Official  Irish Terrier Association 

Surporting   The  Breed

Buying A Puppy 

Having decided that an Irish Terrier is the breed fir you.......what should you do next?
All reputable Irish Terrier breeders work to the 'breed standard " and therefore some breeders will want to keep the best of the litter fir themselves. This leaves the remaining puppies looking for new homes. If possible go to a few local shows to talk to  breeders and see a fe dogs together. 
Most breeders  will be happy to talk to you an help you with any questions you may have. They may also be able to tell you about any litters due and people to contact. It is also a great idea to join an Irish Terrier Club as this is another source of good information. 
Irish Terrier litters are not a common as some other breeds , therefore people may be on a waiting list for the next available litter that is due from a particular breeder. This is not uncommon and sometimes you may have to wait a few months. Once the litter is born and  you are next on the waiting list , be prepared to see the litter more than once if you can. At the first visit you normally won't be in a position to choose your puppy as thier appearance and personality will change so much , but at the final visit of perhaps 7-8 weeks this should be possible. 
When you visit the puppies they should be with their mother. If the puppies are older and have been weaned , she who still be available fir you to see. Never just accept that she is there - always ask to see her. The Stud dog may not always be present but full details and a picture of him should be available. The puppies should be in clean , warm conditions with plenty of light and fresh air. They should have plenty of rom to play and develop.
A healthy puppy should be active and show interest in what goes on. They may be sleeping when you visit as at that young age they play for a few minutes and then sleep . They should be clean and thier eyes and nose clear from any mucus . Don't  be afraid to ask questions. 
 Breeder also want to ask some questions as they will want to ensure the puppy  is going to a suitable home. Questions may  be asked about your garden, fences and how safe it is of a puppy. How  long the puppy will be alone for four at any one time, if you have children ,have you had dogs  or have any other dogs already. Do you have a crate for the puppy and  know which vet you be using . Don't be put off by this - this is a sign that the breeder cares about the welfare  of the poppy and  not just the sale ! 
The puppy will be registered with the Kennel Clubsnd  have its own Kennel Club name and certificate . This should be given to you when you collect the puppy along with a puppy pack giving you some tips about feeding ,worming , inoculations  exercise. If  the puppy has been microchip you should also be given full details  of the number and how to transfer everything over to you. You should also be given some food so that you can gradually change the puppy food  over to the one you will be using therefore not upsetting the puppy's stomach.
 Most breeders will also ask you to signa contact of  sale - this shows full details of the breeder,  you and the puppy . It is always advisable to have your puppy vet check within the first few days of bringing him/her home . The vet will that carry out a general health check and give the puppy any inoculations required.
Don't forget to keep in touch with the breeder and ask  any questions you may have along  the way . They of course will be delighted to hear all about your puppy  and the progress they are making.

Puppy line Co-ordinator - Mrs Angela Cooke tel 01519311290 or email aje@morecroft.co.uk