Choosing a dog is not like choosing a pair of shoes - on the long run it does no good to either the master or the canine that the decision was made based upon scarce information, in a rush, or purely because the given breed was "in fashion", or we have just received a poor little puppy as a gift.
You should never forget that the dog will be part of our family. A dog has feelings, love and a desire to be loved.
When we exercise ample foresight in the selection process, we can well avoid having regrets later on about our dog. Please always remember the circumstances that you live in, so that they match up with the dog of your choice.
Questions you need to ask
How much time will you be having?
Dogs are social beings - they need a lot of attention. You need to devote a lot of time to dogs, especially when they are still puppies.
How much space is needed?
The size of the house, the garden and of the area of the surroundings greatly influences the breed and the size of the dog to be chosen.
Are you capable to provide as much running space for the dog as it needs?
When choosing a dog, you should not only look at the price of the puppy, but you should also consider the costs of keeping as well, since such costs are recurring ones throughout the full lifespan of the dog. Apart from the dog food, you should also consider the price of veterinarian treatments, dog accommodation costs throughout holiday seasons, the costs of injections, treatments, nursing, etc.
Why would you like to have a dog?
Most people would prefer to have a dog as a pet and companion. The choice can obviously be influenced if the future owner intends to use the dog for guard duty or for other working purposes, or he intends to run the dog on shows, or use it for breeding purposes.
Having studied your options, please study the characteristics of the chosen dog as well. Talk to various breeders and dog owners, read all the available books and articles about the chosen breed.
Large or small?
Larger dogs require larger space, regular exercises, and their feeding costs are proportionally larger as well.
Flat or long coat?
Long coated breeds look spectacular, but they also require regular hair care and treatment.
You should ensure that both the surroundings and the treatment of your dog fit with the temperament characteristics of the given breed. An unhappy canine can easily misbehave.
Male or female?
Males are larger in size than females, and they are slightly more open too. Females, on the other hand are more devoted, they love their home better, though given their heat periods twice a year, they require closer attention and supervision.
Puppy or adult?
There are many advantages of adopting a grownup dog - grownups behave, their temperament is known and they are already through with their most destructive phase in life. Having a grownup dog, though, denies the owner the "baby phase" with its incomparable sweetness.
Pedigree puppies shall be purchased from renowned breeders, but if you are not keen on the pedigree, you can easily choose from the lost and found dogs at various dog shelters, where a large number of puppies, eager to get a master are awaiting you.
Choosing and checking
Choose the dog that is active, healthy and clean. Check the inoculations and antihelminthics already received by the dog, along with the ones that are still due. Ask for all the documents and certificates.
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