But in the weeks and months that follow, so many of these puppies become throwaway dogs, allowed to run loose to be injured or killed or taken to the pound. Christmas is the very worse time to buy a puppy for the family.
When a puppy is taken from the mother, it needs a calm place, a quiet period of adjustment in its new home. The excitement of Christmas is frightening to a new puppy—a bad beginning.
For children, getting a Christmas puppy can be like getting just another toy. It’s great for a few days or weeks and then the fun wears off. The toy is abandoned, but the puppy is still scampering around, a living thing with constant needs.
Before getting a dog, a family must have a commitment to make it part of the family. And no matter how much children say they will take the responsibility of a dog, they won’t. They can’t. They lack the experience, maturity, attention span, and patience to properly train and socialize a dog. Adults must be prepared to accept 95% of the responsibility.
And here is something else to consider: according to statistics kept by humane societies, every year a majority of the puppies and kittens born in the United States don’t live past their second birthdays because of clueless, irresponsible, or cruel owners.
Allowing the puppy to be killed or injured or taking it to the pound will be an ugly family memory.
More information on buying a family puppy is on this web page by Pet Rescue. It gives a thorough discussion on Christmas puppies and better ways of introducing a puppy into the family