HELP! Things I need to know before buying a new pup

PHANR

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I'm planning to buy a Shih Tzu from Kijiji/Craiglist. This is my first time buying a dog and I'm not sure what I need to know. I would like to get some help on what I need to know before buying a dog.

I know that the dog should be dewormed, vet checked, and vaccinated. However, what should I be looking for on their medical record? How many times should they have been dewormed?What should they be vaccinated for?

What kind of questions should I be asking the seller?

I've done some research on my own, but I feel that it would be better to get some inputs from all the fellow dog owners here! =)
 

Cindi

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First thing you should know is it's a bad idea to buy a dog from craig's list. The best place to get a dog is from a shelter. There are plenty of purebred dogs of every breed there. If you can't find what you want at a shelter the next step is a reputable breeder. Those are the only places I would ever get a dog. Next I would get a book about the breed of dog I was looking to adopt to make sure he/she will fit in with your lifestyle. Don't jump into this decision. This is a dog you will probably have for 10+ years. You want it to be the right choice.
 
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I wholeheartedly agree with Cindi. There are several listings on Petfinder.com just in my state alone with purebred Shih Tzu's available for adoption. Many animal rescues include all the vetting in the adoption fee. They can also give you a good description of the dog's personality since the dogs live with foster families. Some shelters/rescues will also allow out of state/area adoptions and will offer transport options. Please consider a shelter/rescue dog. You will save a life.
 

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ITA, adopt from a shelter, you will probably be saving a life. Young, old, Big, small, pedigree or mix, you will find every kind of dog in a shelter. And if not a shelter go to a rescue centre that specialises in the breed.

People think that animals are put in shelters for a reason, they are - terrible owners.
 

kwealzliy

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First thing you should know is it's a bad idea to buy a dog from craig's list. The best place to get a dog is from a shelter. There are plenty of purebred dogs of every breed there. If you can't find what you want at a shelter the next step is a reputable breeder. Those are the only places I would ever get a dog. Next I would get a book about the breed of dog I was looking to adopt to make sure he/she will fit in with your lifestyle. Don't jump into this decision. This is a dog you will probably have for 10+ years. You want it to be the right choice.

I disagree. My dog, who I've had for years since he was 2 months old was from Craigslist. Craigslist is just like a shelter website for dogs and if not dogs, other animals. These dogs need homes too or else theyre put into shelters. People use craigslist as a place to give other great people a chance to take their pets into a good and loving home.

This is my dog:


I found this awesome dude via craigslist on a whim. He was $100.00 I picked him up in D.C. from his previous owner because she could not care for him anymore. I got him all his needed shots as he missed his first shots and had not been vaccinated or dewormed. If I remember properly, I took him to get his distemper vaccine (1 out of 2) and a DHP shot, got him dewormed and his rabies shot when he was 6 months. He is the best dog ever and not to mention very healthy. Don't forget that you can always use google as a reference, just make sure that it is a reputable site or you can simply just call a vet and take him and the dr. should know what shots he/she needs based on age and previous medical history you got from the previous owner.

I think that if you're looking for a dog, definitely check out craigslist AND shelters. Dogs on craigslist are looking for homes too. But of course, not all people on craigslist are honest and good people, so be sure to check if the owner is reputable, ask lots of questions about the dog, and ask for pictures by talking through e-mail and just follow your gut. Owners that are giving away pets also often ask for a rehoming fee which is around 50-100 just like an adoption fee. I hope you find the perfect dog for you and your family :smile: It's the holidays I'm sure lots of wonderful dogs that are looking for a new loving family.

If you have any other questions feel free to PM :biggrin:
 

Cindi

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^ Your dog is adorable! You got very lucky. I'm sure there are a LOT of wonderful people that put their pets on Craigslist for adoption. The problem is you never really know for sure what you are getting. With a rescue they know the dog and his/her health records are available. Also a rescue is going to tell you the truth about any problems. They don't want you to return him. An owner that is desperate to rehome his pet might not give you all the info. Just be careful and take your time making the decision, wherever you decide to adopt from.
 

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As has been said already, I would be wary of Craig's List for a dog. While there are certainly good stories of people who needed to rehome a dog, why is yours being sold there. Is this a breeder? A reputable breeder would probably come up on google or likely have their own website. Can you speak to other people who this breeder has sold to?

Find a book or a forum for the breed. Are Shih Tzu predisposed to any medical conditions?

My boxer has symptoms of a heart disease that can be hereditary, and does strike her breed. There are tests that a good breeder would run before they breed, and I suspect mine did not. While any dog can get sick at any time, in the future, I would not get a boxer if I didn't know that these tests had been run.

As far as vaccines, it depends on how old the dog is. Do you know of a local vet you want to use? You can check with them before you get the dog, and make an appointment to to get it checked as soon as you get it.
 
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If you are dead set on having a purebread, Craigslist is not the place I would be looking for a dog. You should be looking for reputable breeders in your area. Just because someone on Craigslist says it's a purebread, does not mean it is. What you should be looking for also depends on how old the dog is that you want. Puppies have different needs than adult dogs.

That said I also agree with people who have mentioned adopting from a shelter, though I understand not everyone prefers to do that.