Look for a reputable breeder when selecting your Airedale puppy. If possible, visit the home of your potential puppy. Remember that the first 8 weeks of any puppy’s life are very important. A great companion/show dog begins at birth.
Make a list of questions before talking to or visiting the breeder. Observe the puppy’s environment.
- How do the puppies react to the breeders?
- How do they react to you?
- Is their area clean?
- Have its parents have been checked for dysplasia?
- Has there been a family history of allergies?
- Have the puppies been around children?
- Have they been around cats?
- Will the breeder be available to answer questions in the future?
- Does the breeder offer a contract? It is virtually impossible for a breeder to guarantee that the health of any animal, but the breeder should be willing to take the animal back and replace it! Responsible breeders will often require that the animal be returned to them if, for any reason, you are unable to keep the animal. This ensures that the animal will be cared for in the future.
- What vaccines have been given?
- Have the puppies been wormed? Various areas need various levels of worming, due to climates.
These are just examples of some of the questions that you should ask.
If possible, go look at several litters and talk to several breeders. Remember that you are selecting a companion for many years to come, so take your time, make sure that you are choosing not only a compatible breed but also a compatible animal and breeder!! Expect a lot of questions from your breeder. He/she is also selecting a companion for an animal into which many hours of love, thought and energy have been invested.
When you pick up your puppy, your breeder can tell you the puppy’s schedule, a brand of food and can recommend a future diet. Then you can gradually change the diet to suit your preferences. Remember that sudden changes in diet can severely disrupt the puppy’s digestive system and cause gastric distress. The Airedale can eat quite a bit, especially as a young and rapidly growing puppy.
Note: Remember in many cases, an older dog may suit your particular situation much better than a young puppy. Many breeders place older puppies and dogs. These dogs are often “show prospects” that didn’t mature as was expected or maybe were returned to the breeder for various reasons. (My personal experience with adopting an older dog has been very successful.) Every breed rescue organization is in search of good potential adoptive homes.
- Rescue dogs often require work but probably every dog does. Adopting a rescue dog can also be very rewarding.