The first step to buying a puppy is to do your homework. Research the breed carefully to determine that it is the right dog for you. Remember a cute, fluffy puppy grows very quickly into a lively, energetic, large dog which will demand a lot of time and patience. To see if a Swissy is right for you read this article... or this article. Please be honest with yourself when choosing a Swissy to avoid making the wrong choice which often results in re-homing. Remember a dog is for life!
The next step is to locate a breeder. Always use a recommended breeder. Try to visit the breeder's premises to ensure you are happy with the conditions and temperament of the dogs. This is a good time to discuss which health tests have been carried out on both parents and ask to see copies of the health results.
Beware of any breeders asking for a large deposit before the puppies are born. It is strongly recommended that you do not pay a deposit until the puppies are born and one has been allocated to you. Swissies are extremely difficult breeders and no-one can guarantee how many puppies, if any, they will have.
Once the puppies are 4-6 weeks old try to visit as often as you can to see the puppies growing and developing. Sometimes you will be able to pick a puppy yourself, or alternately the breeder will choose a puppy that is best suited to your family and environment.
All puppies should come complete with:-
KC registrations documents
Full details of medication given to date i.e. worming and inoculations
All breeders must have the puppy microchipped on or before 8 weeks of age, registered in the breeders name to comply with the law.
Use the links on the Links Page to contact recommended breeders own websites or e-mail address'.
Taking your puppy home
When the day finally arrives when you can take your puppy home don't forget that the puppy will need a few days, maybe weeks, to settle into its new environment. For some advice read the following guide to owning a Swissy..
If at any stage of the dogs life it becomes necessary to re-home it, first contact the breeder. Most breeders will be happy to either have the dog back, or help in finding a new home.
Please contact the club if you are prepared to offer a home to an older Swissy.
Is a Swissy for you.....?
If you are seriously considering having a Swissy please read this article by Karen Conant (a recognised US breeder) where she encapsulates both the good and the bad points of the breed……..
A GUIDE TO OWNING A GREAT SWISS MOUNTAIN DOG
By S M Brailey
Taking your puppy home
Your puppy will be ready to go to its new home at approximately 8 weeks. Please arrange to visit your own vet ......... to read more please click here
The official KC recognised UK Breed Club for GSMD's.