Buying a dog is by far, one of the most exciting things you can do. There’s always a thrill that you get at the moment when you convince your parents or your significant other or you can decide for yourself that it is time for you to get yourself a little dog to whom you can provide a home and lots and lots of love. There are so many things that you have to keep in mind when you are buying a dog, or you are adopting one. Whether it is stocking up on dog chews or pet toys, or creating a comfy space for them to sleep in.
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.”
It goes for all breeds of dogs including dogs of a rare breed. They give unconditional love, and you must reciprocate the same! But when you are buying a dog of a rare breed, there are a few things that you should look out for.
A well-known rare dog breeder
Getting in touch with breeders has now become extremely simple. You can connect to breeders through email, search for a breed club online, and check out the kennel’s Facebook page as well at ease. The resources available are plentiful, but buying a rare breed is a task on its own. While it is easy to get in touch with a breeder, you must do research and ensure that you visit a breeder that is well-known and one that is registered.
Having a dog of a rare breed can be different, new, and exhilarating. The excitement is understandable, but there is a lot of responsibility that comes with being an owner of a rare dog breed. The breeder ensures that you are fit to own a dog of that breed for the best interest of you and your to-be puppy.
You may even be put on a waitlist if there are no puppies of that rare breed available, and the breeder will contact you once your lucky day arrives, and you will be able to take home your puppy.
Before you decide on getting a dog of a rare breed, it would be prudent to ask yourself a few important questions
Can You Commit
Whether you would be able to commit to taking care of a dog of a rare breed, there are bound to be specific requirements that such a breed would have. Any dog needs utmost love, care, affection, and attention. But besides this, there may be specifications as to how to take care of a dog of a rare breed.
Research and collect information
You must gather all the information you can about the breed. From the breeder, online sites, and forums- know what you are getting into. Having a dog is a commitment. You have to be all in.
1. What are the exercise requirements of the dog?
2. How much space would be required to ensure that your dog is happy and healthy?
3. How big do dogs of certain rare breeds grow?
4. Are there certain illnesses or diseases that such dogs are prone to?
5. What are the vaccinations and medical requirements of a rare dog breed?
“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.”
You must be able to understand what a dog’s needs are. You must be able to understand and be willing to go the extra mile to comprehend the needs of a dog of a rare breed.
Interview Veterinarians Before you buy your dog
Before you buy your dog, interview different vets and take advice from the breeder as to the care that will be provided for your soon-to-be puppy and whether the vet has experience with the breed. Finding a suitable vet is essential before you bring home your puppy.
Will Your Pet Fit Your Lifestyle?
You must be sure that having this dog of a rare breed would suit your lifestyle. Dogs are all about love. No matter the breed. They will always love you. And you should have the time to love them and care for them as well. If you have a heavy work schedule and are out most of the time, having a dog, especially of a rare breed that may require special care, then bringing home a puppy may not be the best idea as of yet.
Becoming an Ambassador
Owning a dog of a rare breed, this means you will be talking. A lot. Having a rare breed means they are different, and you will be asked a lot of questions, mostly ”What is this breed?” you must be prepared for such issues. You should be ready to become somewhat of an ambassador for your dog! Some dogs of rare breeds even have their own business cards!
You may also be called and invited for different dog shows, where you can showcase your beautiful rare breed dog due to uncommon breed visibility, which gets people very excited.
You must ensure that when you are buying a dog of a rare breed, you know where they are coming from and that they are going to be a part of your family now. Having a rare breed also means that you may be promoting a breed that is endangered. Loving and caring for these breeds is a task and responsibly worth having. Give them as much love, care, pet toys and dog chews! Keep them happy and loved.