HI everyone, I was wondering if someone can recommend where to look for a reputable breeder of small dogs. I have tried the shelters, and rescue places. I need a small lap dog for an elderly person. preferably one under eight pounds. Any suggestions on what type? and where to look? and how do I know they are not scammers? Thank you
Since you dont care about papers, quality or pedigree, you can just get the local paper and open the classified section for your friendly neighborhood breeder and got one from there.
Buying a "good" dog is a crap shoot, no matter where you get it from. At least from a local breeder, you can see what you are getting before you pay. you can see the parents for approximation of its adult size and temperament, the environment which it was raised and the type of people who raised it.
If you are worried about getting scammed, this is the best way to cut down on the odds of getting ripped off.
If I seem to have a superiority complex, it is because you make it so easy.
Might I suggest that if you are getting this dog for an "elderly" person...a puppy is probably not the best way to go. Depending on this person's health, will he/she be able to keep up with potty training? Exercise demands? And just teaching a pup basic commands?
I would suggest you go to a shelter and find a middle aged/senior dog that will be calmer, be house-trained, and not have all the energy that a puppy will have. That would be a win-win situation. An unwanted dog will find a good home, and a senior citizen will have a devoted companion.
I noticed you said you already tried shelters...be patient-the right dog will come along. Have you looked at petfinder?
The bigger question, is if you purchase a puppy, and it gets bigger then 8lbs, what will you do? even a reputable breeder will not usually guarentee size. We can only guess what mother nature is going to do.
I have to agree, and I don't think a young dog or puppy is the right way to go. Petfinders is a wonderful site, and you could probably find somthing small there. Local papers, craigslist, ect. are also good places to look for a companion.
I agree with the first response, look in the newspapers, or online. You could get a book on toy size dogs and see if you have interest in any of them. I have even seen people who have put up small posters on the doors of petsmart or petco titled, "Looking for a puppy!". If you keep looking, you'll find the right pup.
I agree, no reputable breeder breeds mix's. Stick with your local shelter and rescue groups. The internet adds and newspaper are poor choices as most are puppymillers or dog brokers advertising with only money as the main interest. Not yours or the dogs. My Belgain Malinois is from rescue and there is nothing wrong with her. Good luck!
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I agree that you should stick with the shelter/rescue approach. I don't think you neccessarily have to avoid a puppy. It just depends on how much the elderly person can handle and how much help they have. Six months before she passed away, my grandmother adopted a puppy from our local shelter. (The same place my Maltese and my mother's Schnauzer mix came from.) We actually went to see a Schnauzer, but Grandmother fell for Simon. He was and still is quite small. He and his sister were in a kennel with a medium size spitz type dog and a small poorly bred Cocker Spaniel. According to the shelter staff, those were his parents. My Grandmother was in reletively good shape and she had plenty of help, so bringing home a puppy wasn't a terrible idea. (Simon was quite a little stinker at times.)
I think it's important to plan ahead when an elderly person gets a dog. Who will care for the dog if the owner is hospitalized, has to move to a nursing home or passes away? Simon lives with my Aunt now. Everyone was willing to take him, but they were/are able to give him more one on one attention. My aunt recently told me that everytime she talks to any of the family, the first question is "How is Simon doing?"