Christmas is a hectic time as it is. Family is around, food is everywhere, gifts are on the floor (very inviting for puppies to get into), and New Years is just around the corner. Adding a puppy into the mix is unnecessary.
If you want to get a dog, pick a time when you know the whole family will have lots of free time to spend with it and to train it. (If you have kids, the summer is a good time because they will be home and able to help take care of it - plus, it will be warm when you have to take it out in the middle of the night instead of freezing cold January!)
Moreover, I think a puppy as a gift is a BAD idea. It is not a toy, it is a living being. I think objectifying the puppy as a gift (especially for kids) starts things off on the wrong foot. It should be a thoughtful and considered decision to get a dog. (I remember when I was 10 I had to write up a presentation for my parents on why I wanted a dog, what research I had done about the breed I wanted and what I would have to do to take care of it. I also had to sign a contract with my parents saying I would take care of it - well...as much as a 10 year old can do;) - In any case, this exercise really instilled the importance of the responsibility I was taking on by getting a puppy).
If you are set on getting a puppy for a present, why don't you have the person open a box that contains a leash/toys etc. That way they can have the excitement at the time...and even more excitement helping to pick out the puppy. More importantly, the puppy won't have to deal with the stress of the holidays (think of how stressful it is in general), and you won't have to worry about the puppy getting lost in the shuffle during the busy season.
Puppy as a gift may be a bad idea if the person receiving it doesnít know about it and had no part in the selection of the pup, but I see nothing wrong with getting a dog as "gift" for the whole family on Christmas. You donít acutely have to have the dog under the tree though. you can just put a leash, a collar and some puppy toys in a box with a picture of the pup, and watch the kids' faces when they open it and it suddenly hit them that they are about to get a pup. Then you go out as a family and pick out a pup. That is the best way to do it in my opinion. It gives everyone time to adjust to the idea of a pup and prepare for it.
It depends on who you are giving it to. I would not give one to someone who had no clue and never mentioned wanting one. It's a living thing..not just a Christmas present. It's a really bad idea if the person didn't want a pet. I just got a puppy that I am considering my early Christmas present because I would have never thought my husband would let me get her in a million years! I love her so much.
Guess everyone is entitled to their opinion. I remember getting a puppy for Christmas growing up (mix) and that was the best present ever. The best Christmas ever. If I wanted to add another dog (which I don't) I wouldn't have a problem with it.
Riley, same thing here! The new puppy (once I find/get one) will be a big 21st birthday present to me! And of course helped by the Mister Tax Return!
Ok ok.. so it's kinda for Kiba too... but I'm not sharing!
But yeah... I see the problem giving a puppy to a kid for Christmas... just not ON Christmas. Everyone is all riled up as it is and the puppy has just left it's littermates and mum... that alone you should give it some down time. Then having people want to hold em and pet em... No. Too much for a puppy.
In general, I think that dogs as gifts are a bad idea.
In actual life, I think that there are certain people and certain times where a puppy at Christmas may not be a bad idea.
As a BREEDER, there would be very few instances in which I would allow a puppy to go to its new home during the holidays. The only exceptions would be puppies who are going to other breeder friends, or other experienced dog homes, who I could be sure would make the sacrifices necessary to make the adjustment period as easy as possible for the puppy.
This is generally a time that is too busy and to hectic to consider adding the additional hubbub and work associated with a new puppy.
What about the fact that most people have time off of school and work around Christmas, so they have more time to spend and bond with it before going back to their normal routines. If it has just left mom it needs more time to get to know the family. Don't want a puppy for Christmas, don't get one. Want one, get one.
I think it depends on who the gift is for. My parents got my brothers and I a cocker spaniel pup for Valentines Day. Bojangles was born on Christmas Eve and my parents "went out on a date" on Valentines Day, but soon returned home with Bojangles. That was a cool gift. We all wanted a dog since our last one had died, but we were not expecting it at all. He made a very cool gift. Of course we were little, so at first we all fought over who "got" to feed him and pick up dog poop, but eventually dad ended up doing it. But still, the dog was loved and never made its way to the pound.
But, to buy a dog for someone else that you don't live with is generally a bad idea, just because one of the owners at least should have some say in choosing it.
a gift ?........NOT ! when i was about 13, i wanted a kitten soooo bad. my mom took me into her bedroom on christmas eve and showed me two of the cutest little kitties and told me to pick which one i wanted first and the other would be a gift for my 9 year old sister. i was the only child out of five kids that had a great love for animals. just like my dad. my sister was all smiles and laughs when she got her kitty. that lasted about a week, if even that. then she refused to have much to do with it. my mom was going to take her to the pound, so i agreed to care for her along with mine. me and my dad were the only ones that they would come to and the only ones that showed them love. i was so hateful to my sister until i realized that it really wasnt her fault. it was a gift that she hadnt even really wanted. a new pet should be something the entire family gets together on. dont ever leave it up to a child . when the newness wears off the parents must be willing to step up and take over the responsibility that comes along with pet ownership. they must also be willing to give the pet love and attention.