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How To Find Dogs For Sale On The Gold Coast

How To Find Dogs For Sale On The Gold Coast

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If you’re wondering how to find dogs for sale on the Gold Coast, we hope this article will be helpful for you. Arguably the easiest way might be to pop into a pet shop down the road, or to get a puppy off Gumtree – but these aren’t necessarily the best ways to bringing a new dog home.

The likelihood is that you will save yourself from a lot of heartache if you take your time when looking to find a dog for sale around the Gold Coast. For the best results, there are a few different steps that you should consider taking first. They include:

  • Learning about what (mixed) breed will be the best fit for your lifestyle
  • Deciding if you want to get a puppy, adolescent, adult, or senior dog
  • Speaking to local vets and qualified dog trainers to get their feedback
  • Researching dog breeders, shelters, and rescue organisations

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What type of dog is a good fit for your lifestyle?

Many people don’t realise how much of a dog’s behaviour is influenced by the type of breed they are. Because of this, it’s a good idea to learn about the different types of dog breeds first, and then determine what dog breed would be a good fit for your lifestyle.

Heritability estimates for 14 behavioural traits. Source: The Royal Society Publishing

What do you want to do with your future dog?

It can be helpful to write down why you want a dog, and what activities you are looking forward to doing with your new puppy.

Once you’ve done that, it’s a good idea to speak to as many of the below as you can:

  • Qualified dog trainers
  • Dog clubs
  • Veterinarians
  • Dog owners who already have the breed you’re interested in

The above groups should be able yo give you helpful feedback on your quest for a new dog.

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Where do you find dogs for sale on the Gold Coast?

Once you’re prepared and know what type of dog you want, it’s time to find the perfect dog for you.

In short, here are your options when looking for dogs for sale on the Gold Coast:

  • Dog breeders
  • Dog shelters and rescue organisations
  • Pet shops, Gumtree, Trading Post and similar (don’t do this)

Gold Coast Dogs For Sale: Dog Breeders

At first, when you start looking for a dog breeder, it can be helpful to understand that not all breeders are the same. There’s a difference between purebred dogs and well-bred dogs. It’s not always safe to assume that a dog came from a reputable breeder simply because it’s purebred.

In fact, purebred dogs can have lots of health and behavioural problems too. It’s a common misconception to believe that you’ll do better with a purebred puppy rather than a mixed breed dog from a shelter. It’s hardly ever as black and white like that.

How to find a responsible dog breeder

The problem we have in Australia, is that sometimes we’ve got our heart set on a certain breed which proves difficult to find!

For example, if you want a particular breed of dog, but there are only maybe 5 responsible breeders across the entire country, it’s easy to understand why some people can get caught up and desperate.

It’s not unheard of that prospective dog owners will consider paying thousands of dollars for a certain breed, or find themselves browsing Gumtree dogs from backyard breeders, even though they originally planned on doing the right thing.

And I get it, once you decided that you want to add a new dog to your family, you want to bring the pup home as quickly as possible, and not go on a waitlist with a responsible breeder for 13 months.

But unfortunately these are the cards we’re dealt with in Australia, and some breeds are much harder to come by than other.

That’s why it’s so important to take your time before deciding on a new dog, and to speak to as many professionals as possible.

To find a responsible breeder, it’s best to get off the internet and speak to a local veterinarian or qualified dog trainer. They will know all about who’s good and bad, and can give you plenty of feedback and insights that you won’t be able to find on the internet.

That said, here are some websites you can check that list dogs for sale near the Gold Coast from breeders:

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Dogs for sale near the Gold Coast: Dog Shelters & Rescue Organisations

Many dogs end up in shelters due to no fault of their own and they can be a great addition to your family. Whether you want to adopt or shop is entirely up to you and both options have pro’s and con’s. Whichever options you choose, the most important thing is to do it responsibly.

If you’re a prospective new dog owner who wants to adopt a dog but you don’t know where to start, consider contacting a qualified dog trainer for help. A dog trainer will be able to advise whether a specific type of dog will be a good fit for your lifestyle.

You can even ask them to come along to the shelter with you to help assess the dog before you commit to bringing it home. The truth is that you will probably end up doing some dog training anyways once you brought a new dog home, so there’s nothing wrong in getting a trainer involved beforehand too.

Here are two websites you can use to find rescue dogs near the Gold Coast:

Gold Coast Dogs for Sale: Pet shops, Gumtree, Trading Post and similar

It’s a delicate topic, but here are my two cents worth about looking for dogs for sale near the Gold Coast via the above mentioned sources.

Irresponsible breeding practices can lead to sad and expensive health and behaviour problems which are ultimately contributing to dog abandonment.

That’s not to say that this is always the case, but the fact is that prospective dog owners are less likely to be screened for suitability when they buy from pet shops and online marketplaces.

And I understand that most people hate getting screened for suitability in the first place, and that there are issues with screening processes too.

But if screening or no screening are your only two options, getting screened significantly reduces your risk of ending up with a dog you can’t care for.

In addition, you typically also end up with much less support than you would have received from a dog shelter, rescue organisation, or responsible breeder.

And if you’re a new dog owner, you want all the support you can get, not less of it.

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