Owning a German Shorthaired Pointer : Breeder Recommendations
If you are thinking about getting a German Shorthaired Pointer as a family pet, an outdoor companion or as a hunting dog, the best place to start is with good information.
We recommend finding out all you can about this excellent breed by reading, asking other owners, and by visiting breeders.
It would be extremely important for you to visit at least three reputable breeders so that you can compare how the dogs are treated, learn about feeding, and the way in which the breeder has socialized the young puppies.
Things to Know Before Getting a German Shorthaired Pointer
This intelligent and likable breed does best with a family that spends regular time outdoors, especially in the open field or in activity such as hiking and camping. The German Shorthaired Pointer was bred specifically to be a working dog, joining hunters in the field, and pointing out game for them.
With this in mind, it would be best to buy from a knowledgeable breeder who can offer puppies from very healthy parents while also providing the young dogs with socialization.
Be prepared to ask questions of each breeder you visit so that you will fully understand the good and not so good points of this excellent animal. You could buy from a retail pet store or an individual that is not a professional breeder, but by doing so, you may not get all the information needed about your puppy and its bloodline.
Instead, a good breeder would be open with responses to any of your questions, in addition to answering questions you might have pertaining to health, feeding, grooming, and training.
Take your time while visiting breeders and ask to see both parents of the dog you are considering. Do not be tempted to choose the first puppy that seems attracted to you because you may miss the right one behind. In addition, try to look at the overall temperament of the litter, looking to see if all the puppies are happy and energetic. Once you are satisfied with the entire litter, you could then narrow your choices to just one puppy down.
A good breeder should spend a lot of time in the first weeks of a puppy’s life making sure that they get the proper diet. Additionally, the breeder should play with the puppies and help them become comfortable around humans.
A good breeder should be able to answer your questions about screening for a condition called hip dysplasia, eye conditions, and other medical situations known to affect a German Shorthaired Pointer. Remember, some of these health risks can be detected early and headed off with a test before you buy the puppy.
It is always a good idea to anticipate problems and try to address them before they occur, especially when buying a purebred dog. We would recommend that you ask about guarantees such as replacement if the dog gets seriously ill soon after purchase.
For instance, if the puppy dies within a time specified on a contract with the breeder, would you receive a refund or be offered a replacement puppy of your choosing. Taking a little extra time to look at puppies and gaining, as much information beforehand is key to going home with the best puppy for you.
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