How to pick the right puppy:
Let’s go over some important things you will need to know first to help you select your puppy:
In a well-bred litter from a responsible breeder, please don't worry about getting the last-pick puppy. Each and every puppy in our litters will receive all of the necessary care and attention that they need in order to grow up into happy, secure adults. Sometimes the last pick puppy is "pick of the litter" as far as we are concerned.
Within a litter you will find puppies that are more or less confident with more or less energy. Just as you wouldn't expect all your children to be cookie-cutter replicas of each other, don't expect this from puppies either.
If you are indecisive or having trouble selecting your pup or find it all confusing, we will sense this and begin to help you weed out some of the pups. Sometimes it's little things you may not like the color, size, coat length or something cosmetic. If you like two puppies and all else is equal except for the markings - then feel free to go ahead and pick the one you like the looks of best!
Some pretty good guidelines to go by:
If you have small children (less than 5 years old), pick a middle-of-the-road puppy. Putting a dominant or active puppy with small children that he can easily intimidate is only asking for problems later. A very mellow, soft or insecure puppy might not be able to take the abuse even the most well-behaved children can dish out.
If your children are older or more active, go for a confident, out-going or middle-of-the-road puppy with lower dominant behaviors. (Dominance and activity level are not the same thing).
If you have never had a dog before, again go for the middle-of-the-road puppy or a softer puppy if you don't have children. A less dominant personality in the puppy will make it easier for you to take control from the start.
If you are a die-hard, terrier lover, dog savvy and active, you will do best with a more confident, outgoing, intelligent puppy. Those of you that are nodding your head and smiling right now - You have had dogs like this... and you prefer them this way. I happen to think they make the most wonderful adult dogs once they hit maturity (10-12 months of age). ...But then I am an experienced dog person like you. As well, if you are an experienced terrier person, you and I already speak the same language and in 10 words or less, you will be able to tell me exactly what you want and expect! ...And we will deliver.
If you have special needs, health issues or not too active - or simply in a more retired state of mind - You will do best with a middle-of-the-road to a slightly softer tempered pup. If you have an older child (over 5 years old) that fits this description, this is a great dog for them as well. If you or your child are confined to a wheelchair, or have other physical limitations, mentioning this fact is not required but it will help tremendously and we will go above and beyond for your family to help hand pick that special puppy. Remember you are not obligated to share these details - We just want to mention that we can help you select a pup that will take this special companion status more seriously.
If you have had dogs before, been successful in training them, and feel like you are open to just about anything that comes your way, then you are probably in the position of being able to pick any puppy from the litter.
Most of our pups go to live in a typical family or companion dog setting. However, we have placed puppies with people who have specific special needs or with those that were looking for a working, hunting, service or rescue dog. The more we know about your circumstances, the more info we will have to help you through this process.
Trust in this process. Know that we are educated in evaluating puppy temperaments and that we will do everything possible to stack the deck in your favor.
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