With literally hundreds of different dog breeds to choose from, you will need to undertake some time and research to narrow down your choices and choose the best breed for you. Your final decision will be based on a number of factors including breed health, activity levels, temperament and grooming requirements. In making this choice, you need to consider what you and your family are looking for in a dog and how the breed may interfere with this. Think about the fun factor, as well as the potential for interactivity and learning between the dog and your family. Knowing about the breeds behavior with children and other pets will also play a large role in choosing the perfect dog for you.
In the first place, you should narrow your breed choices down depending on what you are able to handle regarding owning a dog itself. If you enjoy spending time outdoors or swimming then you will want to choose a dog that can also enjoy these activities. If you are not concerned about disturbing the neighbors with barking and howling, then the lower energy dogs and dogs with minimal shedding are the best choice for you. If you want a dog that will greet you at the door when you return from work, you should choose a dog that normally does this.
Shedding can also be a big issue for many people. If you do not plan on letting your dog’s hair grow long, then opting for a long haired dog may be an excellent idea. Over time you will be able to maintenance the minimum shedding with regular brushing and bathing. However, if you want a long haired dog with the delights of curly hair, then finding a dog whose hair comes in one length only may be the best option for you.
A dog’s temperament and personality is another very important trait to take into consideration. If you are experiencing any major stress in your life, it may be a good idea to consider leaving your dog in an animal shelter. While many of the dogs found there are nervous or shy, this doesn’t mean they don’t need love and attention. This can be a wonderful way to find a dog that fits into your life style and fits with the needs of the people and animals in the shelter. You may even be able to help the shelter improve their staff, as many shelters are in need of good, hardworking, loving volunteers.
Once you’ve narrowed down your choices and chosen the best breed for you, you can also look briefly at the parents of the puppy to gain a better understanding of the different personalities dynamics of the dogs before making your final decision. The shelter should be able to inform you of the exact temperaments of the parents and any future measures the dog may take.
You should also consider how the puppy is taking to its new home. If the dog is skittish and looks scared or deals with noise anxiety, or is finicky and refuses to eat or sleeps too much, then this may be an indication of another illness. Don’t make assumptions, and always stay positive and encouraging. This goal is to help make the adoption process as easy as possible.
If you choose an intact dog to adopt, keep in mind that it may take 12 to 14 weeks for your new arrival to settle in. If you choose a mixed breed, keep in mind that her offspring may be unpredictable. Keep an eye on her and her offspring and you’ll be pleasantly rewarded with a happy, healthy pet that will give you many years of love and devotion.