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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-23-2012, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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How to pick my pup?

I'm going to be picking up my new puppy in about three weeks ;D and wanted some advice on what to look for when picking him out. My breeder is giving us some choice in what puppy we pick but I don't want to get sucked into the cuteness of the first one I see! I have reserved a male and I'm more concerned with puppy temperament versus looks ( white spots are not an issue, they add character) any advice is welcomed.
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Re: How to pick my pup?

http://redbirddog.blogspot.com/2010/...nt-end-up.html

suggest you read the above post.

There is a lot that goes into getting the right pup and right owner together. If you have a good breeder, then he/she should do the match. The key word is GOOD. Unless you really know more than your breeder. And if that is the case, then you pick.

Read and understand the pedigree paperwork. Know the history of the dogs the pup comes out of. All the things a good breeder will do BEFORE they breed.

Enjoy your next 15 years together with the pup.

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Re: How to pick my pup?

If your breeder is quite knowledgeable and has been breeding vizslas for years, this is what I would do. Explain to them as honestly as you can lifestyle (kids/ work. If you have experience with the breed, what you plan to do with the pup. Your living situation, house with large yard/ apartment. The hours you will be spending per day with it. Then I would let the breeder show me the pups that they think would be the best fit and choose from them.
They have spent weeks with the litter and we only get a short amount of time to decide. The pup that looks the most relaxed may have been rough housing just before your arrival and its now tired.
Ive picked pups myself and have told breeders what I wanted in a pup and let them pick.
I had told the breeder I wanted the boldest female pup out of the litter and he sent me a video. I know I have it somewhere and will try and find it.


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We picked Mac because he followed me around. I know this is exactly the reverse of what they say you should do. I can't complain though. He is confident but submissive. We are happy. Good suggestions above.
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As RBD said, if you have a GOOD breeder they will do a much better job of choosing th right puppy for you. Appears as though you are committed to a breeder that is not capable or willing to do so.

Ask the breeder to conduct the Volard Puppy Aptitude Test.
http://www.volhard.com/pages/pat.php
Going from memory 5 weeks is the best age. Then match the test results to you, your family and your situation.

Takes the "cuteness factor" out and gives you a better chance of getting the right pup.

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As RBD said, if you have a GOOD breeder they will do a much better job of choosing th right puppy for you. Appears as though you are committed to a breeder that is not capable or willing to do so.
So far very happy with my breeder and he has a couple pups that he thinks will work very well for me based on our emails and conversations. What I am interested in is how to decide between the two or three pups that he has selected for me? I'm sure at that point I'll have to go with my gut
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So far very happy with my breeder and he has a couple pups that he thinks will work very well for me based on our emails and conversations. What I am interested in is how to decide between the two or three pups that he has selected for me? I'm sure at that point I'll have to go with my gut
You will know which pup is your best match when you go to pick. We told the breeder our lifestyle, future plans (children!), and what energy level we were looking for. She told us the exact personality of each puppy & helped guide us toward the right one. We "picked" her, but the breeder definitely had a lot of influence! I think the most important thing you need to decide is how much independence do you want your pup to have? We could clearly tell that Riley was much more clingy & "velcro" than some of the other pups.

Check out Riley & Cooper's blog: http://ltlor.blogspot.com/

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So far very happy with my breeder and he has a couple pups that he thinks will work very well for me based on our emails and conversations.
Have you been to the breeder's place and met the pup's mom and hopefully the sire?

This is manditory with the breeder Bailey has been used to sire before the person is even placed on the waiting list.

I'm not saying a red flag but caution would be in order. Excuse me if I sound paranoid.

http://redbirddog.blogspot.com/2011/...ard-breed.html

It's your choice of course of how to proceed. The more you know the better your chances for a healthy and happy Vizsla. That is what it is all about.

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Re: How to pick my pup?

Here's how we did it:

We watched a few shows by Cesar Milan, and Animal Planet Dogs101 on 'puppies'. We're not 'dog people' in the sense we don't choose for show-worthiness. I used intuition, backed with whatever knowledge I could find...in the end, though, I looked at each pup and watched how they connected with me. I 'read them'.

We watched the three closely and chose the lowest-energy dog of the three. Our pup wasn't timid, but she showed contentment when left alone. She showed a strong willingness to love on us.

We met our pup's mom and sire - both were astonishingly peaceful and had a grace about them. When we picked up the pup yesterday, we got the lineage of both mom and sire. That sorta stuff doesn't mean a ton to me, except to show a history of genetic 'goodness' (as declared by judges at various events).

For us, though, meeting Maggie (our pup's momma) sealed the deal.

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So far very happy with my breeder and he has a couple pups that he thinks will work very well for me based on our emails and conversations.
Have you been to the breeder's place and met the pup's mom and hopefully the sire?

This is manditory with the breeder Bailey has been used to sire before the person is even placed on the waiting list.

I'm not saying a red flag but caution would be in order. Excuse me if I sound paranoid.
Unfortunatly logistically I am unable to get to the breeder before pick up, I was more than welcome to visit but it's just too far. My breeder has emailed me the pedigree info on both parents and I feel very comfortable with my choice in breeders.
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