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Responsible Dog Ownership
Becoming a dog owner is a big responsibility and needs to be well thought through before purchasing, adopting, or rescuing any animal. Time, patience, and a lot of love goes into being a good pet owner.
Dogs have their own individual personalities just as humans do. Personalities clash in any relationship. Do not even consider buying a dog with undesired breed characteristics. Researching online to find the breed with the appropriate personality is a simple task.
We all know people who have personalities that are annoying, don't choose a dog with that same type of personality. You will need to choose whether you want a male or a female. Some dogs are hard-headed dog, some are submissive, some dogs don't like strangers while others will meet them at the door. These are very important factors to consider before becoming a dog owner.
Puppies are cute. Plain and simple? Not really, all dogs grow up and get bigger, so consider the size of breed and the lifestyle it will lead. Large dogs require a lot of space for playing and exercise so life in an apartment may be too confining. Someone who lives in an apartment and is gone from home a lot, may not need to get a big dog. Toy and smaller breeds are the best choices for a house dog or lap dog. Yet, many large dogs are also great house dogs as well, provided that they are able to get enough exercise.
Depending on whether the dog will be an indoor or outdoor dog can also help when choosing the dog's coat, since the amount of shedding may be an issue. Grooming is a must with any breed of dog. Some may require routine trimming, while brushing may be enough for others.
Study the breed chosen to see if they are more prone to certain illnesses and will be visiting the veterinarian's office more often. When purchasing a pure bred dog, check the family history for any problems that might be common for that specific breed. For example: Labs are prone to have hip dysplasia, check to see if this may become a problem due to a stronger family history of this condition. A dog's "family tree" should be seen by new owners, since these conditions are often hereditary.
Pet insurance may be something to consider purchasing for a new pet, especially when they are gotten at a young age since most companies offer cheaper rates for dogs insured as a puppy. With the right insurance a lot of money can be saved on routine visits and medications. The first few years can be expensive when you consider the vaccinations a puppy receives, or the cost of spaying/neutering your pet.
Owning a dog is a big responsibility that should not be taken lightly. Pets deserve good homes and will be faithful to owners they love. Please consider spaying/neutering dogs to help prevent stray and unwanted puppies if there are no plans for future breeding..
Various Breed Links
- American Kennel Club - Pomeranian
- American Kennel Club - Labrador Retriever
- American Kennel Club - Basset Hound
- American Kennel Club - Dachshund
- American Kennel Club - Golden Retriever
- American Kennel Club - Great Dane
- American Kennel Club - American Eskimo Dog
- American Kennel Club - Shih Tzu
- American Kennel Club - Dalmatian
- American Kennel Club - Alaskan Malamute
- American Kennel Club - Boxer
- American Kennel Club - Doberman Pinscher
- American Kennel Club - Yorkshire Terrier
- American Kennel Club - Chihuahua
- American Kennel Club - Boston Terrier
- American Kennel Club - Lhasa Apso
Cute Animal Videos
- ASPCA | Pet Statistics
Facts about animal shelters and animal ownership in the United States.
- Animal Shelter Euthanasia
National euthanasia statistics are difficult to pinpoint because animal care and control agencies are not uniformly required to keep statistics on the number of animals taken in, adopted, euthanized, or reclaimed.
Rescue & Adoption Links
- North Carolina Pet Shelters and Animal Rescue
Listing of animal rescue and pet shelter websites in North Carolina
- Dog Adoption | PEDIGREE Dog Adoption Drive
- American Kennel Club - Breed Rescue
These contacts can assist you with information about purebred rescue.
- Pet adoption: Want a dog or cat? Adopt a pet on Petfinder
Pet adoption: adopt a homeless pet (dog or cat) or pets from animal shelters. Petfinder has helped with more than 13 million pet adoptions since 1995.
- Top Five Reasons to Adopt : The Humane Society of the United States
Thinking of getting a new pet? Here's why you should adopt, not shop.