To find out information locally (in
the Alexandria, LA area) about available pure bred dogs, call the following:
Haas Animal Clinic (318) 640-7153
Note that they can only give you information about breeders they are familiar
with and would recommend. They DO NOT know where you can find all breeds, just
some. They will give you contact information for members of the Alexandria
Kennel Club who may have puppies/dogs available, and any other breeders that
they know personally and would recommend.
Calling this number does not guarantee that you will find a dog of the breed
you are looking for locally.
Other resources to look for when buying a pure bred dog:
Go to AKC's website:
There is a ton of information on AKC's website that will help you in
both your selection of a breed, and also finding the parent club or
breeder ads. Once you have selected a breed, the breed standard will come up.
Got to the bottom of that page and select the various links. These will point
you to the parent club if one exists, and possibly to breeders.
Go to Google.com or Yahoo.com or one of the other search engines. Type
in the breed you are looking for followed by "puppies" or
"puppy". You may see particular breeder's websites come up, as well
as one of the puppy finder sites.
Go to one of the puppy finder sites. Breeders list their puppies here
for sale, often by state. Some of the popular ones are:
There are many others that will come up. Note that we are not promoting the use
of any of these sites in particular, but these are the current ones that come
up first when doing a search.
Have you done your homework on the breed you are looking for?
If this is not a breed that you owned before, do research to find out about
this breed. Find the parent club's website and find out about the good and bad
of the breed. Each breed has particular characteristics in common that may or
may not fit into your household. Some breeds are extremely active and can be
destructive if not kept busy, and some are extremely calm and laid back. Find
the breed that would have the personality that would fit into your household.
While looks and personal preferences may make your initial breed selection,
make sure you can live with the personality of this breed. A great place to get
Here are things to
consider before buying a dog. These are just things to ask yourself and
consider before buying any dog.
Do you own or rent? A house or apartment? If you rent, does your landlord allow
you to have a dog?What are your expectations of this dog? Watch dog,
pet, Conformation Show Dog, Performance Events, Obedience, Companion for
another pet. The personality of the dog may need to be different
depending on your purpose of this dog.
Do you have a fenced yard? If not, what are your plans for exercising and for
your puppy to go potty safely?
How and where will your puppy spend his/her days? nights?
Do you have a dog kennel or run? How tall is the fence?
Do you currently have
pets? How will a puppy fit into your existing home if you do have other
What will you do with
the dog if you move from your present home?
Do all members of the
household know you plan to get a dog? Are they all agreeable?
experiences do you have in training a household pet? (housebreaking,
basic obedience, etc.)
What training methods
will you use to handle potential problems like whining, barking, chewing, etc.?
Who will be responsible
for the care of this dog? What happens if he/she doesn't follow through?
Are you willing to
obtain proper medical care for this dog, such as yearly boosters, cleaning
teeth, etc.? The expense of a dog does not end when you buy the dog. The price
you pay is a small price compared to the lifetime of a dog.
Is anyone in your
household allergic to pets?
Will an adult be home
most days? If you work, what is your plan for caring for a young puppy during
the day? (Example - plan on coming home during lunch to let the puppy out, or
have a neighbor do it, or keep confined to a bathroom with newspaper down,
What will you do with
this dog when you go on vacation?
Will the full grown size
of the dog be an issue for you? A cute 10 pound puppy is adorable, but when
that puppy turns into a 90 pound ball of energy, how will you handle this?