Choosing a Puppy From a
When you are making the choice of buying a puppy from a litter, you should be very observant to make the right
Most breeders will ask you to select one of the puppies from the litter. You should take the following into
consideration when you are selecting the puppy:
Size of the Puppy
The best puppy in a litter should be the biggest. When you compare all the puppies, the biggest pup should be
the best in terms of eating and growth.
The pup should also have proportional body parts without any abnormal enlargement or any of the body
extremities. Always go for the big pup but also pay attention to other factors that influence the selection.
Absence of Abnormalities
Most puppies are born with some form of congenital defects or slight abnormalities that may manifest later in
their lives. You should be very observant to ensure that the puppy you select does not have any anomalies in their
bodies or limbs.
There may be other internal congenital defects that may be manifested in other forms and not necessarily
observable features. You should hold the puppy and closely look at every part of the body for any
Activity and Vigor
The puppy that is selected should have high activity than other puppies. Most dormant puppies are possibly
suffering from some birth defects. The puppy should pay attention to any intruder to the litter and they should be
able to recognize you and quickly come towards you. The puppy should also be very energetic and playful.
The puppy color should be uniform and the skin coat should be smooth and shinny in appearance. You should
examine the eyes and ears for any abnormality or discharges. You should also carry out examination of the
reproductive organs to avoid selecting a cryptochid puppy in males especially if your puppy is meant for breeding
If you are concerned about in getting a certain dog breed, you should ensure that the puppy confers to all the
breed characteristics such as color, body conformation and appearance. You
should be conversant with all the breed specifications of the type of dog you are looking for.
Eating and Body Condition
A good puppy should stand out of the litter by having a good appetite that is not only manifested in eating but
also in their good body condition. The puppy should be in good body condition but not obese.
Sociability and Trainability of the Puppy
If you are buying a puppy to be a pet, the puppy should have good
social skills and should be able to play with you at this early age. You should try and interact with the puppy of
your choice to assess their abilities and intelligence compared to other puppies in the litter.
Finally, when you are selecting the puppy, age may be an important consideration but not always. If you pay
attention to the tips discussed above, you will certainly make the choice of the best pup.