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Welcome to everything you need to know about puppies.

  • Choosing "the one"

    Selecting your puppy from the litter. When they all look absolutely irresistible, how do you avoid taking them all? More >

    Preparing for your puppy

    What do you need to do before you bring your puppy home? From ID tags to chew toys, bowls to baby gates, get prepared now… More >

    Puppy proofing your home

    Is your home safe for your new friend? Watch the video or read on to learn how to puppy proof his new home… More >

  • Preparing for the day you choose your puppy

    Some tough questions to help you decide on your puppy. The right puppy will make your life a joy. More >

    Thinking of breeding your dog?

    Your dog is the loveliest, cutest thing in the world and you’d love to see how his or her own puppies would turn out. But you’ll need to think about it seriously… More >

    Puppy proof your yard, shed and garage

    Check for these outdoor hazards: ponds, poisonous plants, pesticides, rubbish bags, anti-freeze, chemicals… More >

Choosing the one

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.

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