Adopting from a Breeder
Acquiring a TT should be thought of as more like adopting a family member than acquiring a possession. Be prepared for it to take some time to find a breeder with a puppy available, and don't be surprised if you are put on a waiting list. Many breeders of quality Tibetan Terriers have only one or two litters a year. It's important to take the time to do things right!
The first step is to honestly assess whether your family situation is right for adopting a puppy (of any breed). Do you have time to spend with a new pet? Will you be able to spend the time to train and socialize you new puppy? Are you expecting your child to be responsible for this new family member? (This is not a very realistic expectation in most cases.) If you're convinced that you're ready for a new pet, then you must determine that the Tibetan Terrier is the proper breed. Look around at the characteristics of Tibetan Terriers here (and elsewhere). Are you ready to commit the time and or expense to groom a dog with a long coat? Are you ready to train a pet that can be stubborn at times?The next step is to find a breeder.
If you're interested in an older dog rather than a puppy, don't hesitate to ask. Sometimes breeders will have older dogs that they are willing to place in new homes, either because they didn't mature into the quality dog that they expected, or because they have reached an age where they are ready to retire. Older dogs may also be available from the rescue organization.
A purebred puppy may seem expensive, but when you spread that cost over the expected lifetime of the dog, and compare it to the other expenses of dog ownership, it will seem like less. You should also consider that for the investment, you are getting the benefit of the knowledge and research that the responsible breeder has done in planning and raising the litter.
The TTCA Breeder Referral Contact
email: breeder referral @ ttca-online . org
The Breeder Referral contact maintains the list of TTCA members who have expressed an interest in being on the breeder list. Visit the page on Breeder Referral for more information about that program. The information there should give you a better idea of how the program works, and what you might expect from a breeder.
You should ask the breeder lots of questions. The breeder should be more than happy to answer all of your questions. The breeder will probably have lots of questions for you, too, as you are about to adopt one of their babies. Don't hesitate to talk to more than one breeder, and find one that you can be comfortable with. The breeder will help you determine if the Tibetan Terrier is the right breed for you. The breeder may then help you select a puppy from what is available. Tell the breeder about your family situation, and your lifestyle. The breeder can then help select a puppy with the temperament that will best fit your situation.
Remember that the breeder has been evaluating these puppies since the day they were born. The breeder may want to reserve some puppies as showing and/or breeding prospects. Those sold as pets (companions) may have some faults which make them unsuitable for showing or breeding, but such faults do not mean that the puppy won't make an excellent companion. Such pets, even though spayed or neutered or sold with a limited registration (see below), may still participate in other activities such as obedience or agility.
The breeder should provide information about the health of the parents, and a pedigree. They should also provide you with the forms required for AKC registration, and written instructions on how to care for your new puppy, as well as a written contract and/or bill of sale. The contract with the breeder will probably specify that you should spay or neuter your pet. This is NOT just a ploy to keep prices higher for breeders. Responsible breeders invest a great deal of time, effort, and expense in an effort to eliminate genetic diseases and improve the breed. They attempt to breed only the best dogs from each litter, spaying or neutering the rest. Spaying or neutering also provides health benefits for the pet, too. Consult your veterinarian for the best time to have it done.
Another option that some breeders will exercise is to sell the puppy with a Limited Registration certificate. A limited registration allows the puppy to participate in all sanctioned AKC activities except conformation showing, and does not allow any offspring from an animal with limited registration to be registered.