How do you tell if a puppy is healthy before you buy?
Signs of Good Health
- Eyes: Should be bright and clear.
- Ears: Should be clean and free of discharge, odor and redness.
- Nose: Should be clean, without discharge or sores.
- Mouth: Should smell fresh.
- Coat: Should be shiny and clean.
- Weight: Active, playful puppies are rarely overweight.
What questions should I ask when buying a puppy?
Here is a list of questions to consider asking the breeder:
- Are the puppies’ parents “certified”?
- What are the sizes of the puppy’s parents?
- Ask to meet the dogs parents.
- How have they socialized the pups?
- What vaccines has the puppy had?
- Have the puppies been dewormed?
- Have any of the puppies in the litter been sick?
What does a healthy puppy look like?
Look for clean eyes, ears, nose, backside and coat. The eyes should be bright and ears should not be dirty, red, smelly or itchy, while the coat shouldn’t have any bald or red patches. Place the pup on the floor and clap your hands or make a high-pitched squeak.
Should you pick the runt of the litter?
In everyday speech, we often say “the runt” simply when we mean the smallest puppy in a litter. Being the smallest puppy in a litter isn’t necessarily a bad thing, provided they’re still within the healthy weight range for their breed and age, and growing at an appropriate rate.
How do I pick a good puppy from a litter?
Here’s what to look out for to make sure you are choosing a healthy puppy:
- The pups should be well-rounded and have a healthy, shiny coat.
- Examine the pup physically and check it doesn’t have an under- or over-shot jaw.
- Its eyes, ears and genitalia should be clear with no discharge or inflammation.