How to choose a puppy

After you’ve settled on a particular dog breed and have decided where you want to adopt your new pet, it’s time to find the perfect puppy for you. There are various theories on choosing a puppy, from grabbing the first one you see to spending hours administering the puppy aptitude test to every puppy in a litter. Whether you go by the numbers or prefer to let chance play a role in your decision, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

Above all else, you want to choose a puppy that’s healthy and that you have a rapport with. Here are some things you should look for when inspecting puppies from a litter:

If at all possible, spend a little time with the puppy’s parents and see how they react to you and your family. If you’re not happy with the dam (mother) or sire (father), you shouldn’t adopt their puppies. Look at the other puppies in the litter to gauge their overall temperament and make sure they’re uniform in activity and personality. This is a sign of good breeding. However, your final decision should be based on one-on-one time with the puppy, not with the entire puppy pack. This is the only way you’ll know for sure how the puppy will interact with you.

If you’re looking to adopt a pet from a dog rescue shelter there are additional questions you should ask to make sure you’re getting a puppy that’s healthy.

Choosing a puppy from a litter takes time. Don’t be afraid to walk away and keep looking if you’re not completely comfortable. With careful consideration, you should find a happy, healthy puppy that’s perfect for you.