From the Toronto Star March 8th, 2012.
Sonny Allinson of the Canadian Kennel Club, the registry for 175 purebreds dogs, has three words of advice for puppy buyers: “research, research, research.”
That’s the most important part of any purchase, says the spokesperson for the kennel club which registers 60,000 pups a year.
“Thoroughly consider all aspects of dog ownership and be certain you are able to make the lifetime commitment to owning a dog,” Allinson cautions.
Pesto is one such lucky dog. Spoken for before he was even conceived, the 5.8-ounce Yorkshire terrier had a loving home waiting when he arrived last April 27.
“It was a monumental day in our life when he was born because we’d been waiting months,” Kerry Weiland says of the now 10-month-old pup. “It’s sort of like expecting a baby,” says Weiland, whose wife Christina Sorbara is pregnant with their first child.
As condo dwellers with an on-the-go lifestyle, the Toronto couple wanted a dog that was: small, healthy, non-allergenic, well-behaved, sociable and portable. After hours of research, meeting the breeder and canine parents-to-be, they signed up for first pick of the next litter.
“Hard work and preparation” paid off, says Weiland, a hockey instructor and former Olympian. Silky-haired Pesto, who arrived with a do-not-breed contract, is the dog of their dreams. “Overall, it was a wonderful experience.”
How to pick a pup
The Canadian Kennel Club offers these tips for choosing a dog:
• Be practical. Look at your lifestyle, energy level, time, size of home, family members, and any allergy issues. Then pick a dog that fits
• Do your homework. Talk to dog owners, breeders, clubs, trainers — anyone with firsthand experience
• A dog lives 10 to 15 years. Decide if you’re ready for that time and financial commitment
• Before you commit to a purchase, be clear on exactly what you’re getting and any guarantees or contracts that come with it
• If you have a bad feeling about the source of your new pup, walk away
• Consider an older dog if you can’t manage the responsibility of caring for a puppy
Charla Jones/Charla Jones for the Toronto Star