PON PUPPY BUYERS GUIDE

"LEARN BEFORE YOU LEAP"

Good PON Breeders Will...

 1.  Invite you into their home or kennel to observe how their Polish Lowland

      Sheepdog puppies live.  You meet the puppies parent(s) of your potential 

      puppy, see health records, and get a chance to get a feel for the life of the

      breeder.


 2.  Ask you many questions about your lifestyle.  Is now the right time for you to

      buy a Polish Lowland Sheepdog puppy?   Do you have a good place to raise a

      puppy?  And many more....


 3.  Expect you to ask many questions and when you do they will be answered in a

      straightforward, honest manner.  PON breeders will recognize you as a good

      potential home when you show you have done your research, learning about 

      the breed from various sources including other  PON breeders.


 4.  Have multiple contacts with you before selling you a puppy either by phone, e

      mail, and/or in person.  There should be no pressure to make any decision on

      your part or their part to sell you a puppy. They may not have any Polish

      Lowland Sheepdog puppies and  may be willing to put you on a waiting

      list.  Good PON breeders want to know you as  much as  you want to know

      them. 

 

 5.  Have Polish Lowland Sheepdog  puppies  which are well socialized and

      friendly. PONS tend by their standard to be standoffish with strangers,  but

      ignore them and they should warm up to you  very quickly.


6.  Show an interest in you and your puppy and will keep in contact with you  being

     willing to help with any behavior /and / or health problems  should they arise.


7.  Explain the paper work in detail  and it should be provided upon picking up your

     puppy.  There may be some terms new to youand they should be fully

     explained.  

 

  •  AKC registration application papers fullly filled out with the correct information . (AKC strongly recommends you do not accept a promise to get them later)

 

  •      A contract clearing clearly explaining the terms between you the buyer and the seller .  This should include   a.  Breed, sex and Color b.  Date of birth of the puppy  c. Name and address of the breeder   d.  Registered names and numbers of the Pon's sire and dam  e.  Date of purchase by the buyer  f.   Name and address of the buyer    g.  Any breeding, health, return policy, etc., information agreed upon

 

  •     Three to five generation pedigree

 

 

 8.  Have Polish Lowland Sheepdog puppies  that seem to be fun, secure, used to

      various sounds and noises--will be well socialized and are obviously used to

      and  comfortable with being handled.  This is part of early socialization.

 

 9.  NOT spend time degrading any other breeder but will leave you feeling good

      about  them and their own Polish Lowland Sheepdog puppies.

 

10. Be knowledgable about breeding and breeding practices...will be willing to help

       you   when and if you have a PON with unlimited registration with AKC and

       you decide  it is time to learn more about breeding Polish Lowland Sheepdog

       puppies 

 

11. Have their puppies carefully checked by a vet before you receive them, and will

      have had its first shot or possibly more depending upon the pup's age.   PON

      breeders should receive a copy of the records as well as the name and a

      contact number for the vet.  In addition, they will advise you about what to

      feed and when, exercise, potty and lead training, and much more. You will

      receive a packet of  materials to help you do all these things and more. You

      may also receive water and food with instructions on how to gradually change

      from the old environment to the new.

 

12.  Try to meet the temperament of the puppy to you.  A decision to get a puppy

       should not be based alone on color, sex, markings, activity level, etc., but

       should utilize the expertise of the PON breeder to match your situation and

       the personalty of the pup as each pup develops its own unique personality.

 

13.  Tell you both the pros and cons of owning Polish Lowland Sheepdog puppies 

       and will realistically help you decide if this is the breed for you. They will also

       be very honest about the positive and negative traits of their own puppies.

 

14.  Want to meet you and have you pick up your puppy at their kennel or home if

       at all  possible.  The best breeders want to know their "baby" is going to a

       great  home, and meeting you is part of that process. 

 

15.  Be honest and open about any and all health issues in the breed, and will be

       specifically honest about their own Polish Lowland Sheepdog puppies.  PON

       breeders should be willing to talk about any specific problems in the breed.

 

16.  Encourage you to speak with other  PON breeders.  The more information you

       can gather before making a final decision is certainly to your benefit. Trust

       yourself and if something does not seem quite right when you speak to certain

       people, do your homework.  Buying a PON should be a lifetime decision and

       one which will require you to keep this PON an average  of 10-12 years.  

 

17.   Provide a healthy space for their PONS to live in.  The Polish Lowland

        Sheepdog puppies will have a proper place to run and get exercise.  They

        will not be  confined to a cage or  crate for the majority of the day .

 

18.   A good breeder will discuss openly and honestly with you the cost of keeping

        a PON for a month?  A year?  A lifetime?   And they will make you aware

        that emergencies arise and that sometimes these are expensive.