Making the choice to add some German Shepherd puppies to your household can be very exciting, but also very stressful. It is of the utmost importance that you make sure the puppies you choose are healthy to avoid some future problems.
To make everything just a bit more bearable, here is a list of 5 things to look out for when getting a new German Shepherd puppy.
Things To Look Out For When Choosing Between German Shepherd Puppies
Choosing a new German Shepherd puppy for your family is not something that should be rushed. It takes time to find a responsible breeder and a puppy that Suit your household. Here are 5 things to consider when choosing a German Shepherd puppy:
1. Find A Responsible German Shepherd Breeder
Finding a responsible breeder is not always as easy as it seems. The best way to go about this problem is to look in breed registries like those of the American Kennel Club (AKC). You can also ask for references from owners of previous litters.
2. Meet The Parents
German Shepherd puppies inherit many characteristics and personality traits from their parents. By meeting the parents you can evaluate health, temperament, and overall behavior. This will help you to predict what your puppy will be like as an adult.
3. Ask For Health Screenings For The Parents
Responsible breeders test their breeding animals for hereditary conditions. They make sure to only breed with the healthiest stock. These results can be found on the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA’s) website.
4. Choose German Shephard Puppies That Look Healthy
Healthy puppies should have clear eyes, glossy coats, and boundless energy. The living conditions of these pups should be clean with fresh water and food readily available.
5. Ask For Vaccination Records
Puppies need to be vaccinated at around 6 weeks old and only leave the parents at around 8 weeks old. This means puppies from reputable breeders usually come with their first vaccination done.
I’m Rita and I’m crazy about animals. I’ve been lucky enough to have had all sorts of pets throughout my life. This, along with my years of experience working as a professional dog trainer, has given me the opportunity to learn a lot about their care and behavior. I have several animal-related qualifications including dog training, equine science, and nature guiding. I live in sunny South Africa, where you can find me out walking my dog or caring for my rabbits when I’m not working.