- Buying a Puppy? by Ian White This checklist could help you find the perfect friend So you've decided to buy a puppy? Dogs can bring joy, laughter, love, loyalty, protection and companionship into your life. However, there are a few things you need to be aware of before you choose the puppy you wish to bring into your home. Use the following checklist to ensure you purchase the puppy that's right for you. The Breeder Is the breeder experienced with the breed of puppy you are choosing? Can she answer any questions you have? Will she stand behind the puppy if problems arise? Has the breeder explained all the pros and cons of the breed you have chosen? Every dog has good and bad characteristics and the breeder should make you aware of them. Has the breeder insisted the puppy be enrolled in obedience school? Today many reputable breeders insist on this. Has the breeder offered you a starter kit?