Sheepdog is a great friend and brave defender. You can get a Scottish, Bernese or South Russian Shepherd Dog, owners, but most often the choice of future owners stops at the German Shepherd Dog. When buying a puppy, you must be sure that you are purchasing a purebred animal that fully meets the standards. Spend time choosing and comparing, and your reward will be a healthy, funny and beautiful pet.
Buy your dog only from a trusted breeder. You can get the address from other shepherd owners or the breeders' club. The owner of the cattery guarantees not only compliance with the breed. A properly grown puppy will be less likely to get sick and develop correctly. At the time of purchase, a thoroughbred puppy must be vaccinated.
Examine the droppings. Experienced dog owners recommend choosing the most active and curious puppy. A young shepherd dog should not be afraid of harsh sounds, pops, strangers. A puppy's mobility and alertness means that it is healthy, it will eat well, grow quickly and will not cause you additional problems.
Take your favorite puppy in your hands, examine it. A shepherd puppy should be well-fed, have thick legs and a flexible tail. Do not take an animal that is too thin or, conversely, an overly fat animal with a swollen belly - this may indicate digestive problems or pathology of internal organs.
Check the puppy's bite - it should be scissor bite. An incorrect bite guarantees disqualification at the show, a ban on breeding and nutritional problems. If you are buying a grown-up puppy, pay attention to his ears - they should be delivered by the age of six months.
Throw a paper ball or treat on the floor, encouraging the puppy to go for a run. A healthy dog should not have a wobbly gait, its legs should be straight and strong, with no signs of curvature. Thin and crooked limbs are a sure sign of rickets.
A good puppy should have broad shoulders and hips, a flat back without sagging and hump, and a nice slope of the croup. The tail should not under any circumstances bend in a ring or hang down with a hook. The real shepherd dog has a moderately thick tail, slightly curved in the form of a saber.
Having chosen a puppy, be sure to check with the owners about the vaccination regime and the menu to which the animal is accustomed. In the first days in the new house, it is advisable to adhere to the diet usual for the animal. Sometimes the owners supply the buyer with a supply of feed. Do not forget to get a puppy card - on its basis you will be able to draw up the pedigree of your pet.