How do you pick the right puppy from a litter?

How do you pick the right puppy from a litter? Choosing new puppy is not an easy task. You should think about choosing the best puppy in the litter; That’s it, the best puppy for you. Think about selecting a puppy that shares a bond with you, that gets close to you but at the same time respects you. You will have to be guided by your heart and look for a pet that has a temperament that best suits your personality. It sounds easy, but it is not, below are some tips we think will help you in your selection.


Make the decision calmly and without rushing. Choosing the puppy consists of evaluating his behavior in the litter with his siblings. Most people are attracted to puppies that display extreme behaviors such as; the puppy that bites your braids and won’t stop, the one that dominates the rest of the litter, or, the one that is shy and runs away from you.

No exam can determine the behavior and health of the puppy in the future, but you should keep certain aspects that will improve your chances of finding your ideal friend.


The health of the puppy is as important as the behavior, you should look for a puppy in good physical condition and observe:

Eyes: The healthy puppy’s eyes should be clear and bright.
Energy level: A healthy puppy is usually active and alert.
Breathing: The healthy puppy breathes silently, does not cough or sneeze much, and has a moist nose but without much mucus.
Body condition: The healthy puppy looks well-fed, never overweight, or skinny with visible ribs.
Genitals: A healthy puppy does not have visible feces or pus around the genital area.
Walking: When the puppy walks he should walk straight, without limping or unbalance.
Hearing: It is very important that you check the puppy’s hearing. The healthy puppy is usually attentive to external sounds or when you call him.
Vision: The puppy with healthy vision should be able to see and notice objects around him, for example a ball rolling towards him.


Well-mannered puppies often develop into good pets. A puppy that interacts and plays healthily with his siblings will prove to be a calm and balanced dog. He takes note that he never be aggressive with the other puppies in the litter, it is one thing to be dominant and another to be antisocial.

You should observe the puppies’ behavior when playing. Puppies that stay on top are usually dominant, and will also be dominant in the house. The puppy who plays both parts (dominant and dominated) will be more flexible and balanced.

Observe how the puppy reacts when he is bitten by another: he usually stops or continues with the same behavior. Puppies who know how to stop will be able to understand each other better with other dogs and people.


You will have to observe the puppy and its relationship with people. The puppy that likes to be around people and is calm will probably be a social and well-adjusted dog. It is advisable to visit the litter with the family and observe how the puppy interacts with everyone. If you have children, introduce them to the pet to see how it behaves.


Sit a few feet away from the puppy; Then, using a friendly tone, call him or touch the floor with your palm to get him to come closer. If he approaches, encourage him to stay by your side for a while and observe his behavior.
Repeat with the other family members.


Puppies who like people tend to approach without being called. Biting and jumping are puppy things, don’t be alarmed if he jumps on you or bites your shoes, as long as his behavior is not exaggerated.
Shy dogs usually will not want to approach people, and when you call them they will respond with reserve or fear, you will notice that they run away with their tail between their legs.
Independent puppies usually show no interest in people and will do their own thing without paying much attention to people.

You will increase your chances of choosing a good puppy if you choose with your heart and head, avoiding an impulsive decision.