PON PUPPY BUYERS GUIDE

"LEARN BEFORE YOU LEAP"

ASK THE PON BREEDER

It is very important that you learn about the PON, meet or get to know your breeder, and if at all possible visit the PON breeder's home/kennel.  There are several questions that should be asked of them.  Below is a guideline of some of these questions.  Trust yourself and how you feel about the answers.  Expect people to be positive, straightforward and honest . A red flag should go up if you feel differently.  It is recommended you speak to several breeders before buying, and that you don't just take a puppy because they are available.  Sometimes being on a waiting list will benefit you in the end.

 

Ask many questions of several PON breeders. Observe what you see.  Trust yourself and what feels right whether in person or on the phone.  There should be no high pressure to buy or unwillingness to give you the opportunity to speak to other breeders.  A good breeder wants to place their PON puppies in a "forever" safe and loving home as much as you want the right puppy.

   1. Can I come visit your home and/or your kennel to meet with you,

        meet all of your Polish Lowland Sheepdog puppies, and ask several

        questions I  have. (It is  recommended that you ask this even if you

        cannot do it.  Good PON breederwswill welcome you to meet their

        dogs and visit their kennel.  They want to know you as  much as you

        want to know them.)

 

  2.  How long have you been breeding?  Where and how did you learn

        and get your experience breeding Polish Lowland Sheepdogs?  Have

        you owned and/or bred any other breeds?

 

  3.  How many Polish Lowland Sheepdogs  do you own?  Males? 

        Females? Ages?

 

  4.  Where do you keep you PON(s)?  During the day?   At night?

 

  5.  What do you do to socialize your PON  puppies and

        your adults?

 

  6.  How many litters of PON  puppies  do you have a year?   How often

       do you breed your females?  How many puppies have you produced?

 

  7.  Could I see the health certificates of both puppy parents?   Eyes? 

       Hips?  Other?  Are you on the AKC parent Club, APONC's, breeders

       list?

 

  8.  What is your health guarantee?  What does it say in your contract?

       How does this compare to other PON breeders?

 

  9. What and when do you feed your PONS?  Kibble?  Canned?   Raw?

      Why?

 

 10. Do you show your Polish Lowland Sheepdogs?  Do you do

        any other other activities like obedience, fly  ball, rally, dance, etc.?

        Where are your PONS trained and socialized?

 

11. If for some reason I could not keep my PON, what is

       your policy on taking them back or finding them a new home? 

 

12. Do you have a contract?   What does it include?   Could I see a copy of

       it before I before I decide?

 

13. Do you belong to any dog clubs?  Are you in good standing? 

      Why or why not?

 

14.  Are you on a breeders list?   Could I have a copy of the

       contract  you must sign and agree to in order to be on this list?

 

15.  Do you vaccinate your adult PONS?  PON puppies?  Why or why not?

 

16.  What are the health problems in the breed?   What health issues

        have you had with your PONS?

 

17.  Do your PONS meet the breed standard and all health requirements?

 

18.  What does limited and unlimited registration mean?  Will my

        puppy be limited or unlimited? Could this be changed by you at a

        later date? Are you willing to put this in writing?

 

19.  What is a spay-neuter contract?  Is this part of your contract?

 

20.   What do I have to do if I decide I want to breed or show? 

 

21.  Is it in your contract that you will be available with advice and

        support  for any behavioral or health problems that may occur?  

 

22.  Have you won any awards or titles with your PONS?  Do you attend

        the national specialty for this breed?  why or why not?

 

23.  What does the standard mean?  What does it tell me?  Do you have a

        copy I can see or have?

 

24.  If I decide I want one of your PON puppies what is the procedure?

 

25.  At what age do you let your puppies go to their new home? (The

        Code of Ethics recommends not before 8 weeks).  What is

        your policy on shipping a puppy? Is there any reason I cannot pick

        my puppy up at your home?

 

26.  Who else can I contact to learn more about this breed?   Are

        there other breeders you recommend I should contact to learn even

        more about the breed?

 

27.  Do you recommend and when do you recommend spaying or

        neutering?   Are any of your PONS spayed or neutered?  What is the

       difference  between spaying and neutering?

 

28.  On a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high) how good a breeder do you believe

       you are? Do you consider yourself an expert?  Why or why not?

 

29. What are some of the problems I might face with a PON?  What will be

       the challenges?  Is the breed intelligent?  

 

30.  How is the breed with children?  Other animals?  With another dog

       of the same sex that I already have?

 

31.  What does socialization mean?   What do I need to do to properly

       socialize my PON puppy?  How do you socialize your PONS?

 

32.  What kind of training do you recommend?   Private classes?  Group

       classes?  Puppy Kindergarten? Training at home? Etc.

 

33.  Your PONS seem or do not seem friendly.  Why is this so?

 

34.  What do you recommend when no one will be home all day

        because of work?

 

35.  Do you recommend crate training?   When?  For how long?  How long

       should a PON be crated?

 

36.  How much exercise does the breed require?   How do you exercise

        your PONS?

 

37.  If I buy a puppy when will I receive my AKC papers, my contract, my

        pedigrees? (AKC says do not accept promises of later for AKC papers,

        and it is recommended  that  you  receive them all at the time of

        purchases---you must be  given  the  breed,the sex, the color;  date  of birth

        of the dog,  registered names and  numbers of the dog's sire and dam;

        name and address of the  breeder; date of purchase by the buyer)

 

38.  What other questions should I ask?  If I am still not sure whether

        this is the breed for me, who would you recommend I speak with

        about the breed and why this person?

 

        DO NOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE TALKED INTO  MAKING A DECISION

        UNLESS YOU ARE SURE THIS IS THE BREED FOR YOU AND THE

        BREEDER  WITH WHOM YOU WANT TO WORK.  RAISING A PUPPY IS 

        TIME   INTENSIVE TASK AND CAN BE A CHALLENGE.   PUPPIES LIKE

        CHILDREN SHOULD BE A LIFETIME COMMITMENT AND YOUR

        BREEDER SHOULD BE THERE TO HELP YOU ALONG THE WAY!