Choosing A Puppy

Choosing a Puppy from San Rocco Cane Corso

There are two ways that puppies are picked at San Rocco, you pick them or we pick them. For years I have suggested certain puppies for certain families only to have the family ignore my advice and then it’s common the pup’s temperament is not suitable for that particular family. To this day I do not understand why most people will not listen to the advice of the breeder when it comes to choosing a puppy. Perhaps they are buying into the stigma that is linked to breeders that you must beware of and choose on your own or you may not get a healthy puppy. Regardless of the reason, I can say that its important to get a puppy that will fit into your home. Most people will choose the larger puppy thinking that this puppy will stay large and is very healthy and will be big. This is not necessarily the case and many large pups will often stop growing at some point while the smaller runt may not only catch up over the 1st year of growth but also has a good chance of being the largest in the litter. I would say 50% of the time the runt will be the largest after two years. I wish more people would listen to my advice so now what I typically do is if a puppy will not fit into a home I will just be very upfront with the new family and explain this in detail, there have been times when I did not allow a pup to go to a particular home because of the lack of understanding of the breed and or the inability of the children to respect the puppy and instead may have been trying to play with it like a toy.

An option at San Rocco Cane Corso is to let the customers choose their pups around 5-6 weeks of age and this is typically the norm.

If We the Breeder are Choosing:

If you are relying on San Rocco Cane Corso to chooses a puppy for your family it’s important to make sure they have as much information about you as possible. Make sure to tell them about yourself, your lifestyle, and your expectations of your new puppy. This will enable them to make the best possible match.

We typically ask the following (it’s on the application for the most part)

  • Do you have kids?
  • Are you looking for an energetic or calm pup?
  • Do you want them to be independent or eager to please?
  • Are you home during the day?
  • Do you want a male or female?
  • Are you an active person?
  • What activities are you looking to do with your pet?

When You Pick

If you are allowed to pick a puppy from the litter, you need to know where you are in the pick order. If you were the last person to send in a deposit you will not have an option to choose.  You will simply be given the remaining puppy after everyone else has made their picks.

If you get to pick a puppy from a litter take some time to think about what you are looking for in an adult dog. Use the questions above to help you determine what your needs are. Then discuss what you are looking for with the breeder and let them guide you to the pup that best fits you.  

At San Rocco, unlike many breeders, we are spending time with the puppies from DAY 1.  During this time we will get to know the puppy’s individual personalities and traits. By the time the puppies are ready to be picked, we have a good idea of what each puppy’s temperament will be like as an adult.  It is in the best interest of your breeder to make sure you go home with the right dog.

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