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Tips On Getting The Right Dog For You

Apr 4, 2008
Are you a dog owner? Are you looking for a dog or entertaining bringing one to your household? While dogs are quickly available from a lot of sources, getting the right dog for you Is not easy. There are tons of things you would need to consider: do you want to get a puppy or an older dog? A thoroughbred or a shelter? (Don't forget that there are as well rescued pedigreed dogs available.) Do you prefer a high vigor dog or one who will be pleased to lie adjacent to you and watch TV? Do you prefer a longhair or short hair dog? Do you have time for lots of grooming? Do your want a big dog or a small dog? Are you capable to take your dog for a walk? Will you need a fenced backyard?

The biggest cause of dogs landing up in shelters in this country, believe it or not, isn't dog overpopulation. The majority of dog owners are knowledgeable of the benefits of neutering and spaying their pets. We have dogs in shelters because of unwanted dogs -- owner turn ins and dogs who are forsaken. These owners have gotten dogs without doing the necessary research on the dogs needs and training requirements. Later on the owners see themselves with dogs that need dog training and that might present unwanted behavior. The best way to make certain that dogs are not unwanted or abandoned is to be sure you adopt the right dog for you and your family from the get-go!

There are lots of dog breeders in the net. Some are more reputable than others. You would want a breeder that ask questions about your home situation and about your past experience with the particular dog breed that your are interested on. They should evaluate your answers and try to choose breeds which would match best with you.

Breed selectors are simply a starting point, of course. Prior to acquiring a dog you ought to do your homework. You're adding "someone" to your family who will be with you for 12-15 years, which is a long time. It's an important commitment. Dogs need a lot more than just food and water. They require care, affection, veterinarian care, exercise, and have a lot of other needs. They give us unconditional love reciprocally, but you do need to determine whether or not you'll be able to attend the dog prior to you adopting one.

If you are still considering getting a dog, search around and do some research. What health problems are more common in the particular breed? Have the parents been tested for these health problems? What guarantees does the breeder offer? Does the breeder possess a good reputation? Does he/she belong to any respected clubs? The American Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club are old and reputable kennel clubs. Numerous other kennel clubs have originated in the past few years promoting "pedigreed" "champion" dogs with the purpose of making money. Demand wellness clearances from the parents or you may end up spending a fortune at the veterinarian or, worse, losing your dog to a health problem at an early age.

Designer Dogs or Hybrids have received a lot of media attention in the last few years. These dogs are crossbreeds between other purebred dogs, such as a Beagle and a Pug, or a Shih tzu and a Poodle. Their breeders claim that they've inherited the most adept features from their parents. Maybe, maybe not. They are typically very expensive -- pricer than a registered purebred dog. If an AKC show prospect puppy from parents with all of their health clearances, who could go on to win a Best In Show someday, costs $1000, a puppy from a Designer Dog breeder, a Hybrid, with no background of wellness clearances, might cost $3000. Please remember that all puppies are precious. You should likewise remember that pups at shelters are also "crossbreeds" and are oftentimes the final result of accidental crosses between thoroughbred dogs -- and they only cost a tiny amount of money.

In the end it is up to you what dog you pick out. Some of the times it is love at 1st sight and you may be willing to accept any dog or puppy who speaks to your heart. So be it. But it helps if you know as much as possible about what you are getting into prior to you fall in love with the dog.

Just remember that once the dog is in your household he will be part of the family, and will need attention and love. You want to make certain that the others members of the household agree with the type of dog you get and that they will be able to handle the dog. For example, you would not want to bring home a big dog if you have a frail elderly parent living with you, since the dog could injure him or her or cause a fall. In addition, you would not want to bring home a dog that sheds a significant amount of hair if someone in the family suffers from allergies. Therefore, please make sure that everyone in the household will be able to be around the dog and enjoy it.
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