Here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding to give a puppy as a gift.
1. Is this person able to take on the financial responsibility for the pet? Having a dog includes the following expenses: feeding, vaccines, toys, grooming (if needed), emergency vet trips and much more.
2. Proper living space and time for exercise. Puppies especially need lots of potty breaks and exercise, if the person receiving the puppy does not have time for this they may need to hire someone to do this or have a family member take care of it.
3. Is a puppy the best option as a gift, or should you adopt a pet?
These are only a few of the many serious questions you should ask yourself before gifting a pet to someone. If the receiver of the pet is not ready to fully commit to raising the puppy, they may end up selling or taking them to the shelter.
Pets are meant to be family members, and treated as such. If you are certain someone is ready for this responsibility, a puppy can be a very rewarding gift! Please remember that adopting pets can be just as, if not more rewarding. There are plenty of dogs who are looking for a loving family and home!