Before buying a German Shepherd Puppy or dog in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt please ask yourself the following:
• Are you prepared for the serious responsibility of this long term commitment?
• German Shepherds need space – it’s cruel to keep them on a balcony or hot roof to bark and annoy neighbours
• Who will look after your dog if you are not at home, go on holiday or need to travel to Cairo? Remember the bus will not take dogs.
• Dog food and vets bills are a regular cost and increasing almost weekly in Egypt – can you afford this?
• Is everyone in your home including your landlord happy for a dog to join the family?
• Are you absolutely certain that a German Shepherd is the breed for you?
• Are you prepared to socialise your dog and take advice from your breeder?
The choice of a German Shepherd puppy should not be made on the spur of the moment, doing so can lead to heartache and financial disaster.
Research the breed, the breeder and take your time over the decision. Be prepared, you may have to wait for a puppy from your chosen breeder but even a year wait for the right puppy is a small portion of time compared with the many years ahead you will be together and possible disappointment you might face with the wrong decision.
When you visit the breeder the first visual indication is the home where the puppies live, if it isn’t clean enough for you to enter, go no further. If the breeder’s dogs are not healthy or you cannot see the mother and father of the puppies – leave. Puppies are constantly messing so expect a little lingering poop and pee smells and possibly some recent mess but the smell of age old filth is not acceptable. All pups spend a lot of time sleeping, but when they are active they should appear alert and energetic. Bloated stomachs, except possibly right after eating, can be a sign of worms. Eyes and noses containing a mucous-filled discharge can signal a viral or bacterial infection. Never take a puppy home in this condition, anyone who has ever brought home a sick puppy can tell you how frustrating and heartbreaking it can be. The whole experience can turn what should be an exciting, happy time into a nightmare. The stress of taking a sickly puppy to a new home can quickly worsen the problem – do not buy a sick puppy because you feel sorry for it! It is up to the breeder to provide the puppy with the proper care. Ask to see the breeders other dogs. Are they approachable and sociable, well behaved? Are they in good condition and healthy? Is the person who is selling an unskilled local worker and “bazaar type” person? If you have children make sure they are well behaved and supervised around both the adults and puppies. Do the puppies and adults interact well with your children?
Most breeders will give you a health guarantee, usually for 72 hours in order for you to take the pup to your vet and provide a puppy that has had first vaccination, pet passport and optional microchip.
The price of the puppy will be reflective of the type of establishment you are buying from.
A well bred GSD puppy from a reputable breeder will generally not be below 5,500EGP, some may be slightly more or less but this is a general rule of thumb. Anyone offering GSD puppies for half this price needs to be questioned further about their reasons for breeding and carefully grilled about the background of the parents, ask to see certificates, pet passport and have the breeder scan the dogs microchip
A good, reputable breeder of quality stock cannot where he they have paid good money for the parents cannot afford to sell their puppies at low prices, not to mention the actual cost of breeding and time put into it. Neither will a reputable breeder barter with you, the price is the price, remember it’s not a souk and it makes you look like a cheap person!
The WORST first question you can ask a breeder is the price, understandably we need to know the cost in Egypt but don’t make it you’re only consideration. Buying cheap from “New for You” and other groups proves false economy and disappointing in the long term.
If things should go wrong…
The purchase of a puppy is an important decision to make, in the vast majority of cases both the breeder and new owner will be happy. However, what happens when things do not go as they should?
You should be given some form of “Sales Contract” that outlines buyer and seller protection. In all instances try to mediate with the breeder and openly discuss any issues, try and reach an amicable solution to any problems. If you did your research well, you will have hopefully found a good breeder who will immediately rectify any problems.
Always think hard before buying a puppy, it’s a long road to adulthood with a GSD, testing at times but always full of fun.
Remember: The breeder is the architect, you are the builder; it’s you who creates the dog you want!