Choosing the Right Breed of Dog for You

Now that you’ve given it considerable thought and decided that a dog is indeed the right pet for you and your family, it’s important to choose the right breed. Make sure to do your research on the various breeds and their personality and temperament before choosing a breed. You can use the following link to view all the breeds and choose a dog whose personality will be a match for your lifestyle and situation:

http://www.akc.org/breeds/

Now that you have decided which breed best suits you, do you want to adopt a dog or buy a pure bred dog? If you really want a pure bred dog, the breeder should be knowledgeable and able to answer all your questions about a particular breed. Also look for papers to be in order, the general conditions, cleanliness and appearance of the puppies. It is also helpful to ask your vet or a local breed club for a recommendation. Make sure to ask the breeder important questions such as:

• Where do the puppies live?
• May I see the parents?
• How many litters do you raise each year?
• Do you offer health clearance documents?

A great deal of thought will have to go into choosing the right breed of dog for your family. If you have children, the temperament and activity level of the dog will be a major factor in deciding breed. The temperament and activity level of the dog should more or less match the temperament and activity level of your child. You should allow every member of the family, including all children, to meet and spend time with the dog to check for any compatibility issues. A visit will also ensure that no one in the family has an allergy.

Another consideration with various breeds of dogs will be affordability. The expense of the dog will go far beyond just the purchase price or cost of the adoption. You will have to figure into the equation the cost of health care, food and grooming of the dog. Obviously, large dogs will cost more because they eat more but you should also be aware that many apartments have restrictions on the size and breed of a dogs. This could be a problem if you do not own your own home. It is also imperative to be aware that certain pure bred dogs are prone to genetic health conditions whereas mixed breed dogs are not. It is best to be aware of the possible health problems and be prepared to pay more for health care.

If you have decided to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue agency, make sure to visit the facility in person. Many places have photos online of the animals they have for adoption. It is better to visit in person as most places don’t have real time offerings online and many times, pets don’t photograph well. Don’t be afraid if you have never owned a dog in the past. Ask the staff questions and listen to what they have to say about the dog you are considering for adoption. Many times, if you are still unsure, the shelter may allow a foster care situation.

Choosing a breed of dog can be difficult with so many options. Take your time and learn all the pros and cons of each breed. Don’t just fall for the first cute face you see!

Shiraz.

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