Hartzfyrre Whippets & Greyhounds
 

Questionnaire for Puppy Buyers

Prospective Puppy Buyer Questionnaire
To use this questionnaire, copy and paste the questionnaire into an e-mail message, then fill in your responses, and email to me.

As a breeder, my goal is to place each of my puppies in his or her “forever” home.  The process I use to evaluate potential homes begins with the questionnaire below.

Each puppy is an individual.  Just as no two children in a family are identical, no two puppies are exactly alike.  Nor are any two prospective homes the same.  During the first 8-9 weeks of the puppies’ lives, I will be observing and evaluating their physical and personality traits.  And I will compare my observations to the information on each questionnaire to try to determine the most appropriate home for each puppy by matching the needs of each individual dog to each prospective owner’s lifestyle.

Therefore, the answers you provide in this questionnaire are vital in assisting me to match your home with the right puppy.  There are no “right” or “wrong” answers.  Some of the questions may seem personal; however, candor and honesty are very important—remember, you're asking me to trust you for the lifetime of the dog.

 

PROSPECTIVE BUYER INFORMATION
Name: 
Address: 
Home Phone: 
Work Phone: 
Mobile Phone: 
E-mail address:  

GENERAL INFORMATION
 Why do you want a dog?

Are you acquiring a dog for yourself or for someone else?
             If for someone else, are they aware of your intentions, or is the dog to be a surprise?

Do you have children living with your or visiting regularly?  
             If yes, please note gender and ages.
             Are you prepared to teach any resident or visiting children the proper way to conduct themselves around dogs?


How do others in your household (spouse/significant other, parents, children, etc.) feel about the addition of a Whippet or Greyhound?

Who in your family will be primarily responsible for:
             daily care of the dog
             clean up
             training
             exercise
             vet and food bills

How would you describe your household activity level? 
             Very quiet
             Rather easygoing
             Usually something going on
             Lots of activity

How did you learn about Whippets /Greyhounds?  

Why do you want a Whippet /Greyhound?  

Have you considered other breeds? 
             If yes, what breed(s) and why?

For each dog you currently own, please list the following:
             Name – Breed or mix – Sex – Age – Is pet spayed or neutered?

For each dog you have owned in the past 10 years, please list the following:
             Name – Breed or mix – Sex – Age – Was pet spayed or neutered? – Why do you no longer own the animal? 
             (If deceased, please give age at death and cause of death.)

Do you have other pets? 
             If yes, please list.


LIVING ARRANGEMENTS
Do you live in:
             apartment
             house
             townhouse
             other (describe)

In which type of area is your home located?
             urban
             suburban
             rural

Do you own your home or are you renting?  

Do you have a fenced yard?
             If yes, size of yard, type and height of fencing.
     
Are there any dog restrictions or laws in your area? 

Have you checked into local council rules in your area pertaining to owning/housing an animal (e.g., leash laws, dog licenses, etc.)? 

Have you ever used a crate in housetraining a puppy or dog?  
             Do you intend to use a crate for this dog?

If you have to be away from home for a few days and are unable to take the dog, what arrangements will you make to provide for his/her care?

In the event of emergency (e.g., hospitalisation, natural disaster, etc.), who would take care of your dog?  

If you were to move, what would happen to your dog?
 
When you travel with the dog, where will he/she ride?

How do you envision a dog fitting into your home (schedule, indoor/outdoor activities, exercise, etc.)?

Where will the dog spend most of his/her time? 
             Where will the dog be when you are at home? 
             How long each day will the dog be alone?   
             Where will the dog be when you are away? 
             Where will the dog sleep?


YOUR INTERESTS/GOALS
 Are you interested in a puppy, an older pup, or an adult dog?

Would you prefer to have a female or male dog?

Please describe any physical attributes that are of particular importance to you in the puppy/dog you are seeking at this time?

Are you prepared to spay/neuter your dog, or are you interested in breeding?

Please describe any character attributes which are of particular importance to you in the puppy/dog you are seeking at this time?

GROOMING, EXERCISE, AND TRAINING

In addition to the normal routine at home, what activities will your Whippet /Greyhound have?
             Walk routinely with a family member
             Go to classes
             Compete in dog shows or performance events
             Go to your place of business with you
             Travel with you
             Be a playmate for your children
             Be a playmate/companion for other pets
             Other (specify)

Do you belong to any dog or dog sports club(s)?  
             If yes, please list.

Have you ever trained a dog?  Attended training classes?
             If yes, please describe how you trained and what commands were taught.

How do you intend to obedience train your puppy?   (On your own?  With a club/trainer?  What commands will you teach and what training methods will you use?)

Have you ever experienced any behavior problems with past or present pets? 
             If yes, how did you handle those problems?



OTHER

Please add any additional information or thoughts that you feel would help me to understand you as a potential whippet/greyhound owner and the home you can offer the dog.

What questions do you have for me?



 

Contact Details

Denni & Tony Maxwell
Bredbo, ACT, Australia
Email : [email protected]