Selection and Adoption
So you are thinking about getting a dog, but don't know where to start?
Questions and Answers
Q: What age group would suit you best?
A: Puppy, juvenile, adult or senior dog.
Q: Where do you plan to get your dog from?
A: Rescue centre, breeder, friend, puppy farm / pet shop / newspaper ad / internet ad.
Q: How do you choose a breed?
A: Consider his breed traits, how big he will get, how much exercise he will need ...
Q: How will he get on with the rest of the household?
A: Consider children, existing dogs, cats, and other animals.
Rainbow Dogs can help you make an informed choice
There are so many things to consider when selecting a dog. I can advise you of the questions to ask, what to look for and how to avoid the pitfalls.
I had eight years experience of rehoming dogs at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
My Brighton & Hove based customers can contact me before getting a dog for a FREE, no obligation chat on the phone to help you find the best match.
Please do not buy a puppy from a puppy farm!
It may not be obvious to you that a puppy is from a puppy farm since they are often sold through pet shops, newspaper ad's, or internet ad's. They will not tell you he is from a puppy farm.
A puppy purchased from a legitimate breeder will still be with his mother. It is highly likely that a puppy sold when you have not seen the mother is from a puppy farm. They may give you many different excuses e.g. The mother is having a rest from the puppies, she is out on a walk, she is being checked over by the vet ...
Puppy farm dogs are usually bread and kept in appalling conditions before being sold on. These puppies will often develop expensive veterinary conditions as a consequence. They will also often develop major behavioural problems due to their terrible start in life and lack of socialisation.
It really is very simple: if you don't see the mum with the puppy, then walk away.