GUIDE TO BUYING Fox Terrier
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.
Dogs in general are very
demanding, so if you
are not prepared to make a
commitment perhaps you should consider some other less demanding animal.
Fox Terriers have an average life span of between 14 and 14 years; in which time you will have invested a fair amount of time, energy and money.
Who will be responsible for the care and training?
Will this be undertaken by all members of the family or just left to one person.
Is this person young or old; will they need help with feeding and training?
There are several books available
to help with the care
and training of your
which can be obtained
from most libraries.
Before deciding on a puppy consider the following points.
See both the sire and dam of the puppy and if possible the grandparents, also
older siblings of the puppy.
Is the environment in which the puppies are being reared clean, and do the puppies look healthy?
Would the breeder be willing to offer help and advice should problems ariselater with the puppy?
Does the breeder raise the type of Fox Terrier you would like and in a manner, which appears to be caring and conscientious?
If you find after acquiring your puppy that it is unsuitable for whatever reason to your requirements would the breeder take the puppy back.
Ask the breeder about vaccinations and worming. Are there any known health concerns in this bloodline?
Has the puppy been seen by a veterinarian and given a clean bill of health?
Would it be sensible to have a dog neutered and a bitch spayed - find out the cost of performing these operations? As they can be expensive especially
Look around before buying.
Only buy from a breeder who you consider reliable and ethical and raises puppies in a healthy environment, as only then can you be sure of the genetic
health behind the puppy.
Tell the breeder what you expect/hoping to achieve with the puppy. What your lifestyle is like and anything else you think the breeder should know. Often the breeder will want to quiz you on your suitability as the owner of one of their
Fox Terriers; most breeders want to make sure that their puppies are being placed in an environment that suits the puppy.
Choosing your puppy.
It has been said that `the puppy for you will find you' but this is not necessarily the case.
Go to see the litter on two separate
occasions if possible.
As the puppy
that seems lethargic may have been playing and is now ready for a nap and the litter mates who are full of life have just woken from theirs.
A good breeder knows their puppies and may be-able to make a suggestion as to which puppy would suit your lifestyle.
Keep in contact with the breeder.
Caring breeders are always interested to hear about their puppies, and should be the first to know if you encounter any problems. Breeders provide a good source of information on health care, diet and training.
Owning a dog is a commitment. So should you find yourself unable to continue this commitment, please do not abandon your dog to just any
rescue service, instead contact the breeder who will do their best to help find your Fox Terrier a new home.