A pet as a present is a very, very, VERY bad idea. Acquiring a pet is a very personal thing- your neice should be involved in every step of the matter (as should her parents). NO decent breeder would be willing to sell you a dog as a gift.
Consider giving your neice (with her parents' permission!) some dog things- a book, bowl, leash, toys- and a homemade gift certificate to HELP her purchase her own dog (the only safe place to find a mixed breed is through a shelter or rescue, anyway).
But PLEASE think this through carefully. Should a 16 year old REALLY be getting a puppy- with a lifespan of 15 years? This is probably the worst time in her life to think about getting her a puppy- and my money would be on "The dog will suffer for it".
I got my cat as a birthday gift from my mom on my 17th b-day. So it really depends on the person on weather or not a pet is a good b-day gift. I personally was prepard, I had been wanting a cat for yrs and had done research and everything, but of course not everyone does that. So most of the time yeah, pets are bad gift ideas.
thank you for all the relies my daughter works at a dog kennel for 4 years now and she knows the responisblitiy of owning a dog it has been a request of her for many years but wanted to wait till she was old enough to really care for a pup, she has the experience now, i wouldnt get her something iknow she couldnt handle.
This is a gift for her daughter, not niece. I think it does make a difference. Giving a child that is not your own a dog as a gift is most of the time, a bad idea. But since this is her daughter and the dog would be coming into her home, I see no problem. I just hope the poster is aware of the dog's life span (i think its what--12-14 yrs?) so if her daughter goes to college 2 years from now she will not be allowed a dog in the dorms, so she should consider if she wants the dog staying home if her daughter leaves for college or moves into an apt. that does not allow animals.
thanks acey for clearing that up..:) i am well aware of the lifespan of a dog i have 2 cocker spaniels and love them to death and i am willing to take care of her dog if needed, but if i know my daughter she will find a way to have her dog with her at all times. thanks again for all the advice
Woah- where the heck did I get neice? Yes- it's much different now.
BUT- my advice still stands. SHE needs to pick her dog- not YOU.
Please do some research on designer breeds, as well. It's going to be a HUGE challenge to find a responsibly bred Pug/Beagle mix- as that's something just not done by the responsible breeders. They're also a bit of a "fad" right now- which would concern me due to the longevity of a dog's life.
And although SOME teens would do okay with a pet of their own- you WILL be putting a HUGE burden on her at a very young age. In the next 10 years she'll be in school, working, meeting new people, traveling- her funds will be limited and her time will be crunched! Be aware that any dog you buy for her now- may VERY well end up back with you.
Lealp, I see no reason not to give your daughter a puppy/dog for her 16th birthday. Who knows your daughter better than you do? It sounds like to me that you are totally prepared to take on the responsibility if need be. I would have been more than willing and able to take care of a dog when I was 16, but my mother would not let me have one. The only reason was that she just didn't like dogs. We have members here on TP that are younger than your daughter that I believe to be very responsible pet owners. Allie, Shadow and Hector just to name a few. Good luck in finding the dog you want for your daughter.
Well, how I got Duke was from a predicament like this...
Cousin got a dog. Cousin went to college 2 hours away. Dog can't live in dorms. Cousin gets apartment. Dog chews up everything in apartment. Dog goes to live with parents. Dog shreds up everything in house. I get dog to train. Dog lives with me now. The end!
So I suggest not getting a dog for her as of now... but maybe she can handle it. I'd talk to her, do a LOT of research, and let her know how much of a responsibility this is.
***Edited By: Allie on 4/20/2005 4:47:40 PM*** Reason: Addition
the only place i know of here on the east coast that breeds and sells puggles is jacks dog farm ( or something like that ) in pennsylvania. but that place is as the name suggests.....a puppy farm. not the best place to buy a puppy from as their only concern is pumping out puppies to makemoney. unfortunately with the mix you have chosen that is pretty much the type of breeders you are oging to find. those that a re filling the demand for " the latest craze" in dogs.
it sounds like your daughter is responsible enough to handle a dog of her own and as long as you are willing to take on the responsibility of said dog when she goes to college, and possibly caring for it for the duration of its life if your daughter cannot find a place to live that accepts dogs then i see nothing wrong with getting her a dog. for me.......there is no better present in the entire world as a puppy or kitten. always at the top of my list of things i want ;)
it sounds like you will be there to help with the dog. just let her be the one to pick her puppy. if she gets a puppy as a sight unseen gift ,theres a chance that she might not be happy with your selection and feel she has to 'act happy' for your sake. in the end the puppy will suffer. if she is the one to pick her own puppy , she will be satisfied that she got the dog she wanted and will form a stronger bond with it and both of them will be happier.
Have you checked the animal shelters and dog rescues along the East Coast? So many people are breeding this mix of dogs and many end up unwanted. I'd check with all the shelters, let them know what you are looking for and perhaps they can call you when one comes in.
Also, check with your local vets, who knows better about a new litter of puppies or a dog needing a home, than the vet? They are the ones that take care of the dogs, so they talk with owners first hand. Sometimes people rely on their vets to help them find a new home for their dogs.
Just curious, why did you choose a puggle mix and not a purebred pug or beagle dog?