Looking for the right dog can be a daunting task.

There are more than 100 dog breeds to choose from, a wide range of shapes and sizes, and an array of personalities that could fit your lifestyle and living arrangements.

But the number one thing to think about when finding a new companion is health. Making sure a dog is healthy will ensure a happy future with your new pet and a good return on your investment if you are buying from a breeder.


Here are six tips for finding a healthy puppy:

Where to start:

The first thing to consider is whether or not you can handle a new addition to the family.

Decide the best size

Once you’ve decided if it’s possible for you to get a dog, you will need to decide what size of dog is best for you. If you have only a small amount of space, you will not want to get a very large dog. Many apartments put a cap on dog size, if they even allow dogs at all. However, if you live in a large space (especially one with other wildlife) or you need a protective dog, you will want to consider something larger.

Think about the amount of time you have

Getting a dog that needs lots of exercise when you work a lot is bad because if you don’t have enough time to give him long walks then you’ll have problems with training.

Do your homework:

Do you want a purebred puppy or a mixed breed puppy? If you want a purebred dog, find out what kind of breed you are looking for, what the specific needs for that breed are and what ailments affect that breed. Check out the Dog Breed Selector

Some breeds like English Bulldogs have various issues ranging from breathing problems and arthritis to skin and eye troubles. Other larger breeds, like Labradors, are prone to hip dysplaysia, which can cause paralysis or arthritis.

This would also be a good time to meet your potential new pup’s parents. If you’re buying from a breeder or a foster parent, check out the dog’s family history. If the parents have health issues, there’s a good chance the dog will too.

3) Where to look:

If you’re buying from a breeder, make sure it’s reputable, says Oliveira. The breeder should have a license, but that doesn’t mean they are good or reliable. Check out their references and reach out to people that have bought dogs from that breeder to get feedback.

If you’re adopting from a shelter, research its history and pay attention to how clean it is. Because of the high volume of animals at shelters, there’s a likelihood more may get sick. Also look into the shelter’s vaccination protocol – look for places that give dogs their vaccines as they come in and not just after they are adopted. This way, the dog will be protected during its stay at the shelter.

If you are adopting from a foster or rescue group, you will have a better idea of the dog’s personality and medical history because foster groups tend to spend more time with the animals.

Avoid buying from stores, as many of these dogs come from puppy mills where dogs may be neglected and bred irresponsibly, according to Oliveira.

4) What to look for:

A dog’s nose should be cool and moist; frequent sneezing or nasal discharge could be a sign of poor health, according to WebMD. The gums should be pink, the ears should be clean and the dog should be alert and playful. A dog that seems lethargic or depressed could have health issues.

5) Do a trial run:

Once you’ve found a puppy you like, the first thing you should do is take it to the vet. A vet can check for health problems that aren’t immediately apparent like parasites or a hernia.

After you’ve gotten the OK from a vet, take your puppy for a test drive. Reliable breeders and foster networks will give new owners a couple of weeks to test out a new pet, giving it time to get used to a new environment. Reputable breeders will guarantee up to a few months without diseases.

6) What’s next:

Keep up with regular visits to the vet. Make sure your new pet is up to date with vaccine and booster shots.

Getting pet insurance for a new puppy could also be a good idea, whether or not a dog has breed-related health issues. If a dog swallows a toy, for example, it could require an expensive procedure to remove it.

And finally, make sure your dog gets the right food, enough water and plenty of exercise.


We love your input or comments so let us know below



8 thoughts on “Tips to Finding the Right Dog

  1. Lia Coman says:

    Hey!, first time reader here. I very much enjoyed your postpage. I found it to be very useful. Keep up the great job! I’ll be sure to share with my friends

  2. led says:

    Wow, superb weblog format! How lengthy have you been running
    a blog for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your web
    site is magnificent, let alone the content!

  3. Luke Smith says:

    I loved what you had to say about checking for references and reaching out to people that have bought dogs from a breeder before assuming that they’re reputable. I always feel like getting a stamp of approval from someone you trust makes it much easier to have confidence in the source you’re buying from. You could probably prepare some questions to ask the breeder as well, since a good one would care deeply about their breed and have a lot of good things to tell you.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *