Some of you would absolutely love to own a puppy that could aspire to becoming show ring material. If this is the case, it is important to realize that the breeder has no way of knowing how well an 8-week old puppy will turn out as a top-notch show dog. In fact, no reputable breeder will ever guarantee a tiny puppy as a “show dog”. If a breeder does make this claim, then be adamant about making your skepticism known. What the breeder can say, which is perfectly acceptable, is “from all appearances at this time, the puppy seems to be of show quality and if no major faults develop, he could be a great show prospect.” Then it is up to you to ask what the faults are (major and minor), and keep your eyes open for them.
At times, if a puppy is thought to be pretty outstanding, but the breeder does not want to keep the puppy at the kennel, you may be asked to sign a contract stating that you will show the dog. If the puppy is a female, you may be asked to sign a contract stating that you will allow your new dog to be bred ONLY to a male of the breeder’s choice.
You may also be asked to co-own the puppy along with the professional breeder. This would mean that you are not the sole owner, and that your “partner” has a say in all matters pertaining to the puppy you take home.
When you set out to purchase your show-quality puppy, remember that no one is forcing you to buy that particular dog. If you do, and the time comes for you to live up to any agreements you have made, it would be completely unfair to have complaints. Contracts and agreements should be well thought out in advance. There are plenty of puppies to be purchased from the same breeder without any contracts involved.
When The Breeder Is Out Of State
The breeder of your choice may live too far way for you to be able to inspect the premises, and the dog you are getting. In such cases, ask for pictures of the puppy, as well as pictures of both parents. This way, you will not be surprised if you have never seen a puppy of that particular breed.
Some new owners can be very shocked when a tiny, skinny, coatless puppy arrives on their doorstep when they were expecting a small replica of an adult dog. The photographs will also give you some idea of the actual size of the puppy will be. If the photographs do not satisfy your curiosity, ask for the height and weight of the parents.
If you plan on having your new puppy shipped to you, try to make sure that he is on a non-stop flight so that you know he will not be waiting at some airport for endless hours, scared half out of his mind. Be at the airport yourself, to pick up your new friend. Chances are, the little guy will be confused and very upset, and he’ll need you at that time, more than ever.