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How to Choose a Breed of Puppy
They say that choosing a puppy is one of the easiest tasks. Yet, every year, countless pups eventually end up at adoption centers. A possible reason is most people do not know how to opt for the right breed.
How does one go about choosing the right breed? First of all, make sure that the pup would suit your family and living situations. If you have had dogs earlier, think about your past experience. Decide whether you have the necessary time to train, groom and exercise your pet. The other things concern you – like your health condition, financial status and the kind of space available in your home or even the backyard. One of the most important things a pet needs is your time. Do you have it?
One of the most important aspects behind selecting a dog is the kind of relationship you want to have with your pet. While some breeds of dogs make them rather aloof though smart, some could be fiercely independent and filled with energy at al times. There are also dog breeds that are docile, timid and submissive. If you have a penchant for training dogs, select a breed that is habitually trainable and are brave. However, if you are looking for a dog that needs cuddle all the time, pick a breed that is friendlier and wants to have people around him.
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Questions to answer
Answering the following questions could help you to decide whether a particular breed of dog would fit your lifestyle:
a) How much time can I devote to the dog that yearns for human companionship? If you do not have the necessary time for the pet, you need to select a breed that is independent by nature and does not crave for company.
b) Can I exercise the dog? If you do not like exercises, you need to keep a dog with a short walk. However, if you are a hardy person who likes to climb mountains all the time, choose a breed that is hard working and likes exercises.
c) How much time do I have to train the dog? If you are short of time, choose a breed that does not need much training.
d) What is the kind of space I have for the dog in the house? If you are cramped for space, you should not keep a dog that is large.
After you finish answering the questions above, it is now time to find the right breed of dog. You could begin searching the net where you could start your search with terms like ‘dog breed information’ or ‘dog breeds’. You could be led to some of the best sites on the net which would provide you with all the information you need before you select any.
There are several characteristics you need to study. For example, what do you prefer – small or big, purebred or mix, male or female, short coat or furry? Should you keep a dog that needs a lot of exercise? Can you manage a dog that needs a lot of grooming? Think hard about these issues after which you can make a short list of the most-preferred dog breed.
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Ask for opinions
It also makes sense to ask your family, friends, colleagues, etc regarding what dog breed they think would be most suitable for you and your family. Ask for their impartial views about the breeds they recommend. There are dog training schools and also breeders who you may consult regarding the breed of dog you are currently thinking of. Meeting a couple of dogs of your preferred breed could also enlighten you further in the matter.
Finally select a particular dog breed, after consulting your whole family. After all, the pet is going to be part of your family and everyone in the family ought to feel good about the newcomer and willing to help out during its care and grooming.
Hopefully you learned about how to choose a puppy, that is bound to bring bundles of joy and fun in the family once it arrives.