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Pick a puppy from the litter: tips

Have you decided to give a puppy a new home and already have the right litter in mind? Then it's about choosing one of the cute four-legged friends. Read here what you should look out for - in addition to sympathy. They are all cute: Choosing a dog puppy is often not easy at all - Image: Shutterstock / Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH

Your puppy should not move in with them until the age of twelve weeks, but you can certainly choose him from the litter earlier. A wonderful time for the first visit of the small dog family is when the puppies are between three and four weeks old, because now the little ones start to take an interest in their environment.

Choosing puppies: the first meeting

A friendly, open-minded dog breeder and a healthy, well-groomed dog family are the first important criteria when choosing a healthy, lively and well-socialized puppy. Now you will get to know the litter: Perhaps one of the little four-legged friends will meet them, greet them excitedly, or challenge them to play, so that the choice is very easy for them.

But also pay attention to the somewhat more reserved animals in the litter: These dog puppies often develop into particularly friendly, calm and peace-loving dogs that fit well in families. Whether you fall in love with a cheeky, cheeky puppy or an unobtrusive, shy one, you should now pay attention to various health and character aspects.

How to recognize a healthy puppy

A healthy, normal socialized puppy is alert, lively and curious. Under no circumstances should he be very nervous or apathetic, or just hide. The eyes of a healthy animal shine and are just as clean as the ears and nose of the animal.

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The fur looks clean and healthy and should not have any bald or red spots. A puppy should neither be too thin nor conspicuously thick, but should have a healthy, rounded puppy figure. The dog breeder should also be happy to give you information about the health of the parent animals, vaccinations, any hereditary diseases, etc. before you finally decide on one of the animals.