Buyers Checklist

A buyer’s checklist

You want to buy an Aussie that will be a wonderful companion for the next 12 to 15 years. By asking the right questions, you will be able to determine whether or not you are purchasing a dog who has the best chance of a long, healthy life and who has a good disposition. Here is a list of questions every person should ask before buying a puppy.

All of the questions below should receive a “Yes” response, and a responsible breeder will be very happy to answer these questions for you. If you receive negative responses, or if a breeder is unwilling to answer, look elsewhere for a puppy.

TEMPERAMENT

  • Has the puppy been well socialized and exposed to a variety of new experiences?
  • Is the puppy outgoing and friendly toward strangers?
  • Does the mother of the puppy have a friendly, confident personality?
  • Does the breeder of the puppy require him to stay with his littermates until 7 weeks old?
  • Has the breeder discussed with you the high activity level of an Aussie and their exercise needs to avoid destructive behavior?
  • Has the breeder discussed with you the strong herding instinct in Aussies and how that can result in heel nipping, pants leg biting, herding of children and chasing cars?

HEALTH

  • Was the puppy raised in a clean, safe environment? (Preferably in a home.)
  • Has the puppy received at least one “puppy shot”?
  • Has the puppy been de-wormed once or preferably twice?
  • Is the mother of the puppy at least 1-1/2 years of age?
  • Have both the sire and dam of the puppy had their hips x-rayed for hip dysplasia, and has documentation been provided to you?
  • Have both the sire and dam of the puppy had their eyes examined by a board-certified ophthalmologist to check for hereditary eye defects, and has documentation been provided to you?
  • Has the entire litter had its eyes examined for hereditary eye defects, and has documentation been provided to you?
  • Has the breeder discussed with you other potential health problems in the breed such as epilepsy, cancer and allergies?

CONTRACT

  • Have you been provided with a written contract which clearly states whether the puppy is of show/breeding quality or if it is required to be spayed or neutered?
  • Does the written contract guarantee the puppy or dog is free of debilitating hereditary defects including hip dysplasia and blindness?
  • Have you been provided with a written health record that describes shots and worming completed and any further shots, worming, and heartworm medicine that will be necessary after you take possession of the puppy?
  • Have you been provided with a 4 or 5 generation pedigree of the puppy?
  • Have you been provided with the registration certificate (or application) at the time you take possession of the puppy?
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