How to Purchase a Dog in Nigeria
The prospect of having a dog and embarking on your ‘pet-parenting’ adventure can be rather thrilling; yet, buying a dog in Nigeria is not always an easy task. Owning a dog is a big decision because there are a lot of things to think about and keep an eye out for, especially if you want a purebred dog.
In this article, we will discuss how to get a dog and what factors to consider before purchasing a dog.
The following are the best methods for purchasing a dog.
Purchase from a Reputable Breeder
If you want to purchase a dog from a breeder, you should conduct some study and put a bit of effort into locating a ‘good’ and responsible breeder, not someone who breeds dogs and sells them.
A good breeder is someone who breeds to enhance the breed, breeds only excellent stock, which is not in the business for the cash.
Some of the things you may anticipate from a reputable breeder are as follows:
- A good breeder will supply you with a written health report for your dog.
- A breeder must show proof of a puppy’s ancestry.
- A good breeder will welcome you to his or her house or business premises to inspect the conditions in which his or her dogs and pups are reared.
Import from Abroad
This option is generally used by persons who want to get a rare or pure breed dog. It can be a difficult prospect since there are various rules and conditions that must be met when importing a dog into Nigeria. Similarly, exporting countries have specific rules and standards that vary by country. We have compiled a post that includes everything.
Adopt a Pet from a Veterinary Hospital or an Animal Shelter
Pets for adoption are frequently available in veterinary hospitals and animal shelters, so check with your local vet clinic to figure out. Otherwise, you may simply join the Woofline Pets Rescue and Adoption club, where pet owners exchange tales of pets they have rescued and those that are available for adoption. People looking to adopt pets from these facilities must meet certain conditions.
Things to Think About Before Purchasing a Dog in Nigeria
Getting a puppy from a random person selling on the side of the road is not a good idea. When purchasing a dog, there are several variables to consider, such as the dog’s health history, the father and dam of the pup (to best explain his/her temperament), and on and on.
Before you buy a dog, ask yourself the following questions. What makes me want a dog? Can I really afford a dog? Is my lifestyle suitable for a dog? Is my house dog-friendly? And What is the best breed for me?
Here are a few pointers to help you choose a breed
Breed Size: The breed type you are contemplating must be appropriate for the available area. If you live in a flat with no yard or outside area, for example, a tiny breed dog like a Lhasa Apso or Pug is more acceptable.
Fur: This may appear to be a small consideration, but grooming may be a time-consuming chore. If you know you won’t have much time for care and grooming, select dogs with short coats.
Energy Level: It is usually preferable to choose canines with a level of energy that is comparable to or lower than your own. Several breeds have more energy than others; in general, Boerboels, German Shepherds, and Labradors have more energy, whereas breeds like the American Bulldog and Chow Chow have less. A dog with a high level of energy will demand more exercise and interaction than a dog with a low level of energy.
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