball, toss a plastic bottle and see if there’s any interest or even a “prey” drive.
  5. Dogs/puppies are not born “gun broke” or ready-made to herd without instruction and/or training.

Remember, puppies are ever changing in their early stages and you may get a good day, a bad day, a hungry day, or a tired day.

Some puppies are not socialized, at which point, if you have children there might be problems with fear biting.

Look for puppies that are well socialized and don’t cower and hide.

If you want a family member, get the children involved.

Depending on your personality, put the puppy on its back to check for submissiveness or eagerness.

Ultimately, we recommend the puppy picking you if their going to be a family member.

Try to take into account the other costs of the initial purchase of a puppy (Vet visits, crates, toys, food, and etc.).

Always, look for a healthy puppy.

 

       We hope these points of interest help you in your future. Some are fact and some are our opinion but if you’re in doubt we recommend consulting your Veterinarian. Periodically, we update this list as people ask questions, so feel free to check with us occasionally.

Thank You again for visiting us at Awesomecollies.com.

We want to help you to have a companion… for a lifetime.

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