Finding a healthy and high-quality dog is our priority in looking for a new pet. Luckily, with the help of the newspaper listing, websites, and neighborhood announcements, it is easy for us to find a reputable and conscientious breeder or a shelter that can give us our pets. And if you are in the process of getting a new dog there are certain things you need to ask and look for to guarantee that you can care for your new dog.
Pitbull is one of the most popular breeds in the US and most countries. You can find breeders almost everywhere you look. However, you should look for someone who breeds dogs with the best temperament, health, and conformation, and don’t patronize unethical miller’s who sell dogs just for the sake of earning and don’t care about the dogs’ health and welfare after breeding and selling them
You might be unsure of what are the things to look for when getting a new pitbull. We made a list of several things that you should check before you bring home your new pet.
1. Ensure That the Parent is Doing Good and Healthy
You should look at the mother and how she behaves. The temperament of the parent will also be inherited by the puppies. It is a dog and a puppy’s personality, makeup, disposition, and nature. Moreover, you should see how the mother interacts with her litter. Besides, you should also ask how many times the mother gave birth, the limit should just be up to four times. If the breeder is letting the dog have babies l more than this, you should contact the relevant authorities as the dog may be at risk.
2. Check All the Litters
Breeders who are untrustworthy like to deceive buyers regarding the puppy’s origin. For example, they will say that it is a pure breed or will try to sell you a blue nose pitbull for a higher price. This is why it’s important to learn about the blue nose pitbull and any other pitbull before purchasing. The dog should be energetic and healthy if they are already around two months old. You should also check if the other litters are healthy. Litters that are from an abused breeder will have medical complications.
3. Ask for Their Age
An ethical breeder will make sure that they will sell the puppy at the right age. If you get a puppy that is too young, they will most likely be nervous around people and have a tendency to bite and bark. Puppies shouldn’t be sold as early as one to three months as they are still dependent on their mothers. Also, dogs that are separated from their mothers at an early age can have emotional and physical effects on them. Older dogs on the other hand should be checked for any underlying health problems.
4. Look Over Vaccination Records
You should avoid any future illnesses by vaccination, and before getting the dog from shelter or breeders you should look over their vaccination records. Most of the important vaccines are distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, and rabies. They should also be dewormed to avoid any common parasites. You must know which vaccines are done already and which should be done in the future. This will help you protect them from any health risk. If you have time to observe them, check for their stool, and if they are vomiting as these are the common symptoms of illness.
5. Study Socialization Skills
Dogs who don’t have any issues should be able to socialize freely with humans and other animals. A dog who doesn’t have good socialization skills can have health or attitude issues. Pitbull is commonly loving and playful dogs so it will be uncommon if they are quiet and scared. Breeders or shelters who brought up dogs in a loving environment produce happy and good demeanor dogs. Additionally, they can adapt to a new home faster. However, not all dogs are the same, so you should study the background first before you decide to get the dog.
6. Pay Attention to Eating Habits
You should pay attention to their eating habits, dogs are normally eager and like eating whether normal food or treats. Dogs who don’t have a good appetite may have an issue or illness. The dog should not look scrawny as it means it doesn’t get enough food and nutrition. You should examine the body, and you should be able to feel the dog’s ribs, but at the same time, it should be sticking out and showing through their skin.
7. Check for Healthy Skin
Well taken care of, adult dogs or puppies should have smooth, supple, clean, and shiny coats without any sores and bumps. They shouldn’t be scratching, licking, or biting themselves because this may mean they have ticks and fleas. The skin should be pink or black depending on their breed. The dog’s cleanliness and outer appearance are a good indicator if they are healthy. Lastly, check if they got lesions, crusting, sores, and skin cancer.
8. Do They Have a Veterinarian
If they already have been checked by their usual veterinarian then it is a good sign. This will imply that they are well taken care of and under the proper guidance of a professional. Furthermore, you can ask them about the condition of the dog that you will buy. Veterinarians can check for any symptoms or illnesses like a skin condition, gastrointestinal problems, ear and eye infections, pains, and many more.
Ensure that all of these things listed will be checked as the well being of the dog will be the first priority. Dogs will be in your life for a long time and you should be able to keep them healthy, happy and you have all the means to take care of them. Selecting a dog which is a healthy and well-mannered dog will pay off in the future. Lastly, avoid puppy mills and backyard breeders as they don’t have enough knowledge of handling dogs and disregard their health.