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When you are buying a Cocker Spaniel puppy, it is important to look at all the aspects involved in the process. We will offer some buying a Cocker Spaniel puppy advice that should help you choose the best dog for your family to call their own.
Should You Buy a Cocker Spaniel Pup From a Breeder or a Rescue?
It’s rare to find Cocker Spaniel puppies at animal shelters or in rescue programs, but you can indeed find them from time to time. You probably won’t get a papered pup and it may be questionable as to whether you’re getting a purebred, but adopting from a rescue group is a good way to save a life and reduce the excess population of unwanted dogs.
If you want a purebred, papered Cocker Spaniel puppy, you’re going to have to buy your pup from a breeder. However, not all breeders are the same.
How to Find a Cocker Spaniel Breeder
You want to avoid buying your puppy from a puppy mill or unethical breeder. Find breeders for your Cocker Spaniel puppy on either The American Spaniel Club or find other listings at The Open Directory Project. Once you’ve found a breeder, make sure to do the following:
• Ask the breeder for any information they might have on genetic testing of the parents for specific genetic defects.
– This can answer the question on whether they are a responsible dog breeder or not.
– Check to see if they are registered with the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and the Canine Eye Registry Foundation.
• Ask for a copy of the pedigree of the puppy. This way you can look for any signs of inbreeding which can potentially lead to health problems.
• Take your time looking at the parents. Make sure they are on site so you can spend time with them and find out about their personality and build. This will tell you what you need to know about the puppy you are purchasing. (Some breeders use a stud from another breeder, so some will not have the father on site.)
• You never want to purchase a Cocker Spaniel from a pet store. You don’t want to end up supporting a bad breeding practice, such as a puppy mill.
• Avoid buying a puppy from a breeder who is going to ship you the puppy. Only buy a puppy you can physically pick up at the breeder’s location.
– Shipping a puppy is very traumatic for them, so it’s always the best idea to purchase a puppy from a local breeder if possible.
– A breeder willing to ship likely has way too many puppies and is not practicing good breeding.
• Be sure the puppy you are buying is no younger than 8 weeks old at the time you pick them up from the breeder. Some puppies are not emotionally ready to leave their mother yet and can cause a lot of hard times adjusting the puppy to your family.
Before You Buy a Cocker Spaniel Puppy
Have a family meeting to decide if now is the right time to purchase a puppy. Determine if you have space, time to play and enough money to pay for vet visits (i.e. spay/neuter and vaccinations) and necessary equipment needed.
You will also want to research Cocker Spaniel grooming tips and be sure you are aware of how to properly keep their ears clean since they are prone to ear infections.
Cocker Spaniels are very sensitive dogs that require extra love and attention. Make sure you are ready for the commitment before you buy a Cocker Spaniel Puppy.