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Old 02-07-2007, 09:27 PM   #1
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Greetings!! I have been looking for a puppy for over six months now, but not sure on a couple of things.
First, a breed. I was thinking of getting a smaller dog, looking at any sort of terrier or a bulldog. The area I will be living in is Washington, so is there any type of dog that would not be allright to live in that environment?
Second, how should I go about obtaining the dog? Should I buy from a breeder or a pet store or the neighbors or a shelter? How much am I going to spend to get a new friend?
Any help would be greatly appreciated as I prepare my life for a little friend! I need a dog who will keep me entertained, will listen at least a little, but is able to chill out as well. Thanks again!

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Old 02-07-2007, 09:32 PM   #2
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DO NOT buy from a pet shote or a puppy mill. 90% of puppys at pet stores are going to cost you thousands in medical problems later.

You should by from s serious breeder. One might ask around, or see if their are any one here who are willing to ship the puppy if not within driving distance.

If you're not planning to show in conformation, your best bet is a rescue. Most come with vaccination and are spayed. They've also been temperment tested. They're anywhere from $40.00-$350.00 depending on age and organization. This in itself saves you about two thousand dollars.

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Old 02-07-2007, 09:32 PM   #3
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Firstly please do not buy from a petstore, they tend to promote puppy mills. I would definately start looking for a good breeder. One way you can do this is to look up the breed you are interested in with the AKC ( American Kennel Club ) on their website. From there they can direct you to reputable breeders. For a pure bred pup you are looking at spending in the range of 500-1200 dollars.

Another thing you can do it look for a rescue. Petfinder.com is a great place to start. Adopting a pet usually costs about 150.00 for adoption fees and you are giving a homeless dog a home.

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I suggest doing more research. If you are even considering buying from a pet store you haven't done enough.

How much time can you spend exercising?
How much time can you spend grooming?
How much time can you spend training?

Then, after asking yourself these questions find breeds that match your lifestyle and and choose one that will be right for you.

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Hi and welcome to the forum from me and my gang. You have been given a lot of advice so far so I shall not add to it as you will just get confused if you get too much all at once. I wish you the best of luck in finding the right puppy for you.
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Hi and welcone
First, don't be discouraged by what you have heard so far. We were all new to dogs once.
Just for fun, check out some of the online breed selectors:
http://selectsmart.com/beta_dog/
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/search.htm
http://www.petnet.com.au/selectapet/dogselectapet.html
http://animal.discovery.com/breedsel...lectorindex.do

And even though rescues may be an option, you should be aware that since you are a newbie, there is a good chance they won't adopt to you. Also the fees are more like $400 for rescues.

Definitely take a look at shelters. They do sometimes have puppies.

Good luck!
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The best link seems to be the last one. That is the only link I've come across that when I say I want a small dog doesn't give me a border collie or a golden retrieved in my top 3 lol!
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And even though rescues may be an option, you should be aware that since you are a newbie, there is a good chance they won't adopt to you. Also the fees are more like $400 for rescues.

Definitely take a look at shelters. They do sometimes have puppies.

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I have never seen rescue fees that high. You can buy a pure bred pup for that. I think it depends on the rescue you are dealing with. In Canada from what I have seen 100-250 depending on where and what they are trying to recover IE: Vet bills.

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Only dogs I have seen in rescues for $400 or more are dogs with special needs. Definitely check out www.petfinder.com. I would not buy from a breeder, I would adopt. That is my personal opinion though.

Schnoshredder - Do you live alone or have kids? Do you rent or own? There are more questions you need to think about. Plus, a dog isn't there to entertain you, you are there to entertain the dog.

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Maybe it is where I live. There are no rescues less than $250 and I have seen over $500. Not that the amount may not be justified, but I was trying to provide more info. Heck shelter dogs if they are purebreds go for $250-$300 around here.
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