Ask Yourself...Are You Prepared To:
responsibility for this dog and all of its needs for the next 10-15 years?
This is NOT a task that can be left to children! The whole family needs to be
considerable time, money and patience it takes to train the dog to be a good
keep the dog safe; not running loose, riding in the back of an open pick up
truck or chained outside?
the dog gets enough attention and exercise?
shedding, retrieving, drooling and high activity for the next 10-15 years?
money it takes to provide proper veterinary care including but not limited to:
vaccines, heartworm testing and preventative, spaying or neutering, dental
care and annual check ups?
educated about the proper care of the breed, correct training methods and how
to groom? There are many resources available to help with education.
breeder informed and up to date on the dog's accomplishments and any problems
that may arise? Taking your questions to the breeder or other appropriate
professional before they become problems that are out of hand?
patience to accept (and enjoy) the trials of puppyhood (which can last through
their adult lives) and each stage afterward? Continue to accept responsibility
for the dog despite inevitable life changes such as new babies, kids going off
to school, moving or returning to work?
impulse buying, and instead have the patience to make a responsible choice?
answered yes to ALL of the above, you are ready to start contacting breeders.
Responsible breeders will ask you as many questions as you should be asking
the right puppy or adult dog IS worth waiting for!