Jade! Wow.... you know - with the right information and a little education a small indoor companion buddy just might be a very good thing for your mom - but you are so right about her needing the reality check and all the good basic common sense information - and the things that we sometimes don't even think about before we make such a life altering decision.
I actually have a few articles started .... can you say *procrastination*?
I will gather up and organize a bunch of info on Introducing the Crate, Crate training, basic obedience, ex-pen/safe-space confinement, etc.... it's a good kick in the butt reason for me to get the things I have been working on finished!
Remy is squeeking in her ex-pen as I write this
I'll take a picture of how I did her set-up too, that would help and actually give a visual to what I sometimes have a hard time explaining.
Also.... Everyone here with small companion breeds! Post and give us the best information, advice, etc. based on your experiences owning one.
Is she armed with the right questions to ask the breeder?
Everyone can help with this too!
1) You should be able to see and interact with the mother of the litter and any other dogs that the breeder has. If the father isn't in the breeder's home, ask to see a picture of him.
2) The pups should be fully weaned, wormed and vet certified healthy - depending on the age of the pups they should have had their first shots prior to being sold.
3) Ask about any health guarantee - get it in writing - Also, there should be a contract - read the entire document.
4) The mother, puppies and living quarters should be clean and the puppies should be used to people and well on their way to being socialized.
5) Get a good feel for how the breeder treats the dogs, are they cherished pets or just puppy makers?
6) Breeder should have good knowledge of the bloodlines, records on all matings and prior litters and be able to give references.
7) The breeder should ask the buyer a lot of questions.
8) Trust your gut - your instinct should tell you a lot about the character of the breeder as well as the dogs and pups.
I know I left things out - help me guys! We all have lots of collective experience here
I'll get what I think the most important information your mom should have and post it ASAP!
It *is* a huge step, lots of hard work and time consuming for at least the first six months, but if this is something she really, really wants, I am pretty sure we can pump her full of information