PON PUPPY BUYERS GUIDE

"LEARN BEFORE YOU LEAP"

PON BREEDERS SHOULD ASK

Below is a long list of questions, many of which a good breeder will ask in order to know if their puppy is going to a good home.  Each breeder will decide what is most important to them.  If you are buying a pup, you should expect to be asked many of these questions.

   1. Good PON breeders ask where did you learn about the PON puppy (Polish Lowland

       Sheepdog puppies)?  Who in the family  wants the PON? Who does not?

 

   2.  Good  breeders ask who lives in your home?  Any children?   Their ages?  Are they

        gentle or rough with   animals?

 

  3.  Good  breeders askdo you have a private home? Condo? Apartment? Etc.  Does it

        have a dog  yard?  Describe the  neighborhood?

 

  4.  Good  breeders ask is  the yard fenced?  If not would you consider fencing,

        invisible fence, or free standing  kennel?  Do you know the pros and cons of each?

 

  5.  Good breeders ask  how and where would you exercise the puppy?  Are you aware

        Polish Lowlans Sheepdog puppies are like babies  and need  down-rest time?  Need to take

        shorter walks to longer ones as they get  older?

 

  6.  Good   breeders ask do you have a second home?  Boat?  Plane?  Pool?   Do you

       know how to makePon puppies safe if  any of these conditions exist?

 

  7.  Good  breeders ask did you have pets as a child?  If yes what, if no, why?

 

  8.  Good  breeders ask have you previously owned any pets?  If so, what?  What

        happened to them? Do your pets move if you move?

 

  9.  Good  breeders ask do you presently have any other pets?  If so, what?  How old  are

         they?  Are they good with other animals?

 

10. Good  breeders ask who and where do you plan to feed the pup? What?  When? 

        Will water always be available?  

 

11. Good  breeders ask who will be training the puppy? Have you ever trained a puppy?  Are you

      willing to go to puppy kindergarten and other obedience  classes? What do

      you already know about training Polish Lowland Sheepdog puppies?

 

 12.  Good  breeders ask who will clean up after the puppy?  His home?  His waste? 

         Where will it go?

 

13.  Good breeders ask what  do you know about socialization of PON puppies? PON puppies require a

          great deal of socialization. How will you do it?  Where and when?

 

14.  Good  breeders ask what is your work schedule?  Will someone be home to attend

        to the puppy when you are gone?  Will someone be with the puppy when he arrives?

 

15. Good  breeders ask where will your puppy sleep?  Will you be able to provide a

       regular schedule? 

 

16. Good  breeders will ask how you feel about crating?  Do you know how to crate

       train and when to use it?  

 

17. Good  breeders will ask how might a herding breed be different from any other? 

       Are you willing to be herded?  Put up with toys that are herded?  Other animals being

       herded?  

 

18.  Good  breeders will ask what in particular interested you about this breed?  What have

         you been  told by other breeders about Polish Lowland Sheepdog puppies? 

 

19.  Good  breeders will ask what you are looking for in PON puppies?  An adult dog? 

        Describe your perfect dog.

 

20.  Good  breeders will ask if  you  are considering  breeding?  Showing? Doing any other

          activities with your puppy?  Adult?  Why or why  not?

 

21.  Good PON breeders will ask if you are interested in other dog activities such as

        obedience, flyball, dance, agility,  rally, etc?  Do you know what these are?

 

22.  Good  breeders will ask what arrangements have you made for you pet(s) should

        anything happen to you?  

 

23.  Good breeders will ask what  interest you most about this breed?

 

24.  Good  breeders will ask if you prepared to deal with a coat that needs a lot of

        brushing and grooming?  Do  you have any  grooming experience?

 

25.  Good PON breeders will ask what  is most important to you in choosing a puppy?

 

26.  Good  breeders will ask if you already have a vet?  How do you and he/she feel

        about vaccinations?

 

27.  Good  breeders will ask if you can say no  or are you a real softy?   Can you hold

        your ground should this  adorable, cute , fuzzy  puppy challenge  you?  

 

28. Good breeders will ask if you are willing to sit down with your family before

       getting the pup and making up a  list of rules the  whole family will follow?  A list of

       commands such as sit,  down,  stay, etc.?

 

29.  Good  breeders will ask if  you have allergies?  If so, to what?  Will a dog bother

        you?

 

30.  Good  breeders will ask how  long have you lived at your present address?  How

        often do you move? Do you  take your pets with you?

 

31.  Good  breeders will ask if  you  would join theAKC recognized parent club (APONC) for

          at least a   year? Do you have any talents or skills you could offer?

 

32. Good breeders will ask if there any other PONS in your town?  Do you know any

        other PON owners? Have you spoken to any other breeders?  Any questions as a 

         result  of  speaking to any of these  people? 

 

33.  Good  breeders will ask what are some of the household rules you might enforce? 

        Have you ever considered quiet-petting , snuggling time indoors and running, playing

        ball , e tc. , outdoors?

 

34.  Good  breeders will ask if  your puppy  will be able to have a limited space

        initially?  Eventually have full run of the house?   

 

35.  Good PON breeders will ask what  do you expect from your  breeder?   What    

        other questions do you have?   What do you think the drawbacks of the breed might be for

       you?

 

36.  Do you have any other questions or concerns about Polish Lowland Sheepdog puppies?