Welcoming a new dog into your life can be exciting and rewarding, but it is also a responsibility. Regardless of what breed you decide is the right fit for your lifestyle, you owe it to yourself to research the breed, understand what health tests are recommended, and ask the right questions of breeders before purchasing a dog. We hope the following information is useful as you research any breed and make contacts with breeders.
- About Setters
- Before you buy a dog
- Breeder versus Producer: Why does it matter and how to tell the difference
- Why want a good quality Irish Setter?
- Questions prospective buyers should ask of breeders
- Breeders will ask questions of prospective buyers
Buying a puppy is an investment in a long-term relationship that can last 12 or more years. Looking for a puppy should be a well thought out and planned decision, not a spur of the moment whim. Although money is exchanged, buying a puppy is more than just a purchase–it is the initial investment in a new relationship with a “soul friend.” Looking for a conscientious breeder is a worthwhile investment of your time.
Please understand that there are relatively few well bred litters available at any given time. You may have to wait for the right puppy.