Is a Pedigree Puppy Right For You?

When choosing the proper puppy for you and your family there are some basic decisions to be made. Once you have decided that you are ready to raise a puppy you can move onto the decision as to what breed or mixed breed you might be interested in purchasing. There are many opportunities to adopt a puppy, however if you have already decided to purchase a puppy, you now must choose between a pedigree purchase or a non-pedigree purchase.

In either case, there are pros and cons to both the pedigree and non pedigree puppies. A pedigree puppy may have more value to you than a non-pedigree puppy, but you will foot the bill to hold the papers for this puppy. Pedigree puppies can be twice as expensive to purchase as your purebred, non-pedigreed puppy. This is because the pedigreed puppy can be registered and is guaranteed to meet the breed’s standards. If you are looking to either breed the puppy or show the puppy then a pedigree puppy is the route you should take.

If, however, you simply want a purebred puppy with no intention of breeding or showing it then the cheaper route to consider is the purebred, unregisterable puppy. This puppy is not registerable because it does not meet the breed’s standards in one or more categories.

Even a pedigree puppy can have anomalies that make it a poor candidate for future breeding purposes. Sometimes these anomalies are found out prior to the puppy’s sale. However, in some instances certain anomalies aren’t present until the puppy is older, and the sale long since completed. In such cases the owner must cut his losses as it is too late to return the dog to the seller for a full refund.

The non-pedigree puppy, however, can be a gamble in itself. If you assume the puppy is unregisterable because of something cosmetic, you may be in for a big surprise. In some instances, breeders have lines of purebred puppies that have traces of other lineage. This may leave an undesirable trait within the breed. This trait may even lead an often thought of “safe breed” to exhibit unsafe and unpredictable behavior. A good example is the purchase I made several years back at a puppy store in the mall. I chose to bring home an adorable, unregisterable beagle. It was my understanding that he did not meet the height requirement of the breed. However what I learned later on was that my adorable puppy grew up to be an unruly and untrustworthy mature dog. He would bite small children as he had no patience for them. This was totally out of character for a highly trusted family breed. Somewhere in his breeding this undesirable characteristic was acquired.

Not only is it important to know the breed you are interested in purchasing, making an informed decision based on the environment you can offer the dog is equally important, both for the safety of the dog and the safety of its family. In any instance, some research into the dog’s lineage can save its buyer a lot of future grief. There are numerous resources now available on the Internet to help identify the puppy best suited to you. Other resources available can be found at your local library, or check with your local veterinarian’s office. The more information you have to make your decision the better choice in puppy you will find for your family. Proper research can be done to know that Bluetick Coonhound is a breed of Coonhound. The information will be made available through the experts available at different online sites.

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