YOU WANT A DOG
To make the decision to acquire a dog is an act which must be
considered because it will condition about fifteen years,
for you and your family.
It will bring to you certainly much of satisfactions and love
but also certain constraints which one should not neglect before the
You chose the breed? These pages had to help you. Now, a
male or a female? All depends... If you do not have other dogs, to
tell the truth this is not important because there is
not a difference in character between the two sexes. If there is
a first dog at home, you will be perhaps tempted to form a
couple. Why not? But there will be precautions to take during the
heats of the bitch. If not, your home will be invaded soon by puppies!
Another solution is to choose a contraception, but if it is
not final (sterilization or castration), it is risky to make it
practise on a female throughout its life.
If your goal is not the reproduction, best is certainly to
have only males or females. As for the
so-called problem of the males which would urinate everywhere in the
house, it is a legend because educated dogs with cleanliness
do not have any reason to relieve themselves inside. If there is no
female at home, it is an additional reason to reassure you!
Still two small arguments, but which have their importance:
if you want to make shows with your dog, the male will be always
available, the female could not be presented to certain dates; as for
the purchase prices, the female is generally more expensive than the
It is sold in France at least
600 000 dogs per annum. Between 40 and 50 % of them are sold apart
from the legal trade-circuit. The parallel market would thus gain
at least 960 million francs per annum.
They are the professional breeders who sell to the private individuals or to the
retailers; and of the retailers who thus buy to the breeders the
pups to resell them in their stores.
There are those which one could call the " false
breeders ", having few females and often one male with regular
papers. They buy pups abroad and pass them in fraud to France. These
pups are then declared downward of the couples had and sold generally
without the tax department being informed. And then there are the
traffickers. These pass in fraud the pups often bought
on the markets of Belgium and Holland, and more recently in the
Eastern European countries, and resell them in France without any
WHERE AND HOW TO BUY A
Fairs and dogs markets develop more and more. It is a new form of sale, gathering
breeders and private individuals.
The breeders profit from it for better
making known their breeds, while requesting
reservations on the future births.
If they propose sometimes very good quality puppies, most of
the time they are less typified pups, at better price, or having some
defect. Clearly announced, the transaction will have only advantages:
for the breeder, the purchaser and the animal which will become
a nice pet, whose Masters will be very proud, but
which will certainly not have a pedigree.
But, all are not so honest and the unhappy purchaser will
discover a few months later than its superb future champion is only
a charming dog, sometimes very far away from the standard of its breed. All that one can wish it,
it is to be accepted and liked for what it is... As for the
private individuals, mistrust also...
These occasional salesmen can
prove to be in fact of the retailers who “cheat” with impunity, or
the false amateurs who try to sell pups without papers, and so on. In
fact, there are the best and the worst.
The stores of animals are not always held by decent people.
However, the worst public image of these tradesmen does not prevent
these stores from multiplying everywhere in France, even in the form
of hypermarkets. Alas, the owners of kennels are not always friends
of the animals...
Their only objective is to run out quickly, and
expensive, their " goods ".
Surest is the breeder . Thus, one is likely more to buy a pup having had rich
Better is worth to take the maximum of precautions before buying a pup
in a breeding because, it is not a secrecy
for anybody, there is the honest breeder and also the
THE CHOICE FOR A PUP
When you decide for a breeding and that puppies
will be presented to you, the sharpest pup will be certainly the more
player, with the best
It must have the brilliant eyes, its skin must be elastic, dry and tepid,
its muscular body, its tepid truffle... In the contrary case, if you have a quite pity, you can engage with many
The bad habits being caught in the first months, a serious
breeder will have inculcated the first principles of education in
his pups, the work will thus be facilitated to you if you choose a
four month old animal and more, of course if the living conditions which
it had in the breeding are compatible with those which you will
offer to him. If not, take a pup of two or three months,
but not more young.
The breeder must give you some documents, in major part obligatory. You do not engage
without to have checked that the sale will be completely legal: the
tattooing card, the notebook of vaccinations, the certificate of
sale, the certificate of birth.