Kitty Hawk police are offering up some tips on making sure folks don’t get duped when adding a purebred furry family member to their pack.
“Some people believe buying a dog from a breeder is a guarantee of quality and health,” the police department said in a news release.
Purchasing a puppy is always a lottery, but a breeder should offer information on the puppy’s parents and their lines, both regarding health, looks and temperament.
Pet stores and other sellers may accept a breeder’s statement that a puppy is a specific breed. Many times, the store will give the same information to the potential buyer.
Tips to help find that perfect purebred dog:
- To determine if a dog is a recognized purebred, request the registration documents from a dog registry organization such as the American Kennel Club, Canine Kennel Club or the Continental Kennel Club.
- For a non-recognized breed, such as a designer breed, get a second opinion from an expert.
- Meet the seller and dog in person wherever the animal is being housed and ask for medical records before signing a contract or paying.
And remember, the Outer Banks SPCA and other rescue groups are overflowing with wonderful dogs in need of homes.