Selecting the Right Dog
the decision of what kind of dog you should get is as crucial as making the
decision to get a dog in the first place.
breed is unique in appearance, energy level, temperament (or personality) and
needs. It is important to thorough research to determine which breed of dog is
the right fit for you and your family.
are six key elements of responsibility as a new dog owner that you should
Temperament or Personality
the activity level of the dog that you are considering - is it a passive
and subdued or is it very energetic? Is it resolute or trained without
difficulty? Is the dog curious and friendly when meeting other dogs and people,
or one that is fearful of strangers? Dogs need lots of attention and activity to
avoid becoming bored and destructive. Is the dog comfortable being left alone or
does it require monitoring by way of a dog sitter or doggy daycare? You and your
family will be living with this dog for a long time so you need to make sure
that it's a dog you can live with and that can live happily with your routine as
Male or Female?
there is no major difference in temperament between male or female dogs. If you
plan to show and/or breed your dog, you must be vary cautious to prevent any
unintended breeding by keeping an intact male isolated from a female as she
comes into season. Females go into heat twice a year. If you're getting a dog as
a pet, then you'll want to have it spayed or neutered when the dog is old enough
to do so.
Age of Dog - Puppy or Adult?
face it, puppies are adorably cute. The benefits of raising a puppy are that you
can provide the necessary early socialization, training and desensitization that
it needs every step of the way. The drawback is that training a puppy requires a
substantial amount of patience, not to mention time. If your family is busy with
lots of extra activities outside of the home you should consider that puppies
cannot be left unattended for more than a few hours at a time. They require
frequent feedings, lots of playtime with their new family and ample trips
outside. Adult dogs generally have fewer immediate needs and can be the best
choice for a family with a busy schedule. Adult dogs can be obtained from
breeders or adopted from rescue groups. Adult dogs tend to be already
housebroken, know basic obedience skills and tend to be more subdued.
sure to look beyond the cuteness of that adorable "little" puppy and
remember that puppies grow up. How big will the puppy be when it grows up?
Larger dogs require more food, space to run outside and sufficient room inside
your home as well. Small dogs require a sufficient amount of room to run as well
to eliminate built up energy.
like people, dogs need to be bathed and groomed regularly to stay healthy.
Short-haired dogs are easier to care for than long-haired dogs. A short-haired
(or hairless) dog may need additional protection in cold or rainy weather. This
could be in the form of additional shelter or clothing apparel items. Dogs with
lots of hair may require special grooming with meticulous professional grooming
and trimming. Almost all dogs shed - some more that others, some all year
round. Consider the amount of hair you're willing to put up with and the
grooming expenses that your budget can handle when selecting your dog.
Health, Veterinary Expenses and Pet Insurance
yourself regarding any inherent diseases or conditions to the breed of dog you
are considering. Some breeds are prone to hip displaysia, eye problems and
require screening or special testing. The results of these certifications for
the Sire and the Dam should be made available to you upon request when inquiring
about a puppy. Being educated can help you alleviate future issues that you
might otherwise not be aware of. Pet Health
Insurance is a wise and responsible choice when planning for the healthcare
needs of your dog. Accidents, illnesses and injuries can occur at anytime no
matter how well you care for your dog.
that you've considered the key elements in selecting a dog you'll want to
consider all your options in choice of breed. You can search for the perfect
breed of choice at the AKC (American Kennel Club)
List of Breeds.
should also consider attending an All-Breed Dog Show to see the many breeds and
speak with breeders, that are dedicated to the welfare of their chosen breed.
You can also contact your local kennel club for area breeder referrals and
additional resources. To search for an upcoming dog show in your area go to the Event
Search on the AKC website.
you at the show!
your dog is not a purebred check out
MIXED BREED PROGRAMS