ME-Chelle Michelle Davis
22 Stapleford Drive
Falmouth, ME

info@me-chelle.com

Buyer Beware

On this subject I feel I am somewhat of an expert. As a novice, I’ve made nearly every mistake imaginable in the acquisition of my first few puppies. My downfall, in the early days was, interestingly, emotion. I find the first mistake a person trying to get into the breed is to make puppy selections with his/her heart, not his/her head.

I had been afraid of dogs since one bit me years ago. My husband, a dog lover, convinced me that Italian Greyhounds (IGs) would be a good choice. He took me to a local pet store (first mistake) where I saw my first IGs, a pair of male and female littermates. Although my husband urged caution, I had the pair bought (along with a host of accessories) within five minutes. I had my first two dogs (Max and Wegi). I thought I knew my stuff since I had “papers” on the dogs.

Three weeks later I was in my local mall when I saw a “doggie in the window”. I saw the apparently underage IG in a dirty cage and felt she needed to be rescued. I immediately went into the pet store and paid the exorbitant ransom. A grateful “Lilly” was on her way home. Here too, I could justify the purchase to my husband…Lilly had IG papers.


Well, within a few months I learned of my second mistake. Not all “papers” are created equally. My first two IGs, Max and Wegi, grew into Whippets and Lilly (riddled with health problems) began to show Chihuahuan traits. Although I love my pets, my experience taught me the importance of research and responsible breeding. My advice to anyone who is interested in obtaining show dogs is to, DO YOUR HOMEWORK. I found the Internet to be very helpful as both a learning tool and a resource for contacts, those with the knowledge you need. Though be VERY careful online. A red flag should go up about any breeder who accepts credit cards or who “Ship(s) anywhere”. I can’t say it enough, do your homework.

When seeking a puppy source it is important to be objective. I found helpful tips in this regard on www.italiangreyhound.org/buydog.html


Following their advice, I contacted numerous breeders around the country in search of my first show dog. Along the way I got massive amounts of info on breeding, dog selection, as well as the insight on other breeders.

Needless to say, I have come along way and feel confident I now having the dogs and the basic knowledge to successfully contribute to the breeds I own.


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