Selecting your puppy from the litter
The thing about puppies is that they all look absolutely irresistible. So how do you avoid taking them all?
First, if there’s one looking all forlorn in the corner, try not to be seduced by its imploring eyes. If there’s any puppy in the litter set for poor health and physique, that’ll be the one.
There may be one that somehow has something special, something that just melts your heart. All well and good, but please check him over thoroughly for:
- A generally robust look – not obviously fatter or thinner than the rest of the litter
- A sleek, shiny coat – with no red patches or sores
- Pink, clean smelling ears and gums – and no bad breath
- A clean and dry behind – with no signs of diarrhoea, discharge or irritation
Besides these physical indicators, think about personality as well. Confidence is always good. But if your children are already very boisterous, a highly excitable puppy could be one step too far. But if you’re hoping the puppy will give your family some exercise, a little liveliness is just what you’re looking for.