Getting a furry companion can bring joy and companionship to your life. However, finding the right puppy can be a daunting task. With so many sources available, it can be difficult to know where to start looking. Here are some of Singapore’s most trusted sources for puppies for sale, as well as tips on how to make the process smoother.
Adopt or Buy – to get a cheap dog?
Buying a puppy can be expensive in Singapore due to the high cost of living here. The local breeders have to comply with a myriad of welfare regulations, dog licenses, vaccinations and health check ups, not to mention land is expensive. There are also limited puppies bred locally, so imported puppies are a popular choice and often seen as the better quality option. The price of imported puppies is not cheap due to the transport and additional licenses and health checks.
Another way to save money is by scanning QR codes on pet food and supply packaging for discounts and promotions. But there are ways to save money. Adopting from a shelter or rescue group can be a more affordable option, and often includes the necessary vaccinations and spaying/neutering. Additionally, checking online classified ads or social media may lead you to a good deal.
Where can I adopt a puppy in Singapore?
There are several animal shelters and rescue groups in Singapore, such as the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Causes for Animals Singapore (CAS). These organizations often have a variety of breeds and ages available for adoption. However, most of the dogs are adult or senior dogs and of large mixed breed, what we call the Singapore Special. There may be additional strict regulations such as home visits, requirement for neutering and health checks or preference for experienced owners which will rule out first time owners. Hence, many people choose to buy puppies from pet shops instead.
Where is the most trusted place to get puppies for sale in Singapore?
Finding a reputable pet shop is crucial when buying a puppy. In Singapore, pet shops are strictly regulated with regular checks from the government. Even so, there are lapses in care of puppies that can result in sick dogs. Look for pet shops with good reviews who prioritize the health and well-being of their puppies and who provide proper documentation and certifications.
Secondly, visit the shop to check the cleanliness of the shop and the puppies. If the place and puppies look unkempt with tangled hair or dirty feet, it may be a sign of neglect.
Thirdly, puppies should look alert and active. There are breeds that are calmer in nature but they should still be attentive.
Beware of online advertisements that advertise puppies with a price that is too good to be true. There have been multiple reports of customers being scammed online. Usually these sellers do not have a physical storefront and prefer to deal directly online or over the phone. Customers are not able to see the puppies prior to putting the deposit. There were some cases where sellers disappeared after collecting the puppies. In other cases, the puppies were delivered but died soon afterwards. The source of these puppies can be illegal or ill bred puppies that you want to avoid.
Which age is best to buy a dog in Singapore?
The ideal age to buy a puppy is around 12-30 weeks old. Puppies at this age have had some socialization with their littermates and have had time to be properly weaned. However, it’s important to ensure that the puppy has received proper vaccinations and checkups before bringing them home.
What to avoid when choosing a puppy?
When choosing a puppy, avoid picking based solely on looks or breed popularity. Before getting a dog, it’s important to consider the puppy’s personality and energy level to ensure a good match for your lifestyle. Additionally, avoid puppies that seem excessively fearful or aggressive.
A reputable pet shop will ask for your needs and recommend the best breeds to ensure that they will fit well into your lifestyle. For example, if your idea of a good time is relaxing on the couch in front of the TV, get a calm dog like a Cavachon or a Maltipoo, not an active dog like a Goldendoodle or a Golden Retriever.
It’s also important to consider the financial responsibility of owning a dog, including food, medical expenses, and grooming. Owning a dog is a long-term commitment, so it’s important to make sure you’re ready for the responsibility.
Getting a puppy can be a lot of work, and it’s important to be prepared for the challenges that come with it. Puppies require a lot of time and attention for training, socialization, and exercise. They may also have accidents in the house and chew on furniture or other items. It’s important to have patience and a good sense of humor when getting a puppy. However the joy that their many antics give you is incalculable.
In conclusion, get your puppies for sale from reputable pet shops such as the Lovely Pets and enjoy the special bonding moment between you and your new best friend!