- Is the puppies fur soft and clean? Does it have a shiny coat? Avoid a puppy with patchy fur and sores. You will want a puppy that has a soft, moist noise, clear eyes and clean, pink ears. Ear that are dirty or foul smelling could be a sign of ear mites. Ear mites are treatable but it’s best to avoid them if possible. You want a puppy with healthy pink gums, check the gums out. Avoid a puppy that is wheezing or coughing.
- Observe the puppy’s surroundings. Are all the other dogs at the kennel clean? Do they scratch much? This could be a sign of fleas and low standards of a dog kennel. Is there any visible dog waste ? Check it out for worms and signs of diarrhea. You don’t want a puppy that has diarrhea. You can also check the dogs back quarters for signs of diarrhea.
- Find a puppy with a good temperament. A puppy that is friendly, licks you, sniffs you and comes up to you. You don’t want a puppy that is shy or terrified which can indicate a personality problem. On the other hand you don’t want a puppy that is overly aggressive. Clumsy puppies could indicate a health problem. The runt of the bunch, generally speaking it’s not the best selection.
- Know the breeders if you are adopting pure breed dog. Many breeders over work their dogs, mating them as often as possible. Buy from a reputable breeder who has love for the dogs, not just earning fast cash. If you happen to receive a sickly dog, a good dog breeder will refund your money or replace your puppy.