Buying a puppy can be both very exciting and also a bit stressful.
The anticipation of adding a new member to your family can get people to
overlook some common sense factors that can often come back to haunt new puppy
When it comes to purchasing a new gundog, the first thing I recommend is not
to let emotions get involved. There is a lot more to buying a puppy than just
calling the first ad you come across and getting your checkbook out! Consider
these important elements during your quest for that quality gundog.
For starters, I recommend researching a breed that fits your needs. This
should begin months prior to the actual purchasing of the dog. With technology
today, it is actually very easy to do some investigating into the different
breeds that hunt. Try to research the characteristics and other qualities that
are important to you before making your decision. Keep in mind that your gundog
is not only going to be hunting with you, it will also be a companion during
the other nine months of the year.
Some Breeds Better Pets Than Others
There are some breeds that make better pets than others. If you have a family,
try and find a breed that will be good with kids. Some hunting dogs tend to do
better than others when it relates to love and affection.
For example, some of
your pointing breeds will tend to be more independent and may just want to
"hunt." They often do not need a great deal of attention. However, this "hunting
desire" may be an issue when it comes to the amount of exercise it requires. A
high-strung dog needs to burn more energy than just a house dog.
On the other hand, if you want a combination of a hunting dog and a family
pet, make sure that the breed meets those qualities. Once you find a breed that
you feel meets all of your family needs, make sure you decide on a reputable
breeder that has made their dogs both a quality hunting, as well as a good
companion dog. Try and ask the breeder how their dogs perform both in the field
and at home. If at all possible, try and see both the sire and the dam in
Remember, this is an investment that will last 10- to 15 years depending on
the breed. Letting emotions play into your decision-making process, may get you
something that you may not be happy with down the road. Doing a little research
well in advance will definitely help make your next gundog everything that you
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